General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Jorge Oter Gonzalez

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Aina Fernández Aragonés
Ariadna Vazquez Garcia 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan


Specific skills
  • E5_Design and make an audiovisual product (consisting of still or moving images), taking into account both its technical and artistic aspects, in all its components

  • E10_Apply processes, methods and techniques to develop creativity and innovation in audiovisual production, multimedia development and video game programming

  • E14_Acquire knowledge of the history, aesthetics, evolution and dynamics of cinema, television, radio, press, Internet and video games, how to recognize aesthetics through viewing and analysis

  • E17_Write journalistic pieces of different genres with their headline systems and express themselves correctly both in writing and orally


This subject represents an introduction to journalistic techniques of selection and contrast of information and journalistic writing, for its application in the audiovisual and multimedia fields.




1. Introduction to Journalism

1.1 Social situation of journalism and transformations in the communication sector
1.2 Journalism, current affairs and information
1.3 The journalist today

2. Sources of information and contrast

3. Journalistic ethics and code of ethics
3.1. Social function of journalism
3.2. Journalistic ethics and code of ethics
3.3 Journalistic institutions
3.4. Legal aspects

4. Journalistic genres

4.1 News writing techniques and journalistic language 
4.2 Style books
4.3 Journalistic genres 

4.3.1 The news
4.3.2 The interview
4.3.3 The report
4.3.4 The chronicle
4.3.5 The critique
4.3.6 The publisher

4.4 Image and Photojournalism
4.5 Data Journalism


5. Journalistic writing in digital media

5.1. Information society and journalism
5.2. Digital media

5.2.1 Writing for digital media
5.2.2 Information structure: stratification, multilevel writing
5.2.3 User behavior and usability

5.3 Journalism and social networks

6. Challenges and future of digital journalism

6.1 Journalism, participation and interactivity 
6.2 The challenge of quality
6.3 Journalism 3.0: the limits of citizen journalism 
6.4 New business models
6.5 Integrated writing



Evaluation system

Ordinary qualification 

The final grade is obtained from the following weighting of the partial grades: 

50% of the final grade associated with the Theoretical part (40% in the final exam and 10% in the oral exam).
40% of the final mark associated with the part of continuous evaluation of the subject (20% in the final project and 20% in the other practices of the subject).
10% of the final grade associated with the current test.

Minimum requirements: a minimum of 5 must be obtained in the theoretical part to be able to pass the subject. 

Recovery Exam 
Those people who have not passed the ordinary course qualification will be able to access the resit exam. However, the resit exam only allows you to retake the theoretical part of the course, the continuous assessment is not recoverable. Therefore, the note of the theoretical part must allow to obtain a final average of 5 in the global of the asignatura. 




Poitras, Laura (production and direction) (2014). Citizenfour [documentary]. USA, UK, Germany: Praxis Films, Participant Media, HBO. 

Aleksievich, Svetlana (2016). The Chernobyl prayer. Green Ray Editorial.

Sorkin, Aaron (producer) (2012). The NewsRoom [TV series]. USA: HBO. 

McCarthy, Tom (direction) (2015). Spotlight. USA: Anonymous Content. 

Ayestaran, Mikel (2018). The ashes of the caliphate. Peninsula. 


Politkovskaya, Anna (2007). Russian newspaper debate

Bernal Triviño, Ana Isabel (2014). Digital tools for journalists. UOC Publishing.

Cobo, Silvia (2012). Internet for journalists. UOC Publishing.

Gomis, Llorenç (2008). Theory of journalistic genres. UOC Publishing.

Tascón, Mario and others (2012). Write on the internet. Gutenberg Galaxy.

Pew Research Center, Journalism and Media:

Watkins, Peter (2017). The media crisis. Nuggets ed.

Kapuscinski, Ryszard (2005). Cynics are not fit for this job. anagram

Ramonet, Ignacio (2011). The explosion of journalism. Intellectual key.

BBC, Journalism Academy online:

Reig, Ramon (2015). Crisis of the system, crisis of journalism. structural context and desires for change. Gedisa

Nafría, Ismael (2017). The reinvention of The New York Times: How the gray lady of journalism is adapting (successfully) to the mobile era. Available at:

Aleksievitch, Svetlana (2015). War has no woman's face. Barcelona: Debate.