“When you post your opinion online -excuse my language- frankly, no one gives a f**k!” Gabriele Zagni, Producer for Piazza Pulita, a talk show on Italian T.V network LA7, on a speech about TV Journalism and How to Manage Social Media. Zagni talked about the three main aspects that correlate TV journalism, and the mainstream use of social media. If it’s one thing that every person in this world looks for in the news, a Facebook post, or a tweet from their favorite celebrity, it’s whether or not they feel entertained afterwards.

 “Feeding your audience” something that every successful journalist has been able to master in order to perpetuate and grow their fan base. The age old adage “everything you post online will stay there forever” has never held more truth than it does today. Any embarrassing facebook photos you’ve posted from 2004, heartfelt breakup tweets, or instagram pictures of you in your favorite Christmas sweater? Every time you apply for a job, or your friends want to evaluate your profile, they are able to see an extensive history of everything you’ve done online leading up to today. Applying to journalism as a credible personality, everything posted online should be thoroughly thought out and strategized to be clear, coherent, cohesive, and sharp. The videos you show, the pictures you take, the guests you interview, and the moments shared, they should all work together to paint the clearest image to your readers so that nothing you say is misunderstood. One of the most detrimental things that can happen to a journalist, is that they are misinterpreted by their fans and an unintended image of themselves is presented in spite of the originally intended message.

Imagine a successful freelance journalist, whom in the peak of her career built up such a substantial fanbase that she was offered a prime time television slot on the BBC as a decorated anchorwoman. With three shows completed and her fans exponentially growing, a tweet surfaced in which she talks in depth about her affiliation with various progressive fascist groups. No matter how much she tried, it was irrefutable that the things she said were true at some point, and that the majority of her fanbase was discontent with continued support of her show. From that moment on, her rating plummeted and although she was regretful and neutral about the whole situation, it further concretes the idea and importance of the character and the credibility of a journalist.

No matter if you’re young and wild, or a CEO of major company, your online legacy will always proceed you. In our growing age of digitalized information, your cyber footprint is one of the most important things you can look after.

By Harley Derrickson and Salma Ibrahim

 

 

 

 

Even if you find a problem, you will find a solution as well”. This is how today, at the Opening Ceremony of the Rome International Careers Festival, Eva Ratti defined the role of a researcher. She focuses her attention on PhD, a payed training under a supervisor.

After having graduated from Astrophysics in Italy, Eva Ratti went to the Netherlands and was granted a PhD. Then, coming back to Italy, she became aware of the lack of opportunities for “Philosophiae doctors” who choose to stick with science.

As statistics show, only 5% of those who take a PhD continue with research, while the other 95% have to find another job. That’s why people think that there is no future for research in Italy and most of the Italian researchers leave their country to go abroad.

“Staying abroad helps you open your mind to other cultures, share your opinions, compare ideas and work on yourself. It makes you become a citizen of the world. On the other side, it is difficult to stay away from home, having to deal with another language and a different culture.” Eva said. In order to solve this problem, Eva Ratti decided to create a startup, with the aim of fueling the innovation power of companies and organizations by connecting them with those coming from a scientific research experience who are seeking career opportunities in the corporate world. Although society and science are considered two separate worlds, Eva underlines the fact that these realities are interacting and that “the methods of science affect our everyday life and thinking heavily”. An example to clarify is when you take medicines in a certain way, you trust the pharmacist who sold it to you . The pharmacist trusts the producers of the medicine and these people trust the research.

Eva Ratti stresses the concept that knowing science helps you in many ways since its very nature makes you grow a critical and thoughtful mentality. Ultimately, thanks to these knowledges you’ll less naif and more aware of the world around you. In this sense, for those who choose to get a PhD with true motivation and awareness, applying one's knowledge to everyday life could be an added value, given the fact that researchers are best trained to face the challenges of innovation.

Giulia Maccone, Giordana Falzea, Alessandro Triolo

 

“Listen to yourself, find your talent, follow your passion, imagine your future and then build on it”: this is the encouraging message from the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Deputy of Political Director, Francesca Tardioli, who attends the opening ceremony of the “International Career Festival” at the Auditorium della Tecnica - Confindustria in Rome today, 11th March 2017.

Deputy Political Director Tardioli is extremely pleased with young people’s interest in international affairs and careers. She believes that young students are most likely to be the leaders of tomorrow. To be committed is essential if you want to fulfill your aspirations in any international career you want to pursue and the Festival may be a starting point for a future successful career. Every young person should take full advantage of the opportunities offered by universities and institutions in order to help improving personal abilities and knowledge. Erasmus+, MUN programs, internships are some of the chances promoted by universities. She also emphasizes that the capacity to face challenges is the key of professional growth.

The Ministry offers international conferences and CRUI internships, aimed at integrating the university’s educational path with direct and concrete knowledge. The “Concorso diplomatico”, a public contest to access to diplomatic career, is another interesting initiative. Being a public contest, everybody is given the same opportunities. Other possibilities can be found in the official website of the Ministry, such as the Junior Professional Officer Programme, a great opportunity for those interested in UN and humanitarian work.

As she answered to a delegate’s question, she says that not only does administration of foreign countries offer similar opportunities to young people, but Italy also gives access to some initiatives to foreign people.

A second participant asked about the activities of Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs in Afghanistan. In giving her answer, Francesca Tardioli stresses on how Italy plays an important role in Isaf (International Security Assistant Force) and in military and social activities and projects in East Afghanistan. That’s a long-term commitment, which leads Italy to invest on school programs and small enterprises. The aim is to support and accompany the country to a better status.

The reaction to Tardioli’s speech was mixed. Rome UN Denmark Delegate thinks the speech is interesting, but too general. She believes it is too long and doesn’t focus enough on practical information. Rome UN Lebanon Delegate states that, even though the speech is interesting and quite clear, it lacks on information about opportunities for foreign people in Italy. However, he stresses that the speaker speaks with interest and that she is very nice to answer questions from participant. Despite the small critiques, what everybody can say without a doubt is that Tardioli shows great passion for what she does and great interest for participants’ opinion and questions. That is generally appreciated and raises the quality of the speech.

“Do not hesitate, show great determination and invest on your future”: that’s the final advice that Francesca Tardioli gives to the participants of the Festival of International Careers. “Dialogue and negotiation is important in our multicultural environment, which our fathers contributed to create. A person who loves diplomacy is a person who believes in a world of justice, respect and freedom.”

 

By Giulia Minonne, Paola De Francesco, Marianna Agata Strano, Elisa Pezzato

‘If you are not curious, just don’t become a journalist,” so addressed Francesca Musacchio hundreds of aspiring students of journalism and communications who have travelled from around the world to attend the Rome Press Games.

Today Francesca Musacchio, the founder of a popular web magazine Ofcs.report, shares her vision of what it takes to be a real journalist. According to her, the magic recipe seems quite simple: an unquenchable thirst to know the world combined with the innate intuition to find where the potential news lies. Ms Musacchio stresses that her words are not meant to say that we need to be born journalists. On the contrary, we should learn the art of storytelling and constantly polish our skills. This, in fact, is what has brought hundreds of young people to the 8th edition of International Careers Festival: all pushed by the desire to learn, bring new knowledge into the society and tell the world.

Ms Musacchio represents the field of alternative kind of mass media, the “grey” area of web journalism. By now it has become common knowledge that the easiest way to reach the largest audience today is through the Internet, which is to some extent the main idea behind and the key function of online, or web, journalism. Nowadays, the Internet provides unlimited space to be filled with infinite contents but also strict competition. Ms Musacchio points out the challenge we face today which is to keep in sight the target audience, interested in certain types of news and looking for certain insights. We all want to make an impact and to do so, online journalists use all the means at hands, be it video, articles, social media or any other means of communication. Ms Musacchio concludes that in short online journalism is one grand experiment in creativity, It is a radically different type of journalism that has freed itself of the limitations and out-of-date regulations of the classical one.

In fact, Ofcs.report whose editor in chief is Ms Musacchio, is a great example of a prosperous enterprise in online journalism.  This weekly web magazine in particular focuses on the topic of security which unfortunately preoccupies ever more minds these days. The question at heart of Ofcs.report is: how secure do we feel about the world we live in, “the world of uncertainties and fears”? Ms Musacchio explains that security may seem a strictly political concept at first sight but in reality expands into all areas of our lives, ultimately concerning everyone and everything. Indeed, security reaches into economy, wellness, world heritage, culture, etc. The list of sub-topics is endless just like the opportunities to be creative, provided by online journalism, are limitless. Sure, at the moment Ofcs.report or any other web magazine can’t be of real competition to worlds’ news giants like BBC or CNN. Nevertheless, the online publication fills in the gap in the world of mass media communication, providing a space where the news meets profound editing analysis and reflection. It is a place where the news blends with the quality of thought.

Palina Viarbitskaya, Belarus

“Listen to yourself, find your talent, follow your passion, imagine your future and then build on it”: this is the encouraging message from the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Deputy of Political Director, Francesca Tardioli, who attends the opening ceremony of the “International Career Festival” at the Auditorium della Tecnica - Confindustria in Rome today, 11th March 2017.

Deputy Political Director Tardioli is extremely pleased with young people’s interest in international affairs and careers. She believes that young students are most likely to be the leaders of tomorrow. To be committed is essential if you want to fulfill your aspirations in any international career you want to pursue and the Festival may be a starting point for a future successful career. Every young person should take full advantage of the opportunities offered by universities and institutions in order to help improving personal abilities and knowledge. Erasmus+, MUN programs, internships are some of the chances promoted by universities. She also emphasizes that the capacity to face challenges is the key of professional growth.

The Ministry offers international conferences and CRUI internships, aimed at integrating the university’s educational path with direct and concrete knowledge. The “Concorso diplomatico”, a public contest to access to diplomatic career, is another interesting initiative. Being a public contest, everybody is given the same opportunities. Other possibilities can be found in the official website of the Ministry, such as the Junior Professional Officer Programme, a great opportunity for those interested in UN and humanitarian work.

As she answered to a delegate’s question, she says that not only does administration of foreign countries offer similar opportunities to young people, but Italy also gives access to some initiatives to foreign people.

A second participant asked about the activities of Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs in Afghanistan. In giving her answer, Francesca Tardioli stresses on how Italy plays an important role in Isaf (International Security Assistant Force) and in military and social activities and projects in East Afghanistan. That’s a long-term commitment, which leads Italy to invest on school programs and small enterprises. The aim is to support and accompany the country to a better status.

The reaction to Tardioli’s speech was mixed. Rome UN Denmark Delegate thinks the speech is interesting, but too general. She believes it is too long and doesn’t focus enough on practical information. Rome UN Lebanon Delegate states that, even though the speech is interesting and quite clear, it lacks on information about opportunities for foreign people in Italy. However, he stresses that the speaker speaks with interest and that she is very nice to answer questions from participant. Despite the small critiques, what everybody can say without a doubt is that Tardioli shows great passion for what she does and great interest for participants’ opinion and questions. That is generally appreciated and raises the quality of the speech.

“Do not hesitate, show great determination and invest on your future”: that’s the final advice that Francesca Tardioli gives to the participants of the Festival of International Careers. “Dialogue and negotiation is important in our multicultural environment, which our fathers contributed to create. A person who loves diplomacy is a person who believes in a world of justice, respect and freedom.”

 

Giulia Minonne, Paola De Francesco, Marianna Agata Strano, Elisa Pezzato

 

When Paolo Petrocelli, 32, takes the stage at the last session of the Open Ceremony of the International Careers Festival at the Auditorium della Tecnica, everyone is impressed by his young age. After having heard distinguished professionals, among which the Minister Plenipotentiary Francesca Tardioli and the Director of Human Resources at FAO Monika Altmaier, no one would have ever imagined to be impressed by the last speech of the inauguration.

With a natural approach, he humbly starts his dissertation on “Youth and the UN” in front of more than one thousand young students gathered at the imposing conference hall of Confindustria. From the very beginning, his speech reveals an extraordinary personality and a remarkable curriculum. Indeed, his intervention results in being far more inspiring than a simple presentation.

With his charisma, he introduces the UNESCO institution, founded in 1945 with the aim of spreading worldwide peace and dialogue through education, science and culture. He stresses the fact that the organisation was created in war time, when the only purpose people had was surviving from the harsh World War II. Petroncelli puts the focus on the values that the different ministers of education, collected in 1943 to fight Nazis through the promotion of culture, were trying to convey while creating the organisation. After seventy years, the same creativity and desire motivate him to act. He is concerned about the interaction of the organisation and youth and he personally aims at promoting the cooperation among the two.

Therefore, he was nominated Youth Delegate for the National Committee for UNESCO at the Paris Congress in 2011, where he represented Italy at the 7th Global Youth Forum.  The main issue discussed was the understanding on how young people could access UNESCO, in order to boost the change in our societies in a collaborative environment.

Six years ago, his motivation has driven him to the brilliant idea of proposing the foundation of the first Youth Committee of UNESCO in Italy. “We wanted to let our voices be heard from the UN in Paris” he claims, and that is what actually happened: with the implementation of his project, the Youth Committee of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO was founded and the First National Assembly took place in Rome on 15-16 January 2016.

“I didn’t want to wait for an opportunity to come. I wanted to act.” That is the ultimate message he launches to the young audience. While considering the idea of creating an opportunity for youth to be an active part of UNESCO, he has made an impact on the system.

 

By Valentina Carrara

 

By Cecilia Filaseta and Giorgia Battiato

 

The international careers festival has started! And what is better than starting with the Italian National Anthem? The Italian “Banda nazionale garibaldina” delights us with some traditional songs. After this beautiful beginning the Ceremony is directed by Luca Marco Giraldin von Lanhstein, the director of the business game.

 

Fabio Bisogni (Delegate for international relations of UNINT university) talks about the importance that UNINT pays to languages: “by choosing a language you are actually choosing a door”; a door that leads you to a different culture with its own traditions.
In addition, Fabio also emphasizes that the reason of this festival is to give students answers, to shape their professional journey and to create bridges between cultures and people.

After Marco’s speech is the turn of Mr Colombo from Tecnopolo that gives the participants his own experience. Tecnopolo said that “we have to create our own future”. Colombo uses a quote from Keynes to inspire the participants to challenge the past and make a concrete change.

Afterwards, Daniela Conte (Executive Director of the festival) explains the reason behind the creation of the Rome International Careers Festival. It was born to help students to understand that an international career is not only a dream but is actually possible. Daniela lists some skills that are strongly recommended but the key word is: Practice! “You must challenge yourself and take your time to think about what you truly want.” She said. Daniela believes that the real reason for being here is to discover ourselves and to answer our questions.

The is time for programs directors to introduce their activities.
Luca Marco Giraldin von Lanhstein as the Director of the Business Game focuses his attention on the crisis which brought about a need for a new approach driven by people instead of profit.
Ebenezer Essilfie Nyame (Director of the Rome Model United Nation) says how “everyone is important and one of a kind and that everyone bring something to the table”; thereby, encouraging us to celebrate diversity and different opinions. Ebenezer is so passionate about the topic that tells the participant a story to better explain it.
Last but not least, for the Press Game, Eleonora Mantovani. She reminds us of the importance of journalism as the only keeper of the truth.

To sum up, each speaker really believes in the power of the younger generation. They believe the young have many beautiful ideas that needs to be realized and they see in the Rome Internationals Careers Festival the chance to give students the right instruments to do it.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

Today during the opening ceremony of the International Career Festival Monika Altmaier, the HR Director  of FAO, gave some guidelines to the participants  in howto begin an international career, with a special focus on the opportunity that FAO can give as an international organization. FAO is an organization which concerns about eradicating hunger and poverty through the development of programs based on the respect of natural resources.

FAO’s main aims are to help people facing problems related to the lack of food and malnutrition as well as reduce rural poverty through changing the ways agriculture, forestry and fisheries  being conducted. According to forecast, by 2050 population is expected to increase  by 2 billion units. This data can make people wonder if food will be enough for all. Thorough a program called “Food For All”, Monika and FAO believe this goal is achievable. This is an international goal which requires an international enrolment.   Then What kind of skills are requested to start an international career in an organization like FAO?

As  the director of this organization, Monika focused her attention on explaining particular skills needed to work in this field. The first one is to embrace diversity and be open-minded to different cultures and points of views, then it is very important to believe in long-term success and be able to balance the differences in a multicultural context.

This field offers a variety of opportunities which allows you to gain the job experience, learns new skills as well as gives you the chance to represent your country and work in a global community.

At the end of the speech, she describes two different categories an international career can be divided in to: professional and general services. She also made a list of the professional post requirements, which include academic qualification, work experience and a good knowledge of at least two of the UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian). The participants had the chance to acquaint themselves with the opportunities for students and recent graduates that FAO offers, such as junior professional programs, associate professional officer program, FAO internship program and other volunteering opportunities.

 

By Battiato Giorgia, Burri Arianna, Eleonori Sara, Filaseta Cecilia.

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