Studies in Communication Sciences, Nr.3/1.Vol., 2003
This book by Carlo Sorrentino is a guide and reflection on the meaning of journalism in the information society. Written by Carlo Sorrentino, professor of “Theory and technique of mass communication” at the University of Florence, the book describes the role of journalism in a society in which information processing gains more and more importance.
Apart from a consideration of what journalism will become, the book is also a guide: it explains the working of journalism and the operational routines of the newsrooms. The author also describes the process of negotiation between the three main actors involved in journalism: the source of information, the media and the public.
Being his book a sort of handbook, Sorrentino provides interesting data for comprehending the Italian media today, and he suggests other sources that can be useful for readers, such as a list of more than fifty Italian websites dealing with journalism.
The book is certainly a good and thoughtful reflection on the way journalism is changing rather than a guide for beginners interested in the profession.
“Il giornalismo – Che cos’è e come funziona” (229 pages, edited by Carrocci in september 2002) is available only in Italian and is the fourth book that Sorrentino has written in this field (“L’immaginazione giornalistica”, 1987; “I percorsi della notizia”, 1995 e “Cambio di rotta”, 1999).