Checking date: 25/01/2023

Course: 2024/2025

Journalistic Communication
Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 382 - Estudio: 211)

Coordinating teacher: VAL CUBERO, ALEJANDRA

Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

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.
Skills and learning outcomes
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 and infographics Part IV.- Broadcast journalism Lecture 10.- Radio journalism Lecture 11.- TV journalism Part V.- Journalism now Lecture 12.- Journalism on the Internet Lecture 13.- Journalism for Audiovisual Communication Students.
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

Extraordinary call: regulations
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 may change due academic events or other reasons.