Checking date: 01/09/2017


Course: 2019/2020

Journalistic Communication
(13506)
Study: Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (211)


Coordinating teacher: SEOANE PEREZ, FRANCISCO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS

Course:
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Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law



Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
1. Knowledge of the fundamentals of journalistic communication. 2. Knowledge of the historical origins of reporting, its social, economic and political causes. Understanding of its evolution and its impact on contemporary societies. Knowledge of ethical aspects essential to social communication. 3. Basics of rhetoric applied to opinion journalism. 4 Ability to analyze and produce information using the language of audiovisual media.
Description of contents: programme
Part I.- Introduction to journalism Lecture 1.- Journalism: profession and business Lecture 1.1.- Journalism as a profession Lecture 1.2.- The media business Lecture 2.- Journalism and democracy Part II.- Reporting through text Lecture 3.- The news story Lecture 4.- Interviews Lecture 5.- Features Lecture 6.- Opinion and editorial writing Part III.- Reporting beyond text Lecture 7.- Newspaper design and typography Lecture 8.- Photojournalism Lecture 9.- Illustration Lecture 10.- Infographics Part IV.- Broadcast journalism Lecture 11.- Radio journalism Lecture 12.- TV journalism Part V.- Journalism now Lecture 13.- Journalism on the Internet
Learning activities and methodology
1. Lectures: The theoretical lectures will give you a wholistic view of the craft of journalism, reviewing the main written genres (news stories, features, interviews) and studying the informative uses of photography, statistical charts and illustration. Broadcast journalism (in TV and radio) is also briefly considered. The final exam will ask for the topics covered in class during these lectures. Skills 1, 2 and 3 (1.5 ECTS). 2. Practical training: Each theoretical lecture is followed by an in-class practical training session: reporting on a news conference, training basic writing skills, writing the script of a radio news or TV news bulletin, etc. Skills 3 and 4 (1 ECTS). 3. Homework: Students will cover events outside the classroom and will report them in the three basic genres: news story, feature, and interview. The final guided commentary on a book by George Orwell will offer students the chance to read and analyze classical works of long-form journalism. Skill 4 (3.5 ECTS) credits.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Basic Bibliography
  • HARROWER, TIM. Inside reporting: A practical guide to the craft of journalism. New York: McGraw-Hill. 2006
  • HARROWER, TIM. The newspaper designer's handbook. New York: McGraw-Hill. 2006

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.