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The Papa Journalism Award – Ernest Hemingway promotes writing, its originality and enhances the passion for journalism of Italian university, master and journalism school students, to whom the announcement is addressed.


The Papa Award, created by the non-profit cultural association Cinzia Vitale with the patronage of the Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana and of the Journalists Association of Veneto, recalls the nickname “Papa”, pinned on Ernest Hemingway by his friend Gerald Murphy when he came back from one of his first journeys to Spain, and falls within the cultural programme of the festival which takes place every year in Caorle (Venice) with the patronage of the Veneto Region.


The themes of “Papa Journalism Award” are Hamingway’s intense and lasting relationship with Veneto and especially the American journalist and writer’s works inspired by this land, which have become part of the world heritage. Candidates’ writings, characterised by a journalistic style, should give particular prominence to the relationship between “Papa” and the places in Veneto that nourished his imagination as a writer.

The reference to the story of Ernest Hemingway in Veneto is a fundamental requirement in the evaluation of the degree of coherence of the compositions selected for the final phase of the Papa Award.
The winners of the previous editions, to be admitted to the last phase of the competition, gave special prominence to the horrors of World War I, which saw Hemingway on the front of Veneto as very young volunteer of the American Red Cross and then in Venice, Cortina d’Ampezzo, San Michele al Tagliamento, Fossalta di Piave, Bassano del Grappa, as well as hunting trips in Valle Grande in San Gaetano, whose beauty, together with the enchanting and wild Brussa beach overlooking Bibione, which enchanted him so munch, during his frequent visits, that he described its beauty in some extraordinary pages that became successful novels.

The winner of the 4th edition of the “Papa Ernest Hemingway Journalism Award” is Mario Motta. 20 years old, from Frosinone, he writes for Sconfinare, the newspaper of the degree course of International and Diplomatic Studies of the University of Trieste.

«In the future, I would like to deal with the world’s conflict areas – he said. My dream is to report about life in North America, a place I’ve learned to love, over time».

He also said: «The reasons that pushed me to take part in the Papa Award national selections were various. In addition to a certain kind of fascination towards the figure of Hemingway, there was definitely the encouragement of Professor Vitale, to whom I am grateful. Honestly I didn’t expect to get as far as the finals, and even less to win: it was a huge satisfaction, even though I must admit that I still have to become fully aware of what happened».


Jeena Cucciniello, 23 years of age, Italian-Indian born in Darjeeling and Graduated in Public Relations at the University of Udine, was the winner of the Papa Journalism Award – 2017 Edition, overcoming Claudia Palazzino from Caserta and Elena Furlano from Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Her news item about the G7 Environment held in Bologna in 2017 won over the other finalists. «I’m really happy not only because I won – she commented – but also because I won thanks to my passion».

«Taking part in this competition – Jeena Cucciniello added – gave me the chance to learn about Hemingway, worldwide considered as one of the fathers of the American literature revolution that I did not know well until now».


Maila Marangone, student of Public Relations at the University of Udine, was the winner of the 2nd edition of the Papa Journalism Award – Ernest Hemingway. A special mention was accorded to Maria Chiara Billi, student of Communication Sciences at the University of Trieste.

The prize-giving ceremony, hosted by Luisa Venturin, saw the participation of Andrea Iacomini, spokesman of UNICEF Italia, who was awarded the City of Caorle Prize, which is combined with the Papa Award.

But the event held in Caorle had more emotions in store: a transcontinental phone call made by Ernest Hemingway and Fernanda Pivano in 1957 was broadcast thanks to the collaboration of the Benetton Studies and Research Foundation, the Corriere della Sera Foundation and Michele Concina, heir of Fernanda Pivano.


Federica Procentese, 22 years of age, from Trieste, was the winner of the 1st edition of the Papa Journalism Award – Ernest Hemingway. Student of Communication Sciences at the University of Trieste, with the passion of photography, she aspires to become a journalist and travel the world to talk about wars.

She was given the prize from John Hemingway, grandson of the American journalist and writer Ernest Hemingway, who came to Caorle to recall his grandfather’s deep bond with the lagoon.

«I think that the Papa Award for writing and journalism is a wonderful way to help young Italian talents to stand out and to honour my grandfather, who visited the lagoon of Caorle, as I know for sure, with his good friend Baron Franchetti, going hunting. He deeply loved Veneto and especially the area of Caorle».


Sergio Canciani

Sergio Canciani

Long-time correspondent from Moscow for RAI, he reported about the Russia of Putin for 13 years, with approximately seven thousand services, in addition to many other commentaries and interviews. Born in the frontier city of Trieste, he studied the Slavic languages which “predestined” him to witness the crisis of the Soviet Union and its client provinces, as special correspondent from central Europe and the Balkans. When he was head of the RAI representation and correspondence unit in Moscow he tried to follow the example of his eminent predecessors.

Tiziana Ferrario

Tiziana Ferrario

Since January 2014, she is RAI correspondent in New York. After collaborating with Italia Sera she was included in the editorial staff of Uno Mattina and was one of the main TG1 news anchors from 1993 to 2010. After working as political correspondent, she reported about international political and social crises and wars from Afghanistan, Iraq, Southeast Asia, as well as Africa, between northern Uganda and Drafur and then she arrived in the US, a country which still keeps a vivid memory of one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, Papa Ernest Hemingway.

Roberto Papetti

Roberto Papetti

Director of the daily newspaper Il Gazzettino. Deputy Director of the weekly publication Il Mondo, editor-in-chief for economics of Corriere della Sera and Deputy Director of Il Giornale, he has been trying, since 2006, to draw the national and international attention to Veneto, one of the main tourist destinations in Italy. With his vast culture and his considerable economic and financial skills, after becoming Director of Il Gazzettino and developing a deep knowledge of Veneto, he was able to give voice to the heart of people, to those who created the so-called “North-East”.

Cecilia Primerano

Cecilia Primerano

Cecilia Primerano, Calabrian, born in 1966. She is head of service at the political editorial staff of Tg1 and presenter of Tg1 60 seconds and Tg1 notte. After graduating in Literature at the University of Florence, she began working for some newspapers in the Milanese hinterland and local radios. She then she landed on the radio network RTL 102.5 as a parliamentary journalist. In 1999 she joined the Porta a Porta team and became the top correspondent of Bruno Vespa’s program. She follows the parliamentary political activity, as well as the international summits and is sent to follow the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, carrying out reports and interviews with all the protagonists of Italian politics. She remain with Vespa until 2011 when you arrive at the political editorial board of Tg1. On November 13, 2015, she lead the long special mid-evening edition on the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Marco Frittella

Marco Frittella

Ancorman of Unomattina he worked for 27 years on Tg1 where, from 1996 to 1998, he was head of the parliamentary editorial staff. Radio telecronist of the election and swearing in of numerous Governments and four Presidents of the Republic, he interviewed Michail Gorbacev, Lech Walesa, Willy Brandt, Michel Aoun, S.Oscar Romero and, as quirinalist, he followed the President of the Republic Francesco Cossiga. From 2007 to 2009 he edited the “political note” live for Tg1, for the evening edition, from Montecitorio. In 2020 he published with RAI Libri the essay “Italia Green”, the map of the excellence of environmental made in Italy.

Alessia Cerantola

Alessia Cerantola

Pulitzer Prize, as an ICIJ member with whom she worked on the Panama Papers investigation, she is a professional journalist at the investigative journalism consortium OCCRP. She begans her professional career by writing about Japan for the International weekly. In her services she has dealt with various issues including sexual violence, corruption, tax fraud and organized crime, and has collaborated with a number of Italian newspapers including the Fatto Quotidiano, Il Sole 24 Ore, Ansa, TG La7 and Report, RAI 3, and with foreign media such as the Guardian, The Intercept and The Atlantic. Since 2013 she has worked as a commentator for Outlook, a BBC World service program. Her work has received a number of awards including the Reporters Without Borders and Unesco Press Freedom Award, Austria and the Dig Awards. She is one of the co-founders and the board of IRPImedia, with whom in 2019 she created a podcast on the Italian identity movement for The Groundtruth Project. In 2020 she published Verified, a serial podcast born from an investigation into a former carabiniere who abused a series of foreign tourists.

Andrea Iacomini

Andrea Iacomini

Spokesman for Unicef Italia, blogger and writer. Author of the book Il Giorno Dopo (“the next day”), he is editor of a supplementary section of Huffington Post Italia and wrote editorials and articles on current events and foreign policy for several magazines and for the main Italian daily newspapers. He recently carried out an intense information campaign against the children massacre in the Mediterranean Sea, Syria, Iraq and the Gaza Strip, themes for which he is still on the frontline with initiatives and field missions. He is Managing Director of the supporters magazine of UNICEF Italia “Dalla parte dei bambini” (“on the side of the children”).

Susan Dabbous

Susan Dabbous

Italian-Syrian reporter works for Euronews. She have spent seven years in the Middle East following the conflicts in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Israel and Palestine for numerous Italian news organizations including SkyTg24, Avvenire and La Repubblica. She graduated in Political Science and International Relations in 2019, she worked for the NGO No Peace Without Justice. Her work focuses on the violation of human rights and the situation of democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. During her journalistic career, she was kidnapped by an Islamist group in Syria, an experience she recounted in a book entitled How do you want to die? Kidnapped in Syria at war (Castelvecchio, 2014) which was also published in english.

Stefano Polli

Stefano Polli

He is deputy director of the ANSA agency, the first Italian agency and among the first in the world with correspondent offices in all the major world capitals, he followed the major international events as special envoy: the first Gulf War, the Balkans war, the Albanian civil war, the Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict, as well as the major international summits such as the EU, G7, G8, G20, UN and NATO. ANSA analyst for politics and international diplomacy, he is professor of European journalism at the Lumsa University and author of books on Europe and on agency journalism. In 2012 he published the novel “Oltre il mare”.

Floriana Bulfon

Floriana Bulfon

The video reportage she made with Cristina Mastrandrea about foreign minors who are abandoned and exploited all around the station of Roma Termini – released by, La7 and RaiNews24 – was awarded the Lucchetta Prize 2016 for the Reportage section. She writes for Espresso, Panorama and Linkiesta, carrying out inquiries on crime, racket, armament, smuggling of migrants and healthcare. With the service “Regeni, i misteri del Cairo” (“Regeni, the mysteries of Cairo”), broadcasted on Rai 1 by the program “Petrolio”, she won the seventh edition of the Simona Cigana Prize for Investigative Journalism.

Toni Capuozzo

Toni Capuozzo

Host of the TV show Terra, he started his professional activity in 1979 at Lotta Continua, reporting from Latin America. Subsequently, he wrote for Reporter, Panorama Mese and Epoca. During the Falklands War in 1982 he was given an exclusive interview by the writer Jorge Luis Borges. He investigated about Mafia for Giovanni Minoli’s program “Mixer” and was correspondent for the program “L’Istruttoria”. Then he collaborated with Mediaset news broadcasts such as TG4, TG5 and Studio Aperto, following in particular former-Yugoslavia wars and the conflicts in Somalia, Middle East and Afghanistan.

Flavia Trupia

Flavia Trupia

Administrator of PerLaRe-Per La Retorica, she works for public and private organizations. She teaches rhetoric, writing, communication, social media in universities, masters and training centers. You have created and managed, the first Italian site dedicated to rhetoric. She have published Powerful Speeches. Persuasion techniques to leave their mark (Franco Angeli) and, with Andrea Granelli, Rhetoric and business. Intuit, reason, seduce in the digital age (Egea) and The rhetoric is alive. And he is in excellent health (Franco Angeli). In 2016 she won the Educational Product of the Year award with the #GuerradiParole, a rhetoric clash between university students and prisoners. She have been a guest of cultural in-depth TV programs, such as Grandi discorsi, hosted by Aldo Cazzullo (Rai Storia and Rai 3) and Buonasera Presidente, hosted by Filippo Ceccarelli (Rai Storia). She have written for various publications, intervenes as a speaker or moderator in events and conferences.

Paolo Brinis

Paolo Brinis

He has been journalist for News Mediaset for the past 20 years, talking about the North-East of Italy for the news programs of the Milanese TV group (TG4, TG5, Studio Aperto and TGCom24), one of the biggest groups of private TV. As a journalist, he also lived important experiences in Israel, Iraq and Japan. He is interested in modern art, architecture and wine culture. He smokes Cuban cigars, though rarely, but he is generally fascinated by everything that has to do with them and he even wrote a book called Il giro del Mondo in 80 sigari (“around the world in 80 cigars”), a literary effort with a chapter dedicated to Ernest Hemingway.

Collen Barry

Collen Barry

The American Collen Barry is the Italian correspondent of the Associated Press. In love with Veneto, she lives in Italy with her husband and their two children. She is an admirer of the works of the journalist and writer Ernest Hemingway. Founded in 1846 in New York, the Associated Press is now one of the largest agencies in the world and, together with Reuters, the principal in English. The Associated Press is a cooperative of media outlets, with 242 offices covering more than 120 countries worldwide. On 26 August 2014 a five-year paternariat agreement was signed (2015-2020) between AP and ANSA for photos, texts and videos.

Maarten van Aalderen

Maarten van Aalderen

He is correspondent for Italy and Turkey of De Telegraaf, the major Dutch newspaper, he was president of the Italian Associazione della Stampa Estera. Director and coordinator of the Global Journalism course at the UniNettuno University of Rome, he cooperates on the television program “Italiani di carta” by Paolo Mieli and broadcast on the state television of San Marino, as well as on the Sky network. He won the Sicily Madre Mediterranea 2008 award, the international prize for Culture Santa Margherita Ligure 2009, the Nestore Cup prize in September 2015 and the Pablo Neruda prize at Crispiano in 2017.

«In Veneto, my grandfather Ernest Hemingway became a man, experiencing the essential things of life for the very first time: pain and fear, during the war, and then love and loss, that triggered his literature. That’s why he was so attached to Veneto».


John Hemingway

   Arrigo Cipriani

Harry’s Bar Venezia

   Elettra Marconi

Guglielmo Marconi’s daughter

   Luca Zaia

Veneto president

   John Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway’s grandson

   Matteo Poja

San Gaetano hunting lodge

   Pino Roveredo

Campiello Award winner

   Filippo Giorgi

Nobel Peace Prize

   Valentina Bach

UWC Adriatic secretary general

   Roberto Vitale

Vitale Onlus president

   Giorgio Mazzarotto

Gruppo Lampo president

   Cristiano Corazzari

Veneto culture alderman

   Irina Ivancich Marchesi

Adriana Ivancich’s granddaughter

   Massimo Sensini

Fossalta di Piave mayor

   Riccardo Poletto

Bassano del Grappa mayor

   Pasqualino Codognotto

S. Michele al Tagliamento mayor

   Gianpietro Ghedina

Cortina mayor


Competition Rules

The contest is for university students and students of journalism schools only


Announcement of Competition

The winner of the Papa's Journalism Award is rewarded with Euro 1000.00 (one thousand)


Facsimile Application

In order to protect the anonymity of the participants, submission by certified mail will not be accepted


The non-profit cultural association Cinzia Vitale was founded in 2012 in memory of prematurely-departed Cinzia Vitale. The President Roberto Vitale wanted to commemorate his sister giving “life” to some dreams… to be the voice for those who have none. Vitale Onlus intends to pursue only non-profit social solidarity purposes and help people with physical, psychological, economic and domestic disadvantage, through events connected with the promotion of culture and art, as well as a more complete human and social development for the enhancement of the linguistic heritage.


The honorary and the scientific committees of Vitale Onlus include, among others, the journalists Tiziana Ferrario, Toni Capuozzo and Sergio Canciani, the UN spokesman for critical areas Andrea Angeli, Maria Giovanna Elmi, as well as academic and diplomatic figures. Other meritorious members include the journalist Paolo Rumiz, the writer Claudio Magris, the Noble Peace Prize winner Filippo Giorgi, the ambassador Staffan de Mistura, the scientist Mauro Giacca, Monsignor Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the late lamented astrophysicist Margherita Hack, the archbishop Guido Pozzo, almoner of His Holiness Benedict XVI, the actress Ariella Reggio, the dramatist Giorgio Pressburger and Andrea Margelletti, president of the Centre for International Studies.

The winners of the annual “Cinzia Vitale Prize” are Mohamed H. A. Hassan (2016), executive director of the World Academy of Science, the writer Boris Pahor (2015), the princess Elettra Marconi (2014) and David B. Sutcliffe (2013), headmaster of UWC Adriatic.

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Born in Trieste in 1968, professional journalist he attended the faculty of Letters and Philosophy and graduated with a thesis on “Psychology of Communication”. “North-east ferments, economy, science and culture in the new geopolitical theatre” is the new program he supervises and hosts from the Italian public radio station of Friuli Venezia Giulia, while “Theories and techniques of communication for cooperation and emergency” is the course he is teaching at the Master’s Degree course of International Diplomacy and Cooperation (the only MD course of this type in Italy), through which the department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Trieste trains international officials of high professional profile, with diplomatic, cooperation and communication skills.


He was spokesman of the Italian UN contingent in Lebanon and of UNIFIL Sector West (Italy, France, Ghana, South Korea, Slovenia, Brunei and Malaysia), deployed in compliance with the UN Security Council resolution 1701, and Senior Expert of Communication in the programme “Instrument for Stability” of the European Commission.


Roberto Vitale started his activity as a journalist at the daily newspaper “Trieste Oggi”. Subsequently, he was editor of “Cronaca Nord-Est” and collaborated with the daily newspaper “Il Piccolo”. He was correspondent for the Milanese journal “L’Indipendente” in the mid 1990s, then he worked in the editorial staff of “Telequattro”, regional TV station of Friuli Venezia Giulia. In 2002 he was hired by the news agency “Ansa” and lastly by the daily newspaper “Il Gazzettino”, where he concluded his professional activity as a journalist to take on top roles in the field of communication, both in Italy and abroad, and to dedicate himself to teaching. Some of his inquiries and articles were published by the business newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore” and by “Il Messaggero”.


Among his foreign experiences in journalism, he reported from Eastern Europe, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, France, Ghana, Greece, Egypt and the United States of America, where back in 2003 he documented for “Il Gazzettino” the arrival of the “Isabel” hurricane, one of the most violent natural phenomena in history, which hit devastating part of the north-eastern coast. He also followed, as a correspondent, several military operations abroad.


Enthusiast of the subject in the scientific-disciplinary sector SPS/08 “Sociology of cultural and communication processes”, from the academic year 2016-2017 he is in charge of the course “Theories and techniques of communication for cooperation and emergency” at the Master’s Degree course of International Diplomacy and Cooperation of the University of Trieste. Previously, from the academic year 2011-2012 to the academic year 2015-2016, he was contract professor of “Journalism and new media”, “Theory and techniques of journalism and television language” and “History of journalism and social communications” at the Bachelor’s Degree course of Communication Studies at the department of Humanities of the University of Trieste. He was also teacher at the “Writing Workshop” of the Bachelor’s Degree course of Public Relations of the University of Udine.


Until the academic year 2011-2012 he taught at the 1st-level Master of “Analysis and management of communication” at the faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Trieste. He taught communication classes at the State University of Milan and was lecturer of “International protection of the rights of man, of cultures and of the environment” for the graduation course of International and Diplomatic Sciences of the faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Trieste.


He is co-author of the book “La sicurezza sul lavoro dei ricercatori in zone a rischio geopolitico. Cos’è la normalità tra intelligence e terrorismo?” [Safety at work of researchers in areas of geopolitical risk. What is normality between intelligence and terrorism?], which is actually the first tool in Italy and probably in Europe to offer an overview of international security. Published by EUT (University of Trieste Publishing) in 2017, it is dedicated to the memory of Giulio Regeni, the researcher who was killed in 2016 in Egypt while he was carrying out a research on independent unions.


“Lampi di guerra sul Libano” [Flashes of war above Lebanon], published by Italo Svevo in 2009, is the title of the book about the peacekeeping mission of UN Blue Helmets in Lebanon during the last Israeli-Palestinian war in the Gaza Strip. Coping with life is not easy, doing it with war is even more difficult, but this is the condition that after a concise, though complete prologue of the ambassador Gabriele Checchia, who provides the reader with an overview of the historical context of the book – allowed Vitale to talk about the exhausting succession of ceasefires, which for ages had prevented peace, until the day of the new American dream: 20 January 2009, the inauguration day of Barack Obama as US President, the day after the end of the Israeli-Palestinian “Operation Cast Lead” war. He is also author of journalism and communication pamphlets.


The distinctions include the UN Commemorative Medal, the UNIFIL peacekeeping mission Commemorative Medal, the Italian Red Cross Merit Bronze Medal and the 14th-century Seal of the City of Trieste. He also received a commendation from the UN Joint Task Force Lebanon Headquarters. Vitale was also awarded the special prize for the journalism career from Aerec (European Academy for Economic and Cultural Relations), the Agape prize and the Africa-Italy Excellence Award.


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