Coronavirus made Italian journalists go to

the Style of work one way or another have changed all categories of media. It is easier to adapt to new realities had probably newsmen. In this situation they can work from home without putting themselves or colleagues at risk of infection.

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“Most journalists, including myself, are moving to smart working. We have established a special editorial program and now can work remotely. Of course, we still have a few special correspondents who, observing all safety precautions, reporting from the scene. In the editorial today, in fact, remained only the management, which coordinates the work of the newspaper. Thus, while in the office, our management is obliged to wear masks,” – told “RG” one of the leading correspondent of the Milan Corriere della Sera Alessandro Trocino, explaining that the same pattern works today almost all of the Italian edition. They come in both printed and online version, as newsagents, along with supermarkets and pharmacies are, in the opinion of the Italian authorities, providers of “essential commodities”. So it really is in the papers needs a large stratum of the Italian population (mostly elderly people) who are sickened by reading news on gadgets, especially in such a stressful situation.

the Italian news agencies, especially private ones, are free to decide how to organize the work of his team.

“I gave freedom of choice to all its employees, asking a small group of people from five people to stay in ROMom office to coordinate the work of the editorial Board. Most journalists work from home, and even our photographers without extreme need not stick their nose into the street. We try to get out of the situation by posting videos made by our correspondents around the world. The main characters of these stories usually are Italians abroad”, – said General Director of the Agenzia Nova Fabio Squillante, which in its edition started fighting with the fake news, the number of which in the last few days just off the scale.

Most journalists work from home, and even photographers without extreme need not stick their nose into the street

All is good, but working from home there are several undercurrents. Hard to imagine, but not all Italians have home Internet. And now, when it is needed, to communicate is impossible – all the offices are closed. This fact, of course, greatly complicates remote work. In addition, in recognition of many colleagues, on remote have to work a lot more than in the traditional mode: the phone rings in the morning until late at night, and in organizing the interview in view of the unavailability of press services takes too much time. Many even forget to have lunch, which under normal operation in Italy to present it would be simply impossible.

In these difficult days, difficult to perform his professional duty, of course, TV people. Their job is first and foremost a picture, without which even during the quarantine can not do. In the presence of press cards, letters from management and especially the completed questionnaires in principle they can move around the major cities, but at quite reasonable reasons not everyone is ready to exercise this right. The vain (not without), to capture a unique moment, doing stand-up against the deserted Rome, Milan and Venice, and the most risky colleagues, dressed in masks, interviewing experts, practitioners at a distance of one meter. From the outside it looks creepy. In General, this is a situation where the leadership of a broadcaster to decide which format to give the stories on the air.

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“At our head office in Milan, there was one case of infection, so we were forced to radically revise his work. Plus, many of my colleagues who was at work in “red zones” or had contact with relatives from these regions, are now in quarantine and continue to work through smart working. In the Rome mission we continue to function in usual rhythm and even working overtime. Moved the tables to a safe distance, and also provided the editor with masks and disinfectants. As in Milan and in Rome, we stopped doing the exit interviews. Contact with experts via Skype and by phone. However, our leading, in spite of everything, continue to go live”, – told “RG” the chief of the Rome Bureau of the TV company’s Class News CNBC Janina Landau.

Interestingly, none of the respondents at this stage is not counting on state support, preferring to focus on her own work. According to Alessandro Trocino, the assistance of the authorities until necessary, but she will definitely need the paper later, “to compensate the loss of advertisers”. “The government has allowed to defer some payments, but we decided to pay for everything now. Still have sooner or later to repay them” – says Fabio Squillante. The most pessimistic is configured Janina Landau. She “strongly doubts” that the government will support journalists, COHYes, there is a need.