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#Reflective Journalism – day one

Today London was sunny and spring-scented. For City Journalism people this means not only the end of a tough winter, but also the beginning of our work on the final project.

We can choose between different media, and each path has different rules. There’s print, TV, radio, and online. I chose the latter, which has been my specialism for years by now. Despite being mildly concerned, I am truly excited about this project. This is going to be my first important piece of journalism in English, and I am designing it to address important issues of UK economy and politics.

The project will be a blog consisting of seven posts; it will also include infographics and video. The host is a surprise, I’ll reveal it only once we have a deal… I am a superstitious Italian, after all.

Along with the project, we’ve been asked to write a 1000 words’ reflective piece, in which we should describe the editorial production process, our personal and professional evolution, how the project has been laid out. Through this reflective work we’re supposed to set goals and evaluate them at the end of the year. It might happen that they turn out to be different from we thought at the beginning, it’s part of the process.

For the time being, the only thing I am sure about is the title, “What do you do in a recession? Science, Innovation and Money”.The topic is a combination of different issues, chosen among what to me is more interesting, relevant to understand how science talks with the society. I will speak about research funding, economic and cultural uncertainty, spending, resilience and creativity in science and technology.

And of course, given my – enquiring soul – (someone would call it gossip slant) I will play around with FOI. Fingercrossed about that, it never goes how it’s supposed to.

While keeping you up to date on my progresses I will use this space to take notes and be sure that nothing is forgotten along the way.

day one

2013. Brace yourself

My personal survival guide.

So, here we go with a new year. So much time to spend at your best, some ideas, more fears than yesterday, less than tomorrow.

And a recession to face. Let’s forget about climate change, just for a minute. The economic crisis – not only in Italy or in the PIIGS – is just around the corner and is more than worrying for people approaching their first job (like me in the UK). Tackling the situation requires individual actions as well as Government’s ones.

Sometimes I wonder where is my place in this historical juncture, and where the society is going. Will I have the chance to come back to Italy with a decent job, or the UK will become my new home?

For now, I am gathering suggestions – given aloud or not – from teachers, bosses, colleagues; all the world around me, both in Italy and in the UK. What I am trying to do is answer the question our teacher asked on early december, just before the end of the term:

What do you do in a recession?

What I would do is specialize. Building my own, unique expertise may help to be more competitive on the market, and it might overweigh my language weaknesses.

Secondly, I mean to shift as much as possible to new media, combining technical skills (and maybe a bit of SEO) with smart content managing. There are things you can say and show on the Internet which can’t be said anywhere else.

For instance, interactive data visualization. Doing it properly is not easy, as it requires a number of competences, ranging from investigative journalism to data analysis. But it’s also really funny, and has a great potential in terms of employability, I think.

What I think the Government should do, instead, is enhancing innovation. Investments in new ideas have the potential to pull the country out of a recession, because they lead to a new economic planning and eventually produce different social and cultural paradigms. But this is a long term measure, which doesn’t have tangible effects in the short period.

So it is very unlikely to be adopted on massive scale, as I have sadly experienced in Italy. Under this respect, I don’t think that the Union Jack will behave very differently. The more the crisis get serious, the more a crunch occurs in the country’s economy. And the long term investments are always the first to be killed.

What we can do as individuals? We can participate to the community’s political life, of course. But moreover, I think, we need to bear in mind our personal survival guide. What would you include in your list?