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EcocNews is online

we are a group of journalists who have decided to make their experience and skills available to the European Capitals of Culture through EcocNews.com, the web newspaper online from 1st February  2021.

It is a space for information on the activities of all National capitals of culture, all European Capitals of Culture, the candidate cities and those that have earned the title, and on everything related to this extraordinary EU program,  even from a regulatory point of view.
We believe that after 35 years from the beginning of this adventure about Ecoc, it has become necessary to build a virtual home of the European Capitals of Culture where to exchange news, where to discuss cultural programs also to define the aspects that can be improved. We believe that this space is even more important in a complex time like the one we are all going through and where digital strategy can really help us to build relationships, define new ideas in the exclusive general interest of European culture and European citizens.
But the activities of EcocNews.com do not stop there. The goal is also to save, in a special section of the site, all the documents, bid books, and reports of the jury of the different cities participating in this challenge. In this way, their extraordinary work does not go to waste when the competition or the Ecoc year has ended.

The editorial team is made up of journalists who have already had experience with the national and international communication of various cultural programs. Experiences that have allowed us to fully understand the secrets of this job.
At this moment, we only ask you to insert us in your mailing list and to send us your press releases or in the original language or, when possible, in English, attaching authorized photos with credits, and we will publish them on the site and on our social channels.
We believe it is an opportunity for everyone, for all cities, for culture, for creative industries, for citizens, and above all for our whole dear Europe.
But the result also depends on you. Trusting in your precious collaboration, we invite you to follow us also on our social channels Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. And, if you want, you can write for us about your city or your capital.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon, we send you best wishes.
EcocNews Team

Serafino Paternoster, founder of the project
A repentant Jazz guitarist, a musical reviewer and keen on cinema, his main activity is communication. His first experience in a press office was for Ray Charles’s concert held in Matera in 1992. However, at that time he did not yet know that it would be his job. Graduated in Communication Sciences, he started to work as a journalist in 1991 and he enrolled in the National Register of Journalists in 2001.
He has been working for the Region of Basilicata since 1996 and he is the head of the press office of the Council of the Region of Basilicata. From 2010 to 2015 he was in charge of the institutional communication of the Municipality of Matera and at the same time he was in charge of the press office of the Matera 2019 Committee for the candidacy of Matera as the European Capital of Culture. Thanks to this experience he wrote the book “Le città invincibili – L’esempio di Matera 2019” (Editrice Universosud – 2017).
In 2018 he was appointed as the coordinator of the press office of Matera – Basilicata Foundation 2019by the Director of the Press Office of the Council of the Region of Basilicata. From february 2020 he has returned to work in the Basilicata Region.

Mariateresa Cascino, editor in chief
Mariateresa Cascino is from Matera and is 46 years old. She holds a degree with honours in Communication Sciences, with a specialization in marketing. She is a journalist, publicist and consultant in marketing and communication for private and public organizations. She gained professional experience in Italy and in the USA (Boston and New York) working in institutional and corporate communications and on expansion and internationalization projects in the American market. She has created marketing plans, carried out feasibility studies and managed public relations for investors interested in both Northern America and Italy.  She is a Europhile, and has  worked for the Department for Public Administration, dealing with information about the structural funds of Objective 1 Regions. She has also developed integrated communication and advertising campaigns to support institutional communications about the ERDF structural funds of the Basilicata Region.
Mariateresa is co-founder and president of the Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, the only literary festival in Europe focused on the Writer’s Conference aims of discovering new talent and promoting women’s fiction.

Caterina Venece, editorial coordination
Caterina Venece was born in Montemurro, a small Lucanian village near Potenza, in 1987. She is a journalist. In 2010 she obtained her BA in Italian Literature from the University of Salerno, specialising in journalism. Later she moved to the University of Bari. In 2013 she obtained an MA in Information and publishing systems with a thesis on Italian culture analysed through the pages of “La Domenica” in “Il Sole 24 Ore”.
After graduating, she attended a Master in Marketing, Public and Business Communication specializing in Social Media Strategy and collaborated to a research project on the monitoring of the private broadcasting stations in Apulia promoted by Corecom Puglia with the University of Bari.
In 2013 she started working with the Fondazione Leonardo Sinisgalli in Montemurro where she was the person in charge of the press and communication office. From 2015 to 2016 she took part in the training programme “Borse di studio per la promozione e comunicazione del brand Basilicata nel mondo” (Internships for the promotion and the communication of Basilicata brand worldwide) promoted by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and the Basilicata Region. Within the framework of the above mentioned programme she spent three months at the Malta Society of Arts in La Valletta (Malta), the European Capital of Culture 2018, and six months at Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation in Matera, the European Capital of Culture 2019. In 2017 she did an internship as a press agent at Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation. Since the beginning of 2018 she has been working for the Press Office of Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation, a great unique opportunity to tell the whole world about Matera European Capital of Culture 2019 and the region of Basilicata alike through local, national and international media. 

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