Corriere dell’Umbria celebrates 40 years, Mattarella ‘democracy needs quality journalism’

A week of events for the anniversary of a publication which is the mirror and voice of the territory. Casagrande ‘a strong and significant recognition from the Quirinale at a time when we are moving forward with a broad recovery plan’

Corriere dell’Umbria celebrates its first 40 years and is preparing to celebrate them with a week of events that will open tomorrow with a chronological and photographic exhibition review in the halls of the Rocca Paolina in Perugia. The exhibition will remain open until Sunday and traces not only the history of the newspaper but also that of the region from 18 May 1983 to today. The ribbon will be cut at 6pm on Monday by Maria Concetta Mattei, director of the Radio and Television Journalism School of Perugia, while the review will be presented by the publisher Francesco Polidori and by Sergio Casagrande, director of the Corriere Group. Tuesday 13 at 11 will be the turn of a discussion in the Sala dei Notari of Palazzo dei Priori, on the theme “Corriere live, a live newspaper that opens the doors to the city and the region”, which will see a greeting from Andrea Romizi, mayor of Perugia At 6 pm a new moment of discussion on the theme ‘Publishing and information today between paper, TV and the web’ which will be moderated by Alessandra Ravetta, editor and director of Prima Comunicazione, and will see the participation, among other things, of Lucia Annunziata, Maurizio Belpietro, Peter Gomez and Giovanni Parapini.Finally, on Sunday 18 at 18 in the Sala Pinturicchio of the Corriere dell’Umbria headquarters there will be the award ceremony for the most faithful readers followed by a debate on ‘The newsstands as a resource of the territory’.

The bond with readers and newsagents – even in the online era – remains a focal point in the development of a publication which also has the obligation to keep up with the times. As Sergio Casagrande explains to Adnkronos, from six months at the helm of the newspaper of which he was – very young – one of the founders “what I have the honor of directing is a changed newspaper”. “We have in fact – he adds – an ambition, that of being a purely local newspaper with a capillary coverage of its news but with an eye always attentive to what happens outside its territory”.

Casagrande proudly recalls the message that arrived from the Quirinale for the anniversary. In fact, President Sergio Mattarella recalled how it is “important for our democracy to support quality journalism by promoting awareness of accurate information and which also knows how to counter the growing phenomenon of artfully created false information which, unfortunately, has the characteristic to spread rapidly”.

“The message from the Head of State – underlines Casagrande – is not only an honor for our publication, but an invitation to continue our commitment with greater responsibility towards the communities of our territories. A strong and significant recognition that is not limited to Corriere dell’Umbria, but to all the local press to which we belong with pride”.

Casagrande recalls how “the Corriere dell’Umbria, a newspaper that started from scratch in 1983 thanks to the intuition and audacity of a Gubbio publisher and the commitment of a team of collaborators and aspiring journalists, over the course of these 40 years has managed to establish itself as a protagonist of the local Italian press, but in recent years it had not remained unscathed by the difficulties affecting all national publishing”. “For six months, thanks to a new Umbrian publisher, it has launched an extensive relaunch plan which is taking shape with the reopening of all the newsrooms in the main cities of the area, with the hiring of new journalists and collaborators and with an increase in pages dedicated to local news” concludes the director.