Checking date: 05/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Social Journalims
Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 384 - Estudio: 231)

Coordinating teacher: LUENGO CRUZ, MARIA

Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
News reporting Investigative journalism
Theoretical and practical knowledge of the journalistic coverage and approach to social issues -- themes, sources, and main social actors in the coverage of issues such as migration, gender, disability, etc., -- and what should be its best approach and treatment. Analysis of the relationships that journalists establish with different actors interacting in the civil sphere, from civil society organizations to unstructured groups and individual agents. Learning practical journalistic criteria and techniques needed to address some of the main specialized topics within the field of social journalism, such as education, health, environment, religion, trend stories, etc. These issues include cross-related news stories, for example, migration, racism, gender violence or disability. Development of news stories that allow capture relevant social facts, interpret, and report properly in the context of a social journalism that currently leads the many new initiatives in the digital and economic restructuring of the journalistic profession.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction 2. An insight into the social history of social journalism 3. Sociological grounds for reporting on civil society and social movements 4. Reporting techniques in social journalism 5. Conclusion
Learning activities and methodology
Combination of lectures (3ECTS) and workshops (3ECTS). Lectures will address the syllabus from a theoretical and critical perspective. Workshops will include both critical analysis and the production of news stories, reports, articles, and other journalistic material on social issues, according to the basic principles outlined in the different lectures.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Barranquero, Alejandro. El Periodismo Social como área de especialización, perspectiva de reforma y cultura profesional. Una revisión de conceptos y debates. . Estudios del mensaje periodístico, 25 (2). DOI: 2019
  • Belda, L.M., Maíllo, J. E. y Prieto, J.M. . Periodismo social. El compromiso de la información. Servimedia. 2006
  • Cytrynblum, Alicia . Periodismo social. Una nueva disciplina. La Crujía: Buenos Aires. 2009
  • Diezhandino, María Pilar. Periodismo de servicio. Bosch.
  • Gallego, Juana, Luengo, María. Periodismo social. Síntesis.
  • Kovack, B. y Rosentiel, B. . Los elementos del periodismo. Aguilar: Madrid. 2003
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
(*) 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.