Elisa Di Benedetto
Name: Elisa Di Benedetto
WORK EXPERIENCE 2002-ongoing: Belluno, Italy: free-lance journalist and contributor for the daily newspaper Corriere delle Alpi Main activities and responsibilities: covering – as reporter and photographer - cross-cultural and cross-religious issues; Italian Mountain Troops' operations in Italy and abroad; Islamic communities and culture in Italy; migration; political elections, education, culture. Reportage from Afghanistan, Lebanon, Kosovo. free-lance reporter and photographer covering social issues, cross-cultural and cross-religious issues and issues related to migration and integration. Experience as embedded-journalist in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Kosovo, covering the Italian troops' operations. 30 May 2010: Bari, Italy winner of the “Reporters of the Mediterranean International Award – Premio Internazionale Giornalisti del Mediterraneo” (“Italian Peacekeeping Operations” section) with a reportage on the Italian troops' operations in UNIFIL-Lebanon. EDUCATION AND TRAINING Feb 2010: International Center for Journalists and United Nations alliace of Civilizations, Alexandria, Egypt Conference “Reporting Across Cultures: Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age” Dec 2009-Jan 2010: The International Center for Journalists Online training course “Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age” Mar 2009: NATO CIMIC Group South, Motta di Livenza (TV), Italy NATO Functional Specialist CIMIC Course. Nov 2007: NATO CIMIC Group South, Motta di Livenza (TV), Italy NATO Basic Civil Military Cooperation Course: definition, aim, components, principle tasks, function and organization of Civil military Cooperation at tactical level and basic understanding at operational level. May 2007: COI – Comando Operativo di Vertice Interforze, Rome, Italy “Advanced Course for journalists working in conflict and post-conflict areas” Feb-Dec 2006: Department of Political Science, University of Rome “Roma Tre”, Italy Master Degree in “Peacekeeping and Security Studies”. Final project: “Media and Peacebuilding. The challenges for Afghan Journalists”. Final grade: 60/60 Oct 2005: COI – Comando Operativo di Vertice Interforze, Rome, Italy “Course for journalists working in conflict and post-conflict areas” Sept 1996-July 2002: Department of Lettere e Filosofia, University Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna, Italy University Degree in Communication Studies – Diploma di laurea in Scienze della comunicazione Graduation project: Tina Merlin: una giornalista nel dopoguerra. Final Grade: 106/110 Sept 1998–Sept 1999: Roskilde Universitetcenter, Roskilde, Denmark abroad study experience as Socrates-Erasmus student. VOLUNTEERING - “Afghanistan Future Foundation – Italia ONLUS” and “ACAFI - Cultural Association of Afghan People in Italy”, Rome. Main activities and responsibilities: production and dissemination of information material on AFF and ACAFI activities; data transcription; report writing; monitoring the situation of Afghan refugees; planning and drafting of projects for Afghan civil society reconstruction; fund-raising; planning, organization of events; coordinator of the program “Belluno-Kabul. Schoolmates”; - member and liaison officer of “Belluno-Kabul” Committee. - human rights and cross-cultural awareness activities in primary, secondary and high schools. Lectures on Afghanistan situation. - “Assadakah - Italian-Arab Centre for the Mediterranean”, Rome. Main activities and responsibilities: website updating with stories on Unifil operations and on the relationship between Italy and Lebanon; promoting the association mission and activities through different publications and media; planning of cooperation and humanitarian relief programs between Italy and Lebanon; liaison officer; coordinating Italian delegation’s visit to Lebanon. INTERESTS Interested in development, cross-cultural and cross-religious issues, and in the role of media in post-conflict reconstruction processes.