As others have already said, you would need to ask whatever authority issues journalism
licenses in Italy what is and is not acceptable. I would doubt Wikipedia would be, since
Wikipedia editors are self-selected.
The idea of a "journalists' license" is quite foreign to the U.S.
experience, so I have no idea what your licensing people are looking for: simple examples
of your writing? that your articles are published?
If you submit articles to U.S. media, I would suggest you look for subjects and/or
"spins" that would give the U.S. reader an idea of a particularly Italian or
European viewpoint on the subject matter, or tell news of Italian culture or politics that
an American might find interesting or informative. The U.S. has ample writers about the
Middle East, both homegrown and imported, and your writing would have to reveal something
new and interesting (factual, or comparative perspective, not simply a Eurocentric
polemic) to be likely to be picked up by U.S. media. Europe (though some countries moreso
than Italy) has a much different perspective on the Middle East than the U.S. and a U.S.
reader might like to know what the differences are and why they exist. I would think such
an article would have to address Europe's different history in regard to the Middle
East and relationship to Arab peoples, as well as Europe's history with Jews.
Consider submitting articles to The New York Times and Washington Post as op-eds. No pay,
but the article are not self-selected and the media are prestigious.
Hope this helps,
----- Original Message -----
From: "andrea loquenzi" <andrealoquenzi(a)hotmail.com>
Subject: [WikiEN-l] inquiry from an Italian journalist
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 18:20:24 +0000
I am a young journalist/historian from Rome and I am in the process
of applying for my journalists' lisence here in Italy. This
requires me to have published a certain number of articles in
accredited media outlets in order to earn my lisence. Can a
contribution to either Wikipedia or Wkinews count as such? If so,
this outlet would be very useful for me as I develop as a
journalist. I have much to contribute on the subject of The Middle
East and other historical discourse. I can also translate texts
from Italian to English and vice-versa.
Thank you for your response-- any information you can provide
regarding my inquiry would be greatly appreciated!
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