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Mobile Journalism: the state of the art in Italy in 2018


Francesco Facchini
Mobile Journalism: the state of the art in...

The italian mojo is gronw: a lot…

In September, it will be more or less two years from the beginning of my project to disclose mobile journalism in Italian. Maybe a little more if you go to reread this article dated April 9, 2016, when I was still talking about mobile journalism almost without knowing that I was in a new culture and a new world of journalism. Read it, it’s tenderness. Yeah, I also like to think that all my project is in front of everyone, readable from beginning to end, even now that this blog travels stable on 1800 unique readers per month. On mobile journalism, then, I also wrote this article, telling a state of things that was anything but rosy, at least at that time. It was October 16, 2016 and everything still had to be done (and I had to …).

The italian community is there to stay

The Italian mobile journalism was born in 2015 from the vision of Nico Piro, a colleague of Tg3, but also from the courage of Lazzaro Pappagallo, leader of the Roman Press association who first launched courses on the subject. In 2017, Italian Mojo was born in Milan, by the hand and heart of Fabio Ranfi, Fabio Benati, Andrea Fontana and Sabrina Della Valle. Courses, events, public protests, collaborations with the Regional Order of Lombardy journalists. Step by step, the Roman Mojo Italia and the Milanese Italian Mojo were born, grew up and developed, starting to penetrate the words mobile journalism into the common language of Italian journalism. Some courses have also been developed by the Journalistic Documentation Center, always with the Romans Enrico Farro and Nico Piro, in charge of drafting a book on the subject of mobile journalism which will be released in September 2018.

A special course in Lombardy

Italian Mojo, on the other hand, has reached over 400 people in one go in the event organized by the Odd Lombardo “I want to do freelance” at the Palazzo della Regione in September 2017, course also repeated in March 2018. Over 200 were present to “Stati Generali dell’Informazione in Lombardia” at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan. Hundreds of people trained in courses and those touched by accessory courses such as the one developed in June 2018 with references also to professional ethics and Brand Jourmalism. The Milanese community grows with less intensity than the Roman one, but already has examples of journalists dropped in the newsrooms and companies to contaminate the normal flow of work with the virus of mobile journalism.

Paris and Galway, to let know that we are in…

My speech at Mojofest 2018

2018 will be remembered, in Italy, also for two other steps that have led the Italian community to strengthen again. I’m talking about my participation as a speaker at the “La Mobile Video” conference in Paris in February 2018 and my participation as a moderator of a panel at the Galway conference, the Mojofest that everyone is remembered as an international reference point for the community.

Academic experiences

Among my academic activities there are to be counted, in the last university season, courses at the Masters of Iulm (Wellness and Beauty, Management of sport and Food and Wine), the course of Sport Management of the University of Pavia and a lesson at the Lumsa journalism school. Also of great importance are the experiences of Nico Piro, with whom I share the role of disseminator of mobile journalism in Italian. The colleague of the foreign editorial staff of Tg3 was engaged, with the help of Enrico Farro, at the Master of the Sole 24 Ore and at the Business School of the newspaper, at the School of Journalism of Salerno, he was one of the most “acclaimed” speakers of the Dig in Riccione and has also represented Italy at the ninth conference of the European Broadcasting Union in 2017. These days there are other elements that make us think of news about the Schools of Journalism (Lumsa in particular), but I can not yet say anything . Mobile journalism, however, has slowly entered the rooms where the present and future of journo ar studied.

The role of Lazzaro Pappagallo, of Fabio Benati and the istitutions

More success occurred in 2018: the year that will be remembered as that of the first Italian mobile journalism festival, Mojo Italia. To do justice to the event some things must be underlined. The first is the role of Lazzaro Pappagallo, a trade unionist at the top of the Roman Press movement. The work of this professional, the protection and the white paper given to the team of Mojo Italy to organize the festival, in short, the support provided is crucial for the history of Italian mobile journalism (and I do not want Nico Piro and all the Roman team). Just as his colleague Fabio Benati in Milan, a man of the Order who has always been active in the politics of the profession, in Rome Lazzaro Pappagallo showed the life of the renovation intepretanto a role of the union as that institution that “must bring the worker – are words his – where there is work “. I am convinced that Pappagallo is a keystone for the future of mobile journalism and I wish my Roman colleagues that it is there for a long time. Fabio Benati, on the other hand, has been spending by my side for over a year spreading the word of mobile journalism and guiding me wisely in relations with institutions to “conquer”, to convince, to fall in love. An outstanding professional who has been fighting for the good of the profession for decades, beyond the political currents and conveniences.

Institutions such as the FNSI, the national union of journalists, seem to follow with interest the movement of Italian mobile journalism, just as the President of the Lombard Journalist Association Alessandro Galimberti does so vigorously, who is also working for the introduction of mobile journalism in the Institute for Education. to Walter Tobagi Journalism. Path not easy … it seems.

The president of Odg Lombardy, Alessandro Galimberti

I am working alongside him and I try to support it, because I think that change should be helped and supported within the institutions. Being out to criticize is very, too easy. In this sense I have also seen my friend Carlo Verna, National President of the Order of Journalists, to tell him about the project with passion.

The great event: Mojo Italia

Nico Piro, number one of Mojo Italia

Made the premise, I can go into the specific with the story of Mojo Italy. The first festival of Italian mobile journalism. It is from 21st to 23rd September, at the Roman Press and the Casa del Cinema, immersed in the beautiful Villa Borghese. He is organizing the team of Mojo Italy that, part of Nico Piro, also has other mojo as Natalia Castaldini or Vally Corona, but sees the passionate participation of the entire Roman mojo community. A close-knit team that has set up 15 free seminars in 3 days of event, for what is a great free training event for journalists and visual professionals, with the collaboration of Italian Mojo and the Filmaker Association directed by Enrico Farro . Editing with Kinemaster or Luma Fusion, introduction to mojo, Vlogging, other social media such as Instagram, how to make a podcast: these are just some of the three-day topics for a dense program, with top-level national experts, you can find here.

From the first news there are over 300 entries for the seminars for an event that announces itself as the one that will divide a first from a later in the history of Italian mobile journalism. All this also because there is a first shy interest also from publishers who, probably, will peep at the event. There will also be three mojo contests that you can find here if you want to take the challenge.

Publishers, wake up and rise

The great step that must be done by Mojo Italia is to give recognition to the Italian community and let it know that it exists. If I can put out a flaw of this event I think it’s to be in Italian, but it must be said: in Italy mobile journalists must first know each other and overcome the distrust. Then they can also say theirs abroad. The second big step is to get out of the shell and make publishers understand that journalism goes in the direction of mobile journalism. It goes with a new and united, modern and creative community: not to participate and not to enter mobie journalism (all) in the process of publishing companies, is a mistake. Will Mojo Italy know how to do this? Meanwhile, I’ll tell you something, if you’re interested in mobile journalism and you will not be there, well, you’re wrong. I will also hold a seminar on the possible business with the smartphone: are you coming?

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