#ijf16 day by day: Friday 8 April

We invite you to check out the full festival programme on the website, but to provide a taster we have prepared the following brief overview.


We invite you to check out the full festival programme on the website, but to provide a taster we have prepared the following brief overview. By clicking on +info► you can link to full details of each session, and then add it if you wish to your personal festival day-by-day agenda on your computer or smartphone.

10:30 – 11:30 > Palazzo Sorbello | panel discussion
What constructive journalism is and why we need it +info►
Traditional news has tended towards highlighting the negative: what has gone wrong and the problems it causes. But is it possible to have tough, critical journalism that also looks for solutions and positive angles on a story? Constructive journalism tries to create positive narrratives and a more healthy debate. But how does it work in practice? And is there a danger that it lacks a cutting edge and independence?

11:30 – 12:45 > Hotel Brufani – Sala Raffaello | #ijf16talks
Journalism in the post-web era: what we have lost, what we have gained and what it is becoming +info►
#ijf16talk by Hossein Derakhshan, a Canadian-Iranian author and journalist. He was the pioneer of blogging in Iran which earned him the title of ‘blogfather’ there. He spent six years in prison in Iran over his blog posts and other web activities. He is the author of The Web We Have to Save (Matter, July 2015), which was published in Liberation, Die Zeit, Corriere della Serra, El Pais, Folha de Sao Paulo and The Guardian. He now writes about Iran and technology for various media outlets, including Hamshahri Javan (in Tehran) and shares his thoughts at @h0d3r on Twitter and Medium. Moderated by Carola Frediani.

11:45 – 13:15 > Sala del Dottorato | panel discussion
Why do journalism schools teach like it’s 1996? +info►
This panel will focus on how to spark innovation in journalism education, even with low budgets, less than ideal technical equipment and overstuffed curriculums.

12:15 – 13:00 > Sala dei Notari | #ijf16talks
Twitter turns ten: what’s next for the platform that redefined news? +info►
#ijf16talk by Mark Little, vice-president of media for Europe and Africa of Twitter. Moderated by Anna Masera.

14:00 – 15:00 > Sala del Dottorato | panel discussion
Frontiers: journalists, photographers and authors on the migrant tragedy +info►
A reflection on the narration of the tragedy of migrants, as seen from different perspectives. What is the objective of the people narrating these stories? And on what occasions does the act of bearing witness leave space for empathy and direct action?

14:00 – 15:30 > Hotel Brufani – Sala Raffaello | panel discussion
Can a robot do my job? +info►
Understanding the growing trends in the world of computational journalism.

14:30 – 16:00 > Sala dei Notari | panel discussion
Speaking out: when reporting changes history +info►
Working in and reporting on war zones. What’s changed?

15:00 – 16:00 > Hotel Brufani – Sala Perugino | hackers’ corner
Syrian journalists and citizen reporters under attack: how they can protect themselves +info►
Hunted by ISIS, the Syrian regime, Shabiha, different fighting groups, the Syrian electronic army and corporations, Syrian journalists and citizen reporters face death on a daily basis, and their data frequently gets lost while they report on the revolution. Taking the point of view of a Syrian digital security trainer, the focus of the talk will move from the simple digital perspective to a holistic one. Journalists in Syria and neighbouring countries must confront many challenges in their work, including physical, psycho-social and digital risks. The dangers faced by journalists in a war zone, what the attackers’ goals are, and some defence tactics will all be considered.

15:00 – 16:00 > Centro Servizi G. Alessi | panel discussion
Buzzfeed international strategy +info►
Three BuzzFeed country editors – from Canada, France and Spain – will discuss BuzzFeed International’s strategy, with a focus on what works – and what doesn’t – country by country. They’ll share how stories and frames are adapted and translated, and what they’ve learned about helping build an international media company in different countries with very different social and cultural norms.

15:30 – 17:00 > Palazzo Sorbello | panel discussion
Yemen: the silent war +info►
Yemen is currently being destroyed by a terrible war, largely ignored by the media, despite its centrality, along with Syria and Iraq, to the Middle Eastern crisis. In this war scenario, in which Western countries participate by selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, the Yemeni population has been extremely resilient and local artists have tried to recount the conflict by showing its consequences on civilians and on a unique cultural and architectural heritage.

16:00 – 17:00 > Sala dei Notari | in conversation
Explanatory journalism: a discussion between Jay Carney and Mario Calabresi +info►
Jay Carney, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Amazon and former White House Press Secretary, will have a talk with Mario Calabresi, Editor-in-Chief of La Repubblica, to explore the meaning and potential of “explanatory journalism” as a tool to support readers in making sense of complex scenarios.

16:00 – 17:00 > Sala del Dottorato | panel discussion
End female genital mutilation: journalism and campaigning together on a global scale +info►
In four countries, the Guardian’s Global Media campaign – powered by Change.org – has amplified the grassroots work of campaigners against Female Genital Mutilation in the UK, the US, Kenya and the Gambia, encouraging wider coverage and a higher profile for the work to end FGM in a generation. The Guardian’s campaign is a powerful example on how a global media can lead a worldwide movement of change, putting together media reporting, activism, and online petitions.

16:00 – 17:00 > Centro Servizi G. Alessi | panel discussion
Syria: journalists tell of hope +info►
A group of Syrian reporters, photographers and video-makers from all the Syrian regions risk their lives to document the daily and often silent struggle of the members of civil society who are working to keep the country united against the gangs, warlords, external interference and general indifference.

17:00 – 18:00 > Teatro della Sapienza | in conversation with
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, undercover reporter +info►
Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a celebrated investigative journalist in Ghana, focusing on issues of human rights and corruption. He has become well known for using his anonymity as a tool in his undercover journalistic work. He maintains his anonymity by shielding his face when conducting TV interviews and making public appearances. Anas will be in conversation with Antonella Sinopoli.

18:00 – 19:30 > Teatro della Sapienza | panel discussion
From WikiLeaks to Snowden: protecting high-value sources in the age of mass surveillance +info►
Ten years ago, when WikiLeaks was created by Julian Assange, very few people could imagine the revolution unleashed by the publication of documents never seen before, like the Afghan War Logs, or the most recent files on the NSA surveillance of foreign leaders. How far WikiLeaks is willing to go to protect sources has been demonstrated by the Snowden case, when WikiLeaks sent its journalist Sarah Harrison to Hong Kong to assist Snowden to get asylum. As Edward Snowden said: «All of these news organisations around the world, all of these publishers were trying to get a piece of the story. There was only one publisher that actually said: We want to help the source, we want to make sure he’s ok, we want to make sure that, no matter what happens, he has somebody on his side, and that was WikiLeaks.» Can one protect high value sources in an age of mass surveillance? What can journalists and sources learn from the WikiLeaks experience? What can they learn from the cases of Chelsea Manning, Jeremy Hammond, Edward Snowden? What can happen when a journalist does not protect their source? And why are these lessons important for all of us, not only for journalists and publishers?

19:30 – 20:30 > Teatro della Sapienza | books
The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the rise of free culture on the internet +info►
In conversation with Justin Peters, author of the book The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet. Interviewed by Fabio Chiusi. For more information on Justin’s book see the January 2016book review in the New York Times.

20:30 – 22:30 > Palazzo Sorbello | documentary
The Internet’s Own Boy: the story of Aaron Swartz +info►
Showing of the documentary film The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014), directed by Brian Knappenberger. Aaron Swartz was a programming prodigy, Reddit co-founder and free information hacktivist who took his own life in January 2013 at the age of 26. The documentary is a dynamic and tragic portrait of the life of a champion of open access who grew up to lead the internet community into a new age of data sharing and free speech.