A few things you should know before choosing this College
You don’t need any specific preparation, but you must have a natural interest in: the world (all of it, or at least a section of it), the news industry (a general idea of the existence of publications such as Internazionale, Limes, the Post, etc.) and narrative non-fiction (authors such as Emmanuel Carrère – ever heard of him?).
Also, keep in mind that the Reporting class works pretty much like a newsroom, so you’ll have to get used to working in groups most of the time.
What you’ll be doing over the two years
In this College you’ll find out how to interpret an item of news and the stories behind it in various ways: from snapshots (like the tweets that appear in online newspaper sites) to more wide-ranging sources (in-depth investigations that get right down to the nitty-gritty of a story, like they do at MicroMega and Limes, for example). Between these two extremes there are lots of different nuances to explore: a vast range of opportunities that you must learn how to exploit without hesitation.
You will learn how to broaden the scope of your interests, regarding both the things you write about and the ways in which you convey them. You will choose an area from the vast range of current affairs (immigration perhaps, or the Middle East, or the economy), and work on it for months.
You will try to distinguish between a news item and a story. Recounting facts requires truth and objectivity, but even though you have to stay far away from the boundaries of what constitutes fiction, you can still convey issues in a way that people won’t forget.
What you’ll be able to do by the time you leave
- you will have written news items in every possible way and for every format;
- you will have been in the newsrooms of various newspapers and worked alongside a great many journalists;
- you will have worked on several different projects (from reporting for children to more in-depth current affairs; you will have collaborated on a commission to preview a new magazine that is subsequently published; you may have designed a magazine of your own (the magazine that Reporting students set up two years ago – Iride – was one of the top 10 magazines most read in Italy for a while);
- you will have spent two years in a “training gym” for journalists. One project that our students developed from assignments set by the College’s teachers included a website that gathered all the breaking news from the local Turin elections in the 2016 campaign, with voting patterns for the various mayoral candidates;
- you will have developed an eye for news and learned to put your soul into what you write, not limiting yourself to reporting the facts, but relating the stories behind the news too;
- you will be versatile; you’ll know how to write an editorial, a live tweet and an investigation; you’ll be able to do anything that’s asked of you.
The types of projects our Reporting students get involved in vary widely: documentaries, investigations, projects that border on narrative, web portals, etc. But they all have one thing in common: none of them so far have resembled any journalism projects that we’re accustomed to. All of them, however, report a news item and reflect the values of the author who captured and saved it, so that we can experience it too.
The Master of 2018-2020 will be announced within the next few days. Stay tuned!
The Master of Biennio 2016-2018 is Ezio Mauro. He’s a journalist, and he was the chief editor of the Italian newspapers La Stampa, from 1992 to 1996, and La Repubblica from 1996 to 2016.
The Master of 2017-2019 is Marco Damilano, a political journalist and a lobby correspondent. He’s director at the magazine L’Espresso. In Italy, he’s also known for his speeches during the TV show Propaganda Live.
Here’s a list of people who dropped by College Reporting during the last school years: Riccardo Luna, Evgeny Morozov, Michele Serra, Alec Ash, Gabriele Del Grande, Gianluigi Nuzzi, Diego Piacentini, Luke Schiller, Marina Petrillo, Tiziana Lo Porto, Alessandro Lostia, Enrico Mentana, Emilio Casalini, Francesco Jodice, Valerio Spada, Alina Marazzi, Daniele Scaglione, Federico Rampini, Martino Gozzi, Philip Gourevitch.