ROME — The International Festival of Journalism was founded in 2006 by Arianna Ciccone and Christopher Potter with the objective of discussing journalism, information, freedom of the press and democracy following the 2.0 model. This is an event started at a lower level, open to "incursions" by users; a unique event at which leading journalists from all over the world meet with ordinary citizens, readers, students and professionals, in a continuous flow of ideas, exchanges and debates. The media plays a fundamental role in our daily lives, but often thrives on being inward-looking. In some way this festival breaks down that wall thanks to its format, rendering lively and viable a meeting between those who provide information and those who make use of it.
On Saturday April 24th, Al Gore, Vice President of the United States between 1993 and 2001 under Bill Clinton, will participate in the Festival of Journalism. Ever since he became an American congressman thirty years ago, Al Gore has emphasized the importance of confronting the threat of global warming.
He is currently the founder and director of the "Alliance for Climate Protection" and the co-founder and director of "Current", an independent cable and satellite television network for the young, using material created by viewers themselves and citizen journalism.
The detailed edition of the Festival’s 2010 (IJF) edition can be found on the official website.