Between the 16th and 17th centuries, the exercise of the press was not free in Italy as every single State of the peninsula required a capillary control on the works to be published.
Nowadays, instead, press freedom is guaranteed by one of the Italian Constitution articles.
The current Italian journalistic panorama offers such a wide range of choices to draw from in order to obtain any type of information of our interest.
In this article, I am going to talk about two newspapers, Giornale di Sicilia and Corriere della sera, as I am fascinated by their centuries-old history.
Founded in Palermo immediately after Giuseppe Garibaldi’s arrival in Sicily, the first number of Giornale di Sicilia was published on the 7th June 1860.
In the beginning, the newspaper just dealt with political events, but from the mid-eighties of the nineteenth century the publication was transformed into a daily newspaper, and the topics were expanded.
As it was published for the very first time in the late afternoon of the 5th March 1876 in Milan, the most diffused newspaper in Italy is called Corriere della sera (“sera” means “evening”).
During the second half of 1880, the Corriere hosted several daily columns dealing with topics ranging from domestic economics and hygiene to literature.
Of the four pages that make up the newspaper, the last is mostly dedicated to advertising.
A novelty introduced by the editor of the newspaper is the figure of the reporter who goes around to collect news, known as the “traveling editor”.
The advent of the internet has led to the increasingly frequent dissemination of news in real-time; as a result, the various editorial offices have had to adapt to an online format, different from the paper one.
Today every newspaper owns a website in which are published the main daily news.
In order to stand out from their print versions and increase the number of online subscribers, Giornale di Sicilia and Corriere Della sera offer additional services to their customers:
– the possibility of consultation and search within the back numbers, catalogued in an archive;
– images and video footage of particularly significant events;
– interview audios;
– possibility for the reader to obtain a customized newspaper, which, through selected filters, highlights and follows the interests of each individual user;
– more data delivered to the reader;
– specialized information on topics not covered sufficiently or only occasionally by the paper newspaper, such as environment, school, and university.
We are all aware of the terrible events that Ukraine has been experiencing in recent days.
The whole world is constantly following the development of the facts through newspapers and news.
One of the news that struck me most regards the birth of a child, called Mia, in the Kiev subway, which turned into a refuge when the Russians invaded Ukraine.
An article from Gionale di Sicilia states “Mia è il simbolo della vita che sconfigge la distruzione, della nascita che prevale sulla morte” (Mia is the symbol of life defeating destruction, of birth prevailing over death).
I believe that this phrase best represents the situation that the Ukrainian people and all the others who are in conflict are living at this very moment. It is a strong and bitter denunciation of the horrors caused by the war, which shouldn’t even exist