Stefano Valentino is responsabile for trainining at the Press Club Brussels Europe. He is the Founder of MobileReporter, a collaborative journalism platform which won the Google-funded IPI News Innovation Contest 2012. Former blogger on Repubblica.it, the Italian largest news website, he is a specialist in green economy and digital journalism. He is a member of the Future Media Lab within the European Magazine Media Association and was a speaker in several world journalism conferences, including the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. He has worked as a global freelance journalist for the last 15 years, reporting from more than 30 countries, both as an EU and foreign correspondent, covering political and business issues in Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Middle-East, Central Africa and South/East Asia. Over the last 5 years he has became a specialist of green economy, exposing the connections existing between business interests and the environment, health, energy, food security, climate change and natural resources. Since 2010 his investigative projects received grants from major international journalism foundations, including the Society for Environmental Journalism, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Fonds Pascal Decroos and the European Fund for Investigative Journalism. His stories appeared on major international print and online publications in different countries, including the Guardian (UK), Le Vif l’Express and European Voice (Belgium), la Repubblica and il Sole 24 Ore (Italy), NRC Handelsblad (the Netherlands), Christian Science Monitor and New America Media (USA). He is a former Fullbright scholar in the USA, where he held different seminars on participative and environmental journalism, and e former International Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley School of Journalism, class 2009/2010, where he specialized in multimedia production for the web. Since 2012, he has been training young journalism students and interns on digital publishing tools and social media strategies in connection with EU-related topics. In 2006 he won the Citigroup Journalism Excellence Award for the best business story in Italy.
Tommaso Polidoro was born in Cassino , May 30 th 1951. In the Seventies he has collaborated in the works by and with Edoardo De Filippo: at the Festival of two Worlds of Spoleto (“Napoli Milionaria”), at the theater Eliseo(“Le voci di dentro” and “Natale in casa Cupiello”), at Cinecittà for the comedies intended to the RAI “Il Cilindro”, “Il Sindaco di Rione Sanità”, “Gennariello”, “Quei Figuri di Tanti anni fa”. At the end of eighties he was official collaborator of Roma’s Theater (Argentina) for two years. In 1990 during “Taormina arte” he has introduced the Steve j. Spears’s play “ Un pezzo di Paradiso”, with Arnoldo Foà. He was theater critic of E.T. I. (Ente Teatrale Italiano). From 1991 to 1993 he was RAI’s director. He was a member of jury of the “International film schools festival” with C.I.L.E.C.T.-C.I.C.T. UNESCO. He was nominated art director of the show “Voce di Montale” by International Center Eugenio Montale; the show was organized on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the illustrious poet. In 1999 the President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi gives him the honor of Knight of the Republic for artistics and culturals merits. He was among the founders of Atina Jazz, he was art director of “Savigliano Jazz”, “Lyric Theatre Festival”, “Premio Marcello Mastroianni”, “Comicittà”, “Donne in Celluloide”. He was professor at the graduate program of Communication Sciences at Cassino’s University and at the Academy of fine arts in Frosinone, he currently plays its bussines in the world of journalism and communication. He was vice-president of VII Congress of the Roman Press, in 2012 he released his new book “I Teatri di Roma nelle fotografie di Tommaso le Pera” presented at the Quirino Theater. He is the coordinator of the Macro Area – Innovation and Training ASR – (Rome Press Association ). He is currently president of the training formation of Roman Group Press Office and he is delegated to the training of E.A.P.O. & IC “ European Association of the Press Office and Institutional Communication “ located in Brussels. He is member of the Scientific Committees of International Awards for Journalism: “ Terra del Mediterraneo-Bari”, “Giornalisti del Mediterraneo Otranto” and “ARGIL-L’uomo Europeo” in Rome.
Maria Laura Franciosi is a founding member of the Brussels Europe Press Club and a honorary member of its Board of Directors she is also honorary president of J@YS (Journalists at Your Service). She is a former journalist for ANSA Foreign Service (Italian News Agency) during the period 1977-2001 (Rome, London and Brussels as bureau chief.). Since 2001 to date she has been working as a freelance journalist. Consultant for training of journalists. Since 1996 she helped European Journalism Centre (EJC) organise seminars for journalists (Europe, India, South Korea, Turkey, Tunisia). In 2007 and 2009 she was the communication expert for a EU project on Citizens’ Consultations. She is author of many articles on economic, political, social and environmental subjects, she has also written books on language teaching and sociolinguistics (including “Punti di Vista” an innovative Italian language course for the BBC) and other books dealing with the plight of Italian migrants in Britain and Belgium. She was also lecturer (Language and Politics) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (1967-1970). and at atDepartment of English Studies, University of Rome. (1970-1977).
Marica Spalletta is Assistant Professor in Media Studies at Link Campus University in Rome, where she teaches Media & Politics and Media History. She holds her Ph.D. in Culture of Communication at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Milan, Italy); from 2006 to 2010 she was senior researcher at LUISS Guido Carli Communication Research Centre, directed by Massimo Baldini and Derrick De Kerckhove; from 2011 to 2014 she was Assistant Professor at Guglielmo Marconi University in Rome (Italy). Her research focuses on the relationship between political system and media system, especially referring to journalism mediatization and popularization, credibility and trust in hybridized journalistic models, ethical issues related to the development of journalistic phenomena.
Antonella Blasetti is the Leader of the Google Developer Community for Rome, Lazio and Abruzzo. She is the founder of the software development company Information Design where she works as Technical Director and Project Manager for Software Engineering, Systems Support, Training and Consulting. She was in charge of the design and coordination of many Training and Software Development projects for major companies, such as Alenia, American Express, Rome Municipality, Deutsche Bank, Elf Italy, Danone Group, Johnson & Johnson, Mercedes-Benz Italy (Daimler), Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities, Procter & Gamble, Telecom Italy. She is a former Assistant Professor and Research Fellow for DataBase Design in the Computer Science Course at the Business Administration and Economics Faculty of the University La Sapienza in Rome.
Lorenc Dhimgjini is Head of Public Relations within Eurocapital Consulting ltd, a consulting firm specialized in writing and management of European projects. He is engaged with ASSET (Agenzia di Sviluppo Sociale ed Economico del Territorio). He is an Expert of Quality Management Regulation ISO9001 and has several years of European funding experience. He pays special attention to issues related to environment, information, youth entrepreneurship and economic affairs. From 2013, hes has collaborating with in projects concerning investigative journalism training.
Andrea Maresi is currently a member of Cabinet of AGCOM Commissione Antonio Preto. He has been responsible since 2012 for media of the European Parliament in ltaly. Earlier he worked at the European Commission’s Spokesperson’s service and at the European Parliament in Brussels. He is a journalist since 2005.