Presentation of the Goffredo Parise School of Reportage at the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites

Goffredo Parise Prize, the words of President Mario Pozza

Promo - published on 08 November 2023


Source: press office presidency of the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites

The press conference presenting the Goffredo Parise School of Reportage was held at the Chamber of Commerce. President Pozza emphasised the value of the school and thanked Mr. and Mrs. Barzaghi for having conceived this moment of high training that the Chamber of Commerce supports and hosts.

The words of President Mario Pozza

We are working with absolute dedication towards young people as the present and future of our socio-economic reality.
We want to convey to them that they are at the centre of the Chamber’s will, ready to accompany them on paths that will help them develop constructive ideas and outline visions for their educational and professional future here in Italy.

We carry out this path with important partners such as the Goffredo Parise school that we support and host again this year here at the Chamber of Commerce.

The school of reporting has a great significance, with its workshops led by the great figures of journalism, which is to delve into the news in order to break it down, reconstruct it, and transmit it, refining one’s critical sense and having a solid foundation of knowledge to identify an effective, authentic, and ethical communication that will be the winning communication to present Italy here and around the world.

The Treviso “Goffredo Parise” School of Reportage, dedicated to young people getting involved in the craft of investigative journalism, special correspondents in the age of Artificial Intelligence, is starting up again. The 2023 – 2024 academic year starts on 7 November, coordinated by Maria Rosaria Nevola, the school’s creator with Antonio Barzaghi. Six lessons will be held in the Chamber of Commerce and in the Santa Caterina auditorium by the ‘bigs’ of television and print journalism: Stefano Feltri, Riccardo Iacona, Lisa Iotti, Irene Sicurella, Riccardo Staglianò and Emiliano Poddi.

In the name of Goffredo Parise, writer and journalist, master of memorable reportages on the most important historical events of the second half of the twentieth century, from 7 November the city of Treviso will welcome authoritative professionals of television and print journalism, in the role of lecturers in the frontal lessons and workshops of the “Goffredo Parise” school of reportage. The journalists involved are Stefano Feltri, Riccardo Iacona, Lisa Iotti, Irene Sicurella, Riccardo Staglianò and Emiliano Poddi.

With the academic year 2023-2024, the school reaches its fourth edition, born on the impulse of the prestigious “Goffredo Parise Prize for reportage“, created in 2017 by Antonio Barzaghi and Maria Rosaria Nevola. The training project stems from the need to offer young people of Generation C (those that digital analyst Brian Solis has defined as ‘”connected consumers“) the basic skills, both theoretical and practical, needed to produce a reportage in a society experiencing epochal technological upheavals. This year the theme developed is precisely Generative Artificial Intelligence and its multiple implications with the complex world of global information, increasingly pervaded by new communication models not created by human thought, e.g. Chatgpt and Midjourney to name the best known.

This means that anyone will be able to generate highly credible content: we will be able to write a report on a distant war without ever having moved from the living room, interview people who do not exist, or publish photos of places we have never seen, – writes Lisa Iotti, tutor at the school of reporting, – Fake news, manipulations, errors will multiply and spread like wildfire. In the midst of all this noise, we run the risk of no longer having the cognitive tools to discern what is true from what is false, what is right from what is wrong, what must be done from what must not be done. Fortunately, our brains, especially the younger ones, are plastic. So certain neural networks, those deputed to reflection, abstraction, empathy, can be strengthened, as if they were muscles, to the detriment of those that process information quickly and superficially. There are many gyms to do this: trying to make a reportage-investigation, which requires time, investigation, comparison, curiosity, is one of them, regardless of whether one later wants to be a journalist or a dentist. Everyone needs to understand the world. The hope is that the ‘Goffredo Parise’ School of Reportage can light a few fires and make people imagine a future they had not thought of, as has happened in past years.

There are 55 students from high schools in the province of Treviso who will get involved, learning the tools of the trade of special correspondent, authors of reportages that will investigate the present, governed by digital technologies. The students come 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 venue for the courses will be the conference room of the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites. The Chamber is one of the supporters of the reportage school, a parterre that includes the municipalities of Treviso, Salgareda, Ponte di Piave and Oderzo, the Veneto Region, Banca Prealpi SanBiagio and Ascopiave.

The initiative, pursued with rigour and tenacity, aims to open up a broad cross-section of knowledge made possible by the sensitivity, availability and high level of professionalism of the lecturers, –  say Antonio Barzaghi and Maria Rosaria Nevola, – It has thus succeeded in bringing to life in the Treviso area a unique frontier enterprise that involves political, administrative and economic institutions as well as local companies of excellence.

Opening the 2023 – 2024 academic year on Tuesday, 7 November will be Stefano Feltri, former editor of Editoriale Domani and former deputy editor of the newspaper “Il Fatto Quotidiano“, presenter of the “Prima Pagina” press review for Radio Rai 3. Stefano Feltri will give a lecture on the distinction between a news article and an opinion article, in the light of the digital evolution of news, which makes it increasingly difficult to clearly separate the two categories.

On Wednesday 8 November, Riccardo Iacona, one of Italy’s most esteemed journalists, author of historical reportages on public television, presenter of the tv programme “Presadiretta” (Rai 3 channel) for 15 years and winner of numerous awards, including the “Parise 2022”, will return to Treviso. He will give a lectio magistralis in the Santa Caterina auditorium, four intense hours (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on the ability to dig into small and big stories. The lectio is also open to high school students and not only to students of the reportage course. The meeting will be an extraordinary opportunity to discover the job of journalist and correspondent, but also to make young people steeped in social media and influencers understand how humanity and humility are necessary qualities in the baggage of those who want to go out and investigate the world.

Lisa Iotti and Irene Sicurella will conduct the lesson on 13 December, in which they will focus on what the students have learnt in the previous meetings, laying the foundations for their investigations or reportages and unravelling the topics the students intend to work on, so as to assess those that are feasible and those that are not. Lisa Iotti, correspondent of “Presadiretta”, is the author of numerous reportages, including “Iperconnessi”, which won her the Parise Prize, together with Irene Sicurella, editor and correspondent of “Presadiretta” for 8 years, with whom she has signed long investigations.

The fourth meeting, 30 January 2024, will feature Riccardo Staglianò, correspondent of “Venerdì di Repubblica” (“The Friday of 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. His lecture will focus on novelists who have written effective reportages, following in the footsteps of great names in international literature who have tried their hand at journalism such as Tom Wolfe, David Foster Wallace, Emmanuel Carrère and Joan Didion.

On 22 February will come Emiliano Poddi who, in addition to being the author of novels published by Feltrinelli, is a lecturer at the Holden School of Writing and Cinema in Turin, founded thirty years ago by Alessandro Baricco. Reading Dino Buzzati and his historical reportage in the newspaper Corriere della Sera, on the Vajont tragedy, and analysing scenes from films and novels, the meeting with Poddi will develop the origin of a story, how to write it in order to make it stand up, what the fundamental tools of narration are and how these can work in the construction of a reportage.

The last theoretical lesson, on 25 March, will be ‘choral’, led by Lisa Iotti, Irene Sicurella, Riccardo Staglianò and Emiliano Poddi. In the epilogue to the school of reportage in Treviso, the students will have to present the drafts of their work and, in discussion with the team of teachers, they will discuss in groups the investigation produced, its structure, the writing followed, and work on the individual texts to perfect them. This is preparatory to the start of the practical phase, scheduled for April, in which the planned reports and investigations will be completed. The result of what has been learnt in five months of lessons is to be edited in view of the “Goffredo Parise 2024 Prize” ceremony, scheduled for 11 May at the “Mario Del Monaco” Theatre in Treviso. In addition to nationally renowned reporters, the school students who produced the best work will also be awarded on the occasion. The award is presided over by Andrea Favaretto, mayor of Salgareda, a place close to the heart of the writer from Vicenza who retired here in the 1970s, inspired by the extraordinary nature of the Piave River Grave and where he wrote “Sillabario”, his most beautiful book of short stories.

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