From the “Goffredo Parise” school of reportage in Treviso to the newsletter “Appunti” by the journalist Stefano Feltri

Sofia Sossai, an high school student in Conegliano, "discovered" by the presenter of the "Prima Pagina" press review for Radio Rai 3, tells how her generation thinks in the new column "Parlarne tra amici" (Talking among friends). In the conference room of the Chamber of Commerce in Treviso, the fourth lesson on narrative journalism for forty-five students from the province with Riccardo Staglianò, correspondent of the weekly extra "Venerdì di Repubblica", and Lisa Iotti, correspondent of the TV programme "Presadiretta"

Events - published on 02 February 2024

Fonte: ufficio stampa Premio Goffredo Parise


The “Goffredo Parise” school of reportage in Treviso is bearing its first fruits, towards the training and discovery of new talents in Italian journalism. Sofia Sossai, 18, a final year student at the high school ‘Marconi’ in Conegliano, is the new signing of the newsletter ‘Appunti’, a digital editorial project aimed above all at young people (the ‘post-pediculous generation’), created by Stefano Feltri, former director of Editoriale Domani and former deputy director of “Il Fatto Quotidiano“, presenter of the “Prima Pagina” press review for Radio Rai 3. Stefano Feltri, in November 2023, was the lecturer at the first lesson of the reportage school, now in its fourth edition, founded by Antonio Barzaghi and Maria Rosaria Nevola as part of the Goffredo Parise Prize for investigative journalism. The school is supported by the municipalities of Salgareda, Ponte di Piave and Treviso, the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites , the Province of Treviso and the Soroptimist Club.

I met Sofia Sossai, an 18-year-old high school student, at a journalism course I held in Treviso, as part of the Goffredo Parise school of reportage. I asked her to do something difficult but, I think, interesting: to report in a column what she talks about with her high school peers, – writes Stefano Feltri. Not just her opinions, but her interactions: for some time now there has been a complete disconnect between the issues, priorities and interests of a generation that grew up without newspapers and the one that dominates the public debate with its newspapers, talk shows, radio programmes. Those under the age of 30 live in a different public sphere, which has other priorities, other reference figures, other evaluation criteria. I asked Sofia to help us understand not only what she and her friends think, but also how they think. The column is entitled “Talking among friends” and in the first appointment the Conegliano student tackles the question of how to choose a university.

It’s not every day that you see and talk to journalists from Rai, Repubblica (and elsewhere), and writers. In short, people who do this job every day. I feel a great thrill listening to them talk, – this is how Sofia Sossai introduces herself, Each lesson is stimulating, offering insights from articles, reportage to actual books. The mantra here, at the School of Reportage, is this: before writing, it is essential to read. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the first person: I, for example, have just started writing for Stefano Feltri in his newsletter Appunti‘.

On Tuesday 30 January, in the conference room of the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites , the fourth meeting of the reportage school for the year 2023-2024 took place, attended by 55 students from seven high schools of various addresses: “Duca degli Abruzzi”, “Canova” and “Da Vinci” of Treviso; “Marconi” of Conegliano; “Berto” of Mogliano Veneto; “Giorgione” of Castelfranco Veneto; “Scarpa” of Oderzo.

The lecture explored the potential of narrative journalism, under the guidance of another “extraordinary” lecturer: Riccardo Staglianò, correspondent of “Venerdì di Repubblica”, as well as author of essays published by Einaudi and lecturer, from 2000 to 2010, of new media at the Third University of Rome. Alongside the ‘Repubblica’ journalist also Lisa Iotti, correspondent of ‘Presadiretta’ and tutor of the ‘Parise’ reportage school.

Curiously enough, the only thing they don’t teach in Italian journalism schools is style. Which is a bit like there is no drawing course at the academy of fine arts. Starting from this observation, Riccardo Staglianò constructed his seminar on narrative journalism, drawing heavily from the undisputed champions of the genre: from Tom Wolfe to David Foster Wallace, from Emmanuel Carrère to Joan Didion.

Moreover, the correspondent-teacher shared with the students the tools of the trade, honed in almost a quarter of a century of profession: from the preparation to the writing of a reportage, up to the use of generative artificial intelligence as a powerful ally.

On 22 February, the Treviso high school students will meet Emiliano Poddi, author of novels published by Feltrinelli and teacher at the Holden School of Writing and Cinema in Turin, founded thirty years ago by the writer Alessandro Baricco.

Translated by Cecilia Flaccavento
Intern at the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites

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