Checking date: 20/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Interpretative and investigative reporting
Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Humanities Studies (2013 Study Plan) (Plan: 305 - Estudio: 282)

Coordinating teacher: MACIA BARBER, CARLOS

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)
Media Theory Writing and communication skills News Reporting Theory and analysis of the documentary film Radio Journalism Television Journalism Online Journalism Media Desing
It develop both creative and research capacities of future journalist. Not in vain the story is the genus star from journalism, which makes the journalist mark, as is the genus compendium of all the possibilities of deepening thematic and inquiry of narrative styles and resources. Will be promoted: - The ability to develop journalistic accounts of complex development. - Knowledge of the resources, processes and practices of access to sources. Understanding of the figure of the reporter as a mediator between the events of general interest and the public from the principle of non-interference value, the contribution of relevant and verified information. - Group work to enrich the searches required in the information process and to decide the best tracks and sources appropriate to the motif of the story.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
- In-depth report. Paradigm of journalistic report. - Origins,characteristics and typologyof the report. - Authorship. Freedom of style and structure of the report without prejudice to the factual truth. - Topics: everything that happens in the world and affects people. - Useful data in reporting. - A matter of research. Diversity of sources for the truth testing necessary to the journalistic reporting. - Indispensable exercise: the data fact-cheking. - A genre adaptable to any media support. Transmedia reporting. - Structure and narrative techniques of reporting. - Ethics versus manipulation and ideological prejudices.
Learning activities and methodology
Combining theoretical and practical sessions. The theoretical sessions will aim to help the student recognise and understand the concepts on which the journalistic task is based upon. The various practical sessions will consist of readings, analysis, viewing of videos, case studies, processing and elaboration of information, individual and group presentations on topics to be determined throughout the year,etc. They will aim to develop as far as possible the journalistic reasoning to recognise the news event and evaluate its features. Case studies will include the preparation of reports, in response to the morphology of the journalistic story as to the processes of search and access to sources. To culminate in a final work of collection and translation of the skills acquired session for analysis in class of examples will be devoted to take into account. The teacher tutorizará the work of the student throughout the course, attending a: Choice of the theme of topical and of interest. The search of the most convenient sources. Preparation and drafting of the report in response to the characteristics of the chosen support. Therefore, class, and especially the practices, attendance is not only compulsory, but essential to understanding the practice as an assistance to the announcements that make the companions to the recordings, interviews, photographic, videographic or quotes for drafting the different stages of the story. It will require the presentation of at least 80 of responsible work in the quarter and delivered after the deadline or copied from Internet reports will not be accepted. The use of Generative Artificial Intelligence by students is not allowed in continuous assessment practices and in individual assignments.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • ALEXIEVICH, Svetlana. Chernobyl prayer. A chronicle of the future. New York: Penguin. 2017
  • BLY, Nelly. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings. New York: Penguin. 2014
  • BOWDEN, Mark. Black Hawk down: A story of modern war. New York: Grove Press. 2010
  • HERR, Michael. Dispatches. New York: Picador Classics. 2015
  • HERSEY, John. Hiroshima. New York: Penguin. 2015
  • LONDRES, Albert. The wandering Jew has arrived. Jerusalem/New York: Gefen Books. 2017
  • MAILER, Norman. The armies of the night. New York: Plume. 1994
  • RIIS, Jacob A.. How the other half lives. New York: Penguin. 1997
  • TALESE, Gay. Honor thy father. New York: Harper Perennial. 2009
  • THOMPSON, Hunter S.. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. New York: Harper Perennial. 2014
  • WOLFE, Tom. The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby. New York: Picador. 2009
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • BROOKS, Brian S.,et al. News Reporting and Writing . Bedford (Boston): St. Martin's Press. 2008
  • KEIR,G.; MCCOMBS, M.; SHAW, D. L.. Advanced Reporting. Beyond News Events. Longman. 1986
  • SINCLAIR, U. The Jungle. New American Library. 1988
  • TALESE, Gay. High Notes: Selected Writings of Gay Talese. New York: Bloomsbury. 2017
  • ULLMANN, John; COLBERT, Jan (Ed.). The Reporter's Handbook, An Investigator's Guide to Documents and Techniques. St. Martin Press. 1991
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.