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U.S. , Italian Journalists and Scholars Discuss 'Truth, Politics and the Press'

Journalists and scholars from the United States and Italy join together for a discussion about "Democracy and Information: Truth, Politics and the Press," sponsored by the Italian Academy.

David Freedberg
David Freedberg

David Freedberg Opens Discussions

No doubt we will hear some of the answers and some of the further problems surrounding the issue before us, says David Freedberg, director of Columbia's Italian Academy, in introducing the members of the discussion panel and thanking Provost Alan Brinkley for moderating this dialogue on the relationship between democracy and information.

Real (4:17)Video
Cesare Biffi
Cesare Biffi

Fondazione Corriere della Sera Houses Important Private Documentary Archives, Biffi Says

Cesare Biffi, director of Fondazione Corriere della Sera, offers an overview of the Foundation, which complements Corriere della Sera, Italy's largest daily newspaper. The Foundation has extensive story archives, original correspondence, photographs and drawings, making it one of the most important private documentary archives in Italy, he says.

Real (3:10)Video
Stefano Baia Curioni
Stefano Baia Curioni

American and Italian News Outlets Face Similar Problems, Curioni Says

U.S. and Italian media institutions face common challenges in the face of political influence and possible censorship, shifting regulations, and the fading interest of young consumers, says Stefano Baia Curioni. What is at stake is the link between the freedom to think and the ability to think freely, he adds.

Real (5:07)Video
Alan Brinkley
Alan Brinkley

Provost Brinkley: U.S. and European Media Increasingly Controversial

The media are becoming increasingly controversial in both the United States and Europe and the present regimes in the United States and Italy are in part responsible, Provost Alan Brinkley says in his remarks. There are also longer-term changes in the structure and character of the media that have contributed to the discontent with news presentations.

Real (3:39)Video
Alexander Stille
Alexander Stille

Prime Minister Berlusconi's Media Influence is Extraordinary, Says Correspondence's Stille

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's entrance into the political scene has posed a problem for Italian democracy, says Alexander Stille, editor of Correspondence, a newsletter published by the Council on Foreign Relations. While Berlusconi's media influence is extraordinary, other countries, including the United States, are seeing a growing concentration of media into conglomerates.

Real (15:47)Video
Gianni Riotta
Gianni Riotta

Public Trust of the Media Has Grown Weaker, Says Corriere della Sera Journalist Riotta

Public trust of the media has grown weaker, partially because of the media obsession with scandals, says Gianni Riotta, a journalist with Corriere della Sera.

Real (20:40)Video
Katha Pollitt
Katha Pollitt

The Nation's Pollitt Questions Whether Jayson Blair, Steven Glass Scandals Were Biggest Press Failings of 2003

Katha Pollitt, columnist for The Nation, discusses the Jayson Blair and Steven Glass controversies. She questions the media's obsessive treatment of them and asks whether these are the biggest press failings in 2003.

Real (18:10)Video
Nicholas Lemann
Nicholas Lemann

Media Must Reach Out and Build Audiences, According to Journalism Dean Lemann

The press must realize that its fortune depends on an active, healthy public life, and media need to reach out and build audiences to ensure long-term sustainability, according to Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism.

Real (17:18)Video

Production Number: 263
Shot: Dec 04, 2003
Published: Mar 1, 2004
Last modified:Mar 01, 2004

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