Media for Diversity and Migrant Integration

Italian Mass Media and the Phenomenon of Immigration

TitleItalian Mass Media and the Phenomenon of Immigration
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Original TitleI Mass Media Italiani e il Fenomeno dell’Immigrazione
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsDe Menezes, F.
Type of Workworking paper
1) Abstract

Media in Italy treat immigration primarily as crime news or ‘entertainment’, i.e. news to give easy pre-formatted snippets of information that appeal to emotions rather than real knowledge about the phenomenon. This can be seen from the pervasive use of the labels of ‘clandestino’ (illegal immigrant) and the opposition legal/illegal in Italian media coverage, whereby illegal immigration is associated with crime and deviance. According to the author, this reveals the lack of preparation of the authorities and official institutions in managing the new global identity of Italian society.

2.1) Publication LanguageItalian
2.3) Original Research or Not


3.1) Main Issues

Homologation of news sources due to international networks aimed at reduction of costs. Commercialisation of exemplified information, as for example in the Exchange Video News (or Euro Vision News), also known as “Evelina”, a system of information exchange between broadcasting organizations in the EBU. Infotainment, emotion-TV, ‘useless knowledge’, information overload impedes the analytical skills of those who consume it (British Benchmark Research) are features that also recur in results of Italian studies about the media.

3.2) Media

Studies about media in Italy, TV, press, internet, in relation to immigration.

3.3) Media Genres

not one specifically - TV and press

3.4) Key Theories

Social constructionism, infotainment, media effects theories, sociology of racism, social psychology

4.1) Relevance

Previous research found that there are exceptions, e.g. in local press, with more sensitivity towards ‘intercultural journalism’. positive examples of local press (L’Arena di Verona).

Keywordscontent, Italy
Tagsmedia organisation