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Id.: 31437
Programme: GRADUADO EN PERIODISMO. PLAN 2013 (BOE 10/07/2013)
Subject type: OBLIGATORIA
Year: 3 Teaching period: Primer Cuatrimestre
Credits: 3 Total hours: 75
Classroom activities: 12 Individual study: 63
Main teaching language: Inglés Secondary teaching language: Inglés
Lecturer: Email:


The aim of this subject is to learn the skills required of journalists to investigate and cover news. The students will learn the process of creating a news story from beginning to end. They will learn to find the focus/ angle of the story and to create a structure around the axis of the story. Students will study the characteristics and attributes of news in order to take the proper steps required to write one. Techniques to obtain information through sources will be studied as well as the correct way to attribute quotes.


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 Carry out an interview with a source in order to write a news piece.
R02 Correctly use sources and attribution.
R03 Construct a news piece with the main parts of a news story based on the characteristics of that story and the audience of the news outlet.
R04 Cover different types of news and be organized to cover a regular beat.
R05 Know the techniques required of a journalist to find information and investigate sources and documentation to be able to write a complete news story.


It is highly recommended to have previously passed Journalism I and II.


Subject contents:

1 - Presentation/Introduction
2 - Interviews/quotes/attribution
    2.1 - Interviewing
    2.2 - Quotations and Attribution
3 - Newswriting Basics
    3.1 - Inverted Pyramid, story format and the 5 Ws
    3.1 - Headlines
4 - Writing Leads
    4.1 - Basic News Leads
    4.2 - Lead writing checklist/review
5 - Covering the News
    5.1 - Covering a beat
    5.2 - Covering accidents/disasters
    5.3 - Covering sports
    5.4 - Covering conflict
    5.5 - Covering crime and courts
    5.6 - Covering speeches and politics
6 - Holiday
7 - Exam Period
8 - Review

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:

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 competences.

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
Other practical activities 12
Individual study
Individual study 14
Individual coursework preparation 14
Research work 14
Compulsory reading 6
Recommended reading 5
Portfolio 5
Other individual study activities 5
Total hours: 75


Calculation of final mark:

Q/A interview: 25 %
International news piece: 25 %
Sports news story: 25 %
Film review: 25 %
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
RUDIN, Richard. An introduction to journalism : essential techniques and background knowledge. Oxford: Focal Press, Oxford, 2002

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.
MURPHY, Raymond, English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004.
QUINN, Frances. Law For Journalists. Longman. 2009.
RUDIN, Richard. An Introduction to Journalism. Focal Press. 2003
SISSONS, Helen. Practical journalism : how to write news. Sage, London, 2006.
HARROWER, Tim, Inside Reporting, McGraw Hill, Boston, 2007

Recommended websites:

Associated Press
New York TImes
The Washington Post
USA Today

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