31663 - Journalism and Politics (Seminar)

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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

The seminar address the relationships between journalism and politics in contemporary informational ecosystems. At the end of the seminar, students - have a broader knowledge - thanks to a series of meetings with professionals - of the dynamics and challenges that characterize professions related to political information, such as journalism, political communication, social media curation, and so forth; - can apply techniques and employ tools to analyze and produce texts related to the topics discussed in the seminar. In particular, students will engage with various web 2.0 platforms for the production and sharing of informational content, such as Twitter, Storify, and others.

Course contents

Models of interaction between citizens and mass media and development of the public sphere in liberal democracies and market societies in the second half of the 20th century

History of political journalism in Italy from 1945 until the present day (with a specific focus on the period following the 1990s)

Media logics. Paleo-television, neo-television, trans-television and politics. Infotainment, talk shows, entertation

Functioning and mechanisms of agenda setting and political news-making

Spin doctoring in politics and in media coverage of politics

Storytelling and the building of political narratives

Political journalism, pop politics and "peoplisation"

The process of disintermediation between politics and journalism

Political journalism in the age of antipolitics and postpolitics

Political information in the age of social media


There are no textbooks as the seminar has a practical approach that is developed in the meetings with experts and in the lab sessions. Supplementary readings will be pointed out during classes.

Teaching methods

Lectures, classroom seminars, audiovisual materials.

Assessment methods

Students who attend at least three-quarters of the meetings will pass the course. To that end, attendance will be taken at every seminar meeting.

Teaching tools

PC, powerpoint projector, internet connection.

Office hours

See the website of Massimiliano Panarari