Checking date: 07/06/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Local Journalism
Study: Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Film, Television and Media Studies (231)

Coordinating teacher: HERRERO CURIEL, EVA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Communication and Media Studies

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
- News Reporting - Interpretative reporting - Information Skills - Online Journalism
- Know how local journalism works. - Be able to search for local news. - Access to relevant journalistic sources at the local level. - Know the dynamics of the local media. - Design and prepare a publication in any local format.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1-What is Local Journalism 1.1 Concept of Local Journalism 1.2 An exciting work 1.3 How is exercised Local Journalism in Spain 1.4 Similarities and differences with the national and international journalism 2 - An Approach to the Industrial Situation in Spain 2.1 The relationship of the Spanish people with the print media. Reading rates 2.2 The progressive regionalization of information 2.3 The relentless focus on large groups 3-The Agenda Setting at Local Press 3.1 The Agenda Setting creation 3.2 The local newspapers as the main creators of agenda setting 3.3 The relevance of the local in the agenda setting 3.4 The other agenda setting of the local reality 4 - What is Important in a local newspaper 4.1 To the closest to the most remote 4.2 The municipal policy 4.3 The regional policy 4.4 Events 4.5 Society 4.6 Culture 4.7 Sports 4.8 Opinion 4.9 Letters to the Editor 4.10 Service Guide and calendar 5 - Press Offices in Local Government 5.1 Origin and conformation. The right to access the information at the local level 5.2 The many difficulties of institutional information. The communication plan 5.3 Traditional cabinets versus new cabinets 5.4 Future trends 6 - The Relationship Between the Media and the Local Government 6.1 The mutual dependence 6.2 Institutional Relations 6.3 Non-Institutional Relations 6.4 Trade Relations 6.5 Personal Relationships 6.6-Sources in the local journalism: advantages and disadvantages of the proximity of sources 7 - The Local Journalism as a Vehicle for Transmission of the Interests of Society 7.1 The identity aspects of a local newspaper 7.2 The local area and its market 7.3 The identity threatened 7.4 The construction of reality 7.5 The transmission of social interests 8 - The Impact of Internet on Journalism 8.1 Information without borders, no technological or economic 8.2. A new medium 8.3 A new form of communication that integrates all of the above 9-The Uniformity of Content 9.1 The proliferation of media containing the same messages 9.2 The predominance of national information on the rest 9.3 The main policy regarding information 9.4 The mimicry extends to the soft contents 10-Facing a Global Wolrdl with Glocal Journalism 10.1 The global media 10.2 National Media with global approach 10.3 Regional and local media with glocal content 10.4 Glocal, but journalism 10.5 The rescue of the miners of Chile. A local story turned into planetary
Learning activities and methodology
- Master Classes - Reading - Development a local newspaper
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 30
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 70
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Harte, D., Howells, R. y Williams, A.. Hyperlocal journalism. The decline of local newspapers and the rise of online community news. London: Routledge. 2019
  • Abernathy, Penelope M. . Saving Community Journalism. The Path to Profitability. North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press. (2014)
  • Aldridge, Meryl. Understanding the Local Media. New York: Open University Press ¿ McGraw-Hill.. 2007
  • Alexander, Jeffrey C., Breese, Elizabeth Butler and Luengo, María (Eds.). The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered. Democratic Culture, Professional Codes, Digital Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.. 2016
  • Clayton Powell, Adam . Reinventing Local News. Connecting Communities through New Technologies. Los Angeles: Figueroa Press.. 2005
  • Franklin, Bob. Local Journalism and Local Media. London: Routledge. 2006
  • Fuller, Linda K. The Power of Global Community Media. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. 2007
  • Harcup, Tony. Alternative Journalism, Alternative Voices. London: Routledge. 2013
  • McChesney, Robert W. and Pickard, Victor . Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights. The Collapse of Journalism and What Can Be Done to Fix It. . New York: The New Press.. 2011
  • Nielsen, Rasmus K.. Local Journalism. The Decline of Newspapers and the Rise of Digital Media.. London: I.B. Tauris. 2015
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