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Id.: 31438
Programme: GRADUADO EN PERIODISMO. PLAN 2013 (BOE 10/07/2013)
Subject type: OBLIGATORIA
Year: 3 Teaching period: Segundo Cuatrimestre
Credits: 3 Total hours: 75
Classroom activities: 34 Individual study: 41
Main teaching language: Inglés Secondary teaching language: Inglés
Lecturer: Email:


The aim of this subject is to learn how to write news pieces in English including headlines, leads, nut graphs and the rest of the article. Different structures of the news story will be analyzed as well as the appropriate language for writing news in English. Students will become familiar with the tools needed to correctly develop a story from beginning to end. They will learn news writing style and the main parts of a news story and its news style.


General programme competences G01 Capacidad de análisis y síntesis
G03 Capacidad de organización y planificación
G05 Uso de las tecnologías de la Información
G06 Conocimiento de un idioma extranjero
G07 Trabajo en equipo
G08 Habilidades interpersonales
G09 Compromiso ético
G10 Capacidad de trabajar en un contexto internacional
Specific programme competences E02 Capacidad para leer y analizar textos y documentos especializados de cualquier tema relevante y saber resumirlos o adaptarlos mediante un lenguaje o léxico comprensible para un público mayoritario
E04 Capacidad y habilidad para buscar, seleccionar y jerarquizar cualquier tipo de fuente o documento (escrito, sonoro, visual, etc.) de utilidad para la elaboración y procesamiento de información, así como para su aprovechamiento comunicativo persuasivo o de ficción y entretenimiento
E05 Capacidad básica para comprender la producción informativa o comunicativa, escrita o audiovisual, en inglés estándar
E08 Capacidad y habilidad para utilizar las tecnologías y técnicas informativas y comunicativas, en los distintos medios o sistemas mediáticos combinados e interactivos (multimedia)
E10 Capacidad y habilidad para el desempeño de las principales tareas periodísticas
E17 Capacidad para entender y analizar la realidad socio comunicativa de la Comunidad Autónoma (estructura, políticas y funcionamiento) en el contexto español, europeo y mundial
E25 Capacidad de definir temas de investigación que puedan contribuir al conocimiento, avance y debate de la información y la comunicación, así como de exponer de forma adecuada los resultados de una investigación de manera oral, escrita, audiovisual o digital
Learning outcomes R01 Write headlines and leads in English.
R02 Apply the AP style rules to articles written in English.
R03 Correctly use English grammar rules in writing news stories.
R04 Use language of news correctly in writing articles in English.
R05 Write a complete news article in English.


It is highly recommended to have passed Journallism I and II as well as Newswriting and Reporting I.


Subject contents:

1 - Introduction / Presentation
2 - AP Style
    2.1 - Abbreviations
    2.2 - Capitalization
    2.3 - Numerals
    2.4 - Time
    2.5 - Titles, Spelling and Punctuation
    2.6 - AP Style Review
    2.7 - AP Style Test
3 - Newswriting Style
    3.1 - Prewriting
    3.2 - Simplify Your Writing
    3.3 - Remaining Objective
    3.4 - Checklist for Editing Newswriting Style
    3.5 - News Story Structure
    3.6 - Twelve Elements of a Standard News Story
4 - Language of News
    4.1 - English in Use
    4.2 - Be Precise and Use Strong Verbs
    4.3 - Checklist for Language of News
    4.4 - Newswriting Style and Language of News Test

Subject planning could be modified due unforeseen circumstances (group performance, availability of resources, changes to academic calendar etc.) and should not, therefore, be considered to be definitive.


Teaching and learning methodologies and activities applied:

Teaching and learning methodologies and activities applied:

In order to develop the competences established for this subject, sessions are planned as follows:
Classes will be conducted exclusively in English. Students are expected to participate in class and
in all class-related activities in English. Although this may be difficult for students at the
beginning of the course, their linguistic competences will improve rapidly.

Practical Classes
Many class activities will be conducted in pairs and groups in the format of problem solving
exercises, debates, project preparation, problem solving, simulations etc. This methodology
enables maximum student participation and talking time in class. It also promotes cooperative
learning and meaningful interaction between students, and the development of professional

During lectures, where the lecturer will explain concepts orally with technological support,
students will also participate with questions and there will be follow up exercises and tasks to
apply and practice new concepts. Selected theoretical classes will be given by students.

During these sessions, students can ask questions, clarify concepts, ask for additional
bibliography either face to face or electronically. Some tutorial time will be devoted to assistance
with group work, especially with preparation for expert group presentations.

Self Study
Students are expected to complete weekly tasks uploaded on the PDU.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated, neither will the use of Google translator or any other automatic
translator. If the professor catches a student plagiarizing or using an automatic translator for
written assignments, the assignments will be automatically given a zero.

Student work load:

Teaching mode Teaching methods Estimated hours
Classroom activities
Master classes 8
Practical exercises 14
Practical work, exercises, problem-solving etc. 6
Assessment activities 4
Extra-curricular activities (visits, conferences, etc.) 2
Individual study
Tutorials 4
Individual study 22
Individual coursework preparation 8
Compulsory reading 4
Recommended reading 3
Total hours: 75


Calculation of final mark:

Written tests: 30 %
Final exam: 30 %
Final project: 30 %
Current News Tests: 10 %
TOTAL 100 %

*Las observaciones específicas sobre el sistema de evaluación serán comunicadas por escrito a los alumnos al inicio de la materia.


Basic bibliography:

AP PRESS, The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law 2009, Basic Books, Philadelphia,2009
BENDER, John, Reporting for the Media, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009
HARROWER, Tim, Inside Reporting, McGraw Hill, Boston, 2007
RICH, Carloe, Writing and Reporting News, Wadsworth, Boston, 2010

Recommended bibliography:

EVANS, Harold, Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers, Pimlico, London, 2000
GIBBS, Cheryl. Getting the Whole Story. Reporting and Writing the News. New York: Guilford Press, 2002
RUDIN, Richard. An Introduction to Journalism. Focal Press. 2003.
SCHWARTZ, Jerry. Associated Press Reporting Handbook. McGraw Hill Professional. 2001.

Recommended websites:

AP Press
New York Times
The Guardian
USA Today
Inside Reporting
The Poynter Institute
Washington Post

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