Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, July 14, 2007
If you are home before the 8pm news on Rai Uno, Italy’s main television station, you will discover it is preceded by a quiz show called L’Eredita (“The Inheritance”). In the middle of the programme, four ritzy women interrupt the competition to dance. “My jewels!” the male host exclaims. The dancing has no connection to the rest of the show; Rai Uno explains on its website that the “girls… with their presence and beauty, cheer up everyone watching, particularly men”.
Try squaring that with this laughably correct-but-wildly-implausible ambition from Rai's ethical code:
"Rai recognises the value of the human being, and entrusts itself with the task of not only guaranteeing but also developing our inviolable rights. Given this, the image of women should not correspond to reductive or instrumentalising stereotypes"
Unfortunately, the role of these wome - the veline - is well rooted in Italian television. Whilst the idea is pretty depressing, the derivation of the term is rather illuminating. During the fascist period, veline were flimsy carbon-copy instructions given to journalists, telling them which news items to puff up or ignore, the predecessors of today' s temniki. Sixty years later, the girls who brought news items to the Striscia's presenters became known by the same term. Sexism and fascism united in one red-white-and-green thread.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
- what's the average wage for a journalist?
- what's the average wage for a journalist working in the public service broadcaster?
- is there a trade magazine in journalism or communications?
- is there some magazine or annual agenda which shows the editors of the various television news desks? (Like Benn's Media in the UK, except better; more like Agenda del Giornalista in Italy)
- have there been any surveys of journalists?
- are the names of television news editors ever mentioned in the non-specialist press? Would someone interested in politics know them?
- are the names of television executives followed by party labels in brackets? Would someone interested in politics know these affiliations?
- How does one become a journalist for the public service broadcaster?
- Where did the first PSB journalists come from?
- Were the first PSB news broadcasts produced in-house, or did they rely on wire-services (AP, Reuters, TT, etc.,)?
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
- why can't Canadian citizens get the rights to the video of their own representatives?
- what on earth did Rabinovitch say that might have been worth parodying?