Checking date: 04/06/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Digital Documentation
Study: Bachelor in Journalism (212)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Library Science and Documentation

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


1. Critical ability to analise and select the most accurate source to solve information needs in any context. 2. Skill to manage technologies for managing information. 3. To know the basic work in media and communication libraries 4. Ability to search, select, retrieve, organise and process any document or information source (text, audio, image, video...) useful to create media content at any format or medium. 5. To understand basic countable data and statistics, for managing them properly and offering them to a main audience. 6. Ability to use media and communicative technologies and techniques, at any support, format and channel, including multimedia
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
This course emphasize the importance of digital information sources in Internet, as a tool for the construction of journalistic and audiovisual speech aimed at the truth and explanation of the news and other informational messages. We intend to show why information should be documented and what is, what are the main tasks of a documentation center within a journalistic medium, where they can be major sources of information and how to access them, how to reuse information already recorded for journalistic purposes, producing new information and, finally, how to organize personal information by journalists. A more in depth list of the main covered areas include: - Basic concepts of digital information - Information sources for journalists - Information analysis: Quantitative data, graphics and bad practices in the use of non-text information. - Text, image, sound, multimedia: how to obtain, manage and reuse contents - Tools for Data journalism: how to understand, combine, describe and represent big datasets
Learning activities and methodology
Acquisition of knowledge (2 ECTS), through lectures, teaching materials prepared by the teacher, online tutorials, readings, and personal study of the students. It relates with competences 1, 2, 3. Acquisition of skills and abilities (4 ECTS) to search, locate, edit and reuse all types of digital content in different media, presented within all formats. It relates with competences 4, 5, 6.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • BRADSHAW, Paul. Scraping for journalists. Leanpub. 2012
  • CRUCIANELLI, Sandra. Herramientas digitales para periodistas. Centro Knight for journalism in the Americas. 2013.
  • Fernando Irigaray, Dardo Ceballos y Matías Manna (eds.). Webperiodismo en un ecosistema líquido. Laborde Libros Editor. 2013.
  • GRAY, Jonathan; BOUNEGRU, Liliana; CHAMBERS, Lucy. Manual de Periodismo de Datos. European Journalism Centre, Open Knowledge Foundation. 2013.
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Gray, J., Chambers, L., & Bounegru, L.. The data journalism handbook: How journalists can use data to improve the news.. O'Reilly Media. 2012
  • Kawamoto, K.. Digital journalism: Emerging media and the changing horizons of journalism. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2003
(*) Access to some electronic resources may be restricted to members of the university community and require validation through Campus Global. If you try to connect from outside of the University you will need to set up a VPN

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.