Walter Tobagi Journalism Preparatory Course, XVI edition

Addressed to high-school students in Spoleto

The 16th edition of the “Walter Tobagi” preparatory course in journalism will start in Spoleto on Friday 6 November 2020 at h 15.00. The course is organised by the Associazione Amici di Spoleto to remember journalist Walter Tobagi, born in San Brizio di Spoleto, ambushed and killed in Milan on 28 May 1980 in a terrorist attack. The initiative takes place in collaboration with the City of Spoleto, the Associazione Stampa Umbra, the Unione Stampa Periodica Italiana and the Ordine dei Giornalisti dell’Umbria, with the support of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Spoleto, Fondazione “Francesca, Valentina e Luigi Antonini and Intesa Sanpaolo.

The opening lecture will be given by journalist and foreign correspondent for La Repubblica Pietro Del Re, who will present his latest book Dalla parte giusta. Donne e uomini che salvano il mondo (Baldini+Castoldi, 2020). The lecture will start at h 15.00, will make use of distance-learning tools, will feature the President and the Vice President of the Order of Journalists of Umbria, Roberto Conticelli, and Maria Pia Fanciulli. Dario Pompili, President of the “Amici di Spoleto” Association, will provide the institutional greetings: Umberto de Augustinis, Mayor of the City of Spoleto, Beatrice Montioni, Councillor for Education and Formation of the City of Spoleto; school managers Roberta Galassi for the “De Carolis” Hotel School, and Mauro Pescetelli of the Polo Liceale and the director of Valle Umbra Servizi Walter Rossi. Moderator Antonella Manni, Course Coordinator.

The Walter Tobagi Journalism Preparatory Course, started in 2005, in the 2020-2021 school year is affected by the Covid-19 anti-contagion regulations, will take place entirely in compliance with the existing regulations and provisions.

There will be online lectures dedicated to the theme of communication and journalism. Young people will develop a journalistic publication, that will be issued as an attachment to the Speciale Giovani of the newsletter of the Associazione Amici di Spoleto “Notizie da Spoleto”.

This edition of the initiative sees the participation of the Istituto Alberghiero “Giancarlo De Carolis” with the classes of teachers Emanuela Valentini Albanelli, Maria Luisa Quarsiti, Beatrice Emili and Simona Del Bello, and of the Istituto di istruzione superiore “Sansi Leonardi Volta” (Scientific High School) through the formula of school-work alternation, referent Professor Paola Salvatori, thanks to the renewed agreement between the school and Valle Umbria Servizi. The attachment to the Speciale Giovani of the bulletin of the Associazione Amici di Spoleto “Notizie da Spoleto”, dedicated to the activities and projects in the territory of Valle Umbria Servizi will be supervised by tutor Moreno Marionni and director Walter Rossi.

The course also avails itself of the collaboration of the Archiepiscopal Curia of the Diocese of Spoleto-Norcia and the young people of the second year will attend a lecture on radio journalism given by the head of the Diocese’s press office, Francesco Carlini. Thanks to RAI Perugia, the second year students will also be able to take advantage of the long-distance support of the Rai local news journalists for the production of the usual Spoleto news.

The course will develop into a workshop on written journalism for the students of the first year, while the second year of the course will also include a seminar on online journalism held in collaboration with USPI (Unione Stampa Periodica Italiana) which will be held by Sara Cipriani (deputy secretary general of Uspi and director at, followed by the lecture on radio journalism by Francesco Carlini, and television journalism, introduced by journalist Antonella Marietti of the Rai local news, with the technical support of Alessandro Pratelli.

The course is coordinated by Antonella Manni along with Antonella Proietti of the City of Spoleto, together with Davide Fabrizi of the press office of the City of Spoleto, for the first year will include meetings with professional journalists from national and local newspapers: Pietro Del Re, war correspondent of “La Repubblica”, Riccardo Regi (director at VivoUmbria. it and former deputy editor-in-chief of Corriere dell’Umbria), Sabrina Busiri Vici (Corriere dell’Umbria), Fabio Luccioli (director at Radio Gente Umbra), Italo Carmignani (editor-in-chief at Il Messaggero Umbria), Filippo Casciola (Ansa Agency correspondent), Massimo Sbardella (Gruppo L’Espresso and and Francesco de Augustinis who will present to some classes his docu-film “Deforestazione made in Italy”; Davide Fabrizi of the Press Office of the City of Spoleto will lecture on institutional communication.

By the end of the course, the students will produce a special issue of “Notizie da Spoleto”, a bulletin by the Association “Amici di Spoleto”, while the participants in the second year will make a television broadcast. The work carried out by the schools involved in the preparatory course of journalism “Walter Tobagi” will be presented as part of an event to be held on Thursday 28 May 2021, the anniversary of the killing of Walter Tobagi.

On the occasion of the closing ceremony, the author(s) of the work considered the most incisive and original among those produced by the students of the “Tobagi” Course of the first year (written journalism), the Associazione Amici di Spoleto will give an award in memory of Dante Ciliani, president of the Order of Journalists of Umbria who passed away prematurely. The paper, which will be considered of particular interest by the coordinators, will instead be given an award in memory of Walter Tobagi.

This year, in agreement with the City of Spoleto, two quotations from the book Contro la paura, by Vittorio Demicheli, Giulio Massobrio, Luigi Narbone (Baldini+Castoldi, 2016) are proposed as the main themes of the works.

The first one (p. 184): “Every war is a clash of cultures that often begins as a close confrontation of ideas, worldviews and interpretations of reality. Every war, therefore, is also won in the field of culture. The contrast to fears is based on the knowledge of the conceptual apparatus of those that affect us, but also of the people and communities with whom we want to dialogue”.

The second, p. 117: “Preventing infections is certainly possible, just as it is possible to prevent their presence and their continuous modification from taking on the characteristics of a threat […]. We should remember that the main factors that determine human health are income, education and work, and that first of all we must try to strengthen these factors before concentrating social resources on the purchase of health goods”.

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