Maria Laura Conte was editorial and communication director of the Oasis International Foundation from November 2011 to October 2015. After graduating in Humane Letters from University of Padua with a thesis in Exegesis of the New Testament, she earned her PhD in Sociology of the Communication from CEU University in Valencia with a thesis entitled: The cultural information in a changing society. Since 2004 she has been member of the Scientific Board of Oasis. For the Oasis journal she wrote long news reports from Sudan, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Indonesia. About this country she wrote the book entitled: Dove guarda l’Indonesia. Cristiani e musulmani nel paese del sorriso (Marcianum Press 2006), that won the Capri-San Michele Award. She won the journalistic prize A. Basso 2004, too, and she got a special mention of the Vesce - Prize for the information quality 2006—2007 for her reportage from Kosovo. Her last publication is the book entitled Un giornalismo per uomini vivi (Edizioni Messagero, Padova 2014), focused on the development of cultural communication in the current social-media age.
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