This work presents the way the University of Macerata and the online newspaper Cronache Maceratesi Junior dealt with the sense of fear, resignation, and loss which hit the Macerata district’s population after the earthquakes in 2016 and 2017. While the mainstream news had to stress the damages, losses, and problems which occurred after the earthquakes, our work focused on rehabilitating a sense of community and strength, underlining positive examples, stories and articles in order to help families, educators and children to deal with their momentary state of fragility. Another similar focus was made in February 2018, after Macerata found itself in the international eye due to the assassination of Pamela Mastropietro and the racist gunfire of Luca Traini. A total of 9 articles were written specifically about social resilience by Paola Nicolini. This paper will present the articles and how they impacted the public during that frame of time. In particular, we will tackle the theory behind the writing style, the audience analysis, and the lexicon analysis.

Enhancing systemic resilience through journalism: tha Macerata’s district case

Paola Nicolini;Federica Nardi
2018

Abstract

This work presents the way the University of Macerata and the online newspaper Cronache Maceratesi Junior dealt with the sense of fear, resignation, and loss which hit the Macerata district’s population after the earthquakes in 2016 and 2017. While the mainstream news had to stress the damages, losses, and problems which occurred after the earthquakes, our work focused on rehabilitating a sense of community and strength, underlining positive examples, stories and articles in order to help families, educators and children to deal with their momentary state of fragility. Another similar focus was made in February 2018, after Macerata found itself in the international eye due to the assassination of Pamela Mastropietro and the racist gunfire of Luca Traini. A total of 9 articles were written specifically about social resilience by Paola Nicolini. This paper will present the articles and how they impacted the public during that frame of time. In particular, we will tackle the theory behind the writing style, the audience analysis, and the lexicon analysis.
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