Checking date: 10/09/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Opinion Journalism
Study: Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (283)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Communication

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
- Filosofía política - Derecho de la Información - Periodismo y Cambio Social en España - Periodismo Interpretativo - Información Periodística sobre Situaciones, Tendencias y Problemas Sociales
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Ability to argue about current events from rationality and justification of gross opinions. Learning about argumentative and rhetorical techniques to construct speeches of persuasive nature. Argument from the solvent knowledge of facts and data. Capacity for critical reviews of realities and analysis. Command of vocabulary and stylistic devices.
Description of contents: programme
ITEM 1. Defining opinion piece. 1.1. The function to interpret and comment on journalism. 1.2. Historical evolution: from the ideological journalism to the interpretive journalism. ITEM 2 . Inform and review . The role of information in the comment. 2.1. References journalistic and non-journalistic . 2.2. Sense of hanger today. 2.3. Arguing : consistency in the process of drawing a conclusion from certain facts. ITEM 3. Categories of opinion . Definition . Construction . Style . Degree . 3.1 . Editorial 3.2 . Commentary / Column . Argumentative styles . Literary devices . 3.3 . Review 3.4. Deep article. ITEM 4. Opinion, power and influence. 4.1 . Public opinion , public belief and opinion leadership . 4.2 . Opinion and influence in different media: press, radio, television and internet. 4.3 . Public participation in the review. 4.4 . The role of 2.0 journalism, popular journalism and socialized journalism. 4.5. Debates and discussions . The show factor . ITEM 5 Spanish commentators in Spanish journalism. 5.1 . Styles, techniques and resources. 5.2 . Great writers in the 19th and 20th Centuries. 5.3 . Current commentators in the press and media.
Learning activities and methodology
Combination of theoretical lessons (3 ECTS) and practical cases (3 ECTS). The first will be targeted in two ways: lectures and conceptual work by students from the guidelines decided in these classes and transmitted conceptual repertoires. They will be accompanied by reading articles and discussed their historical relevance. Practical cases studies will include: analysis of signed editorials and commentaries; oral presentations by the students and argued for group discussions; development of newspaper opinion pieces in its various forms.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Basic Bibliography
  • Agencia EFE. Manual de español urgente. Cátedra. 2004
  • Anderson, John Lee. La mirada del periodista. Asociación de la Prensa de Madrid. 2006
  • Cantavella, Juan y Serrano, Francisco (coords.). Redacción para periodistas: opinar y argumentar. Universitas. 2007
  • Casasús, Josep Maria. Artículos que dejaron huella. Ariel. 1998
  • EL PAIS. Libro de estilo de El Pais. EL País. 2002
  • Fernández Barrero, Ángeles. El editorial: un género abierto al debate. Comunicación Social Ediciones y Publicaciones. 2003
  • Kapuscinski, Ryszard. Los cinco sentidos del periodista. Fonde de Cultura Económica. 2003
  • Morán Torres, Esteban. Géneros del periodismo de opinión. Crítica, comentario, columna, editorial. EUNSA. 1988
  • Santamaría, Mª Luisa. El comentario periodístico. Los géneros persuasivos. Paraninfo. 1990

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.