Checking date: 28/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Mobile and Interactive Narratives
Master in Documentary and Journalistic Transmedia Reportage (Plan: 321 - Estudio: 289)


Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
The subjects that are taught during the first semester of the master.
The web offers countless opportunities for the production and distribution of content. The reportage and documentary find in it a suitable place to generate new creative dynamics of interrelation with the receiver. In addition, it offers the possibility for the author-scriptwriter himself to become a producer of his own projects. In the digital age, the integration of the public in the very process of creation, production and dissemination of content forces us to review the evolution of the relationship between the medium and audience-users. Knowing the origins of this media logic will allow the student to understand the limits and possibilities of the new interactive formulas present in current audiovisual practices. Likewise, the growing prominence of mobile devices poses a challenge for the formulation of innovative narratives and the development of their own language that adapts to the new socio-technological context. From the theoretical knowledge acquired throughout the first sessions, the student will be able to generate proposals of an experimental nature in which the generation of interactive and immersive materials acquires a special role.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
UNIT I: Experimental narratives and co-creation a.- The challenge of new media b.- From the viewer to the user c.- Creativity and transmedia experimentation d.- Digital narrative UNIT II: The mobile as a generator of interactive experiences a.- Creation of digital content for mobile phones with Canva. Covers, videos and stories or derivatives b.- Criteria for mobility design c.- Distribution and monitoring of content d.- Introduction to the design of a campaign for Instagram: image of the site, stories, post, dating UNIT III: Mobile narratives in the digital age a.- Origins and evolution b.- Mojo: mobile and immersive journalism c.- Live streaming apps d.- Socio-cultural innovation from mobile devices UNIT IV: Production and distribution of journalistic content through mobile phones a.- Keys for the production of online journalistic content b.- Social networks and journalistic content: new formats and trends c.- How to present journalistic content on a social network: prototypes d.- Closing the design of an Instagram campaign UNIT V: Experiential and immersive strategies a.- Experiential audiovisual culture b.- Expanded journalism c.- Geolocation and positioning d.- AR, VR and 360 content
Learning activities and methodology
Traditional face-to-face classes. Case studies, project analysis and debates. Group development of an interactive experimental audiovisual project for mobile devices.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Elwes, C.. Installation and the Moving Image.. New York, London: Wallflower Press, Columbia University Press.. 2015
  • Fernández-Castrillo, C.. ¿Prácticas transmedia en la era del prosumidor: Hacia una definición del contenido generado por el usuario (CGU)¿. CIC Cuadernos de Información y Comunicación, Vol. 19, 53- 67.. 2014
  • Flatlandsmo, S. & Gynnild, A.. Project Siria: accuracy in immersive journalism.. En Uskali, T., Gynnild, A., Jones, S. y Sirkkunen, E., Immersive Journalism as Storytelling. Ethics, Production, and Design. 60-70. 2020
  • Goggin, G. & Hjorth, L. (eds.). The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media. . Nueva York y Londres: Routledge.. 2014
  • Hayden, M.. A Guide to Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).. Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.. 2019
  • Howe, J., Bajak, A., Kraft, D. & Wihbey, J.. Collaborative, Open, Mobile: A Thematic Exploration of Best Practices at the Forefront of Digital Journalism. SSRN 2017
  • IAB Spain. Estudio anual de video online IAB 2021. IAB. 2021
  • Jenkins, H.. Convergence culture. La cultura de la convergencia de los medios de comunicación. Barcelona: Paidós.. 2006
  • Kelling, C., Väätäjä, H., Kauhanen O., Karhu, J., Turunen, M., Lindqvist, V. & Ikonen, P.. The hierarchy of needs for user experiences in virtual reality.. En Uskali, T., Gynnild, A., Jones, S. y Sirkkunen, E., Immersive Journalism as Storytelling. Ethics, Production, and Design. 123-136.. 2020
  • Lancaster, K.. Video Journalism for the Web: A Practical Introduction to Documentary Storytelling.. New York: Routledge.. 2012
  • León, Bienvenido. Dirección de documentales para televisión: guía, producción y realización. EUNSA. 2009
  • Nichols, Bill. La representación de la realidad: Cuestiones y conceptos sobre el documental . Paidós. 1997
  • Perreault, G. & Stanfield, K.. Mobile Journalism as Lifestyle Journalism?. En Journalism Practice, 13(3), 331-348.. 2019
  • Ribeiro Rodrigues, L. P., Baldi, V. & De Castro Oliveira Simões, G.. Mobile Journalism: the emergence of a new field of Journalism.. En Brazilian Journalism Research, 17(2), 280-305.. 2021
  • Staschen, B. & Vellinga, W.. Mobile Storytelling: A journalist´s guide to the smartphone galaxy.. Independently published. 2018
  • Vilalta i Casas, Jaume. El reportero en acción. Noticia, reportaje y documental en televisión. Publicacions i Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona. 2007
  • Vázquez-Herrero J. & López-García X.. Immersive Journalism Through Mobile Devices: How Virtual Reality Apps Are Changing News Consumption.. En: Rocha Á., Correia A., Adeli H., Reis L. y Costanzo S. (eds.) Recent Advances in Information Systems and Technologies. WorldCIST 2017. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol. 571. Springer, Cham. 3-12.. 2017
  • Vázquez-Herrero, J., Direito-Rebollal, S. & López-García, X.. Ephemeral Journalism: News Distribution Through Instagram Stories.. En Social Media + Society, Oct-Dic., 1-13.. 2019
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Bogost, I., Ferrari, S. & Schweizer, B.. Newsgames: Journalism at Play. MIT Press. 2010
  • Bogost, Ian; Ferrari, Simon & Schweizer, Bobby. Newsgames: Journalism at Play. MIT Press. 2010
  • Burum, I.. MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook: How to Make Broadcast Videos with an iPhone or iPad.. London: Taylor & Francis.. 2015
  • Carrera, P.. Basado en hechos reales. Mitologías mediáticas e imaginario digital.. Madrid: Cátedra.. 2020
  • Carrera, P.; Talens, J.. El relato documental. Cátedra. 2018
  • Farman, J. (ed.). The Mobile Story. Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies.. Nueva York y Londres: Routledge.. 2014
  • Fernández Castrillo, C. & García Sahagún, M.. Juegos de realidad alternativa (ARG) y transmedialidad: cómo generar engagement en un ecosistema urbano interconectado. Libro de Comunicaciones VIII. Congreso Internacional de la AE-IC. Comunicación y Ciudad Conectada. Barcelona: Asociación Española de Investigación de la Comunicación AE-IC, 2022, pp. 354-369 2022
  • Fernández-Castrillo, C.. Narrativa Audiovisual.. Madrid: Centro de Estudios Financieros.. 2011
  • Fundéu BBVA. Escribir en Internet. Guía para los nuevos medios y las redes sociales. Galaxia Gutemberg. 2012
  • Nafría, I. . La reinvención de The New York Times: Cómo la dama gris del periodismo se está adaptando (con éxito) a la era móvil.. Knight Foundation.. 2017
  • Nussbaumer Knaflic, C.. Storytelling con datos. Visualización de datos para profesionales. Anaya. 2017
(*) 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.

More information: