Class Economic Journalism

  • Presentation


    Students will acquire knowledge of economics, financial markets and business accounting that will enable them to prepare news and reports on these matters in simple and rigorous language. They also acquire critical skills to analyse information and numbers.

  • Code


  • Syllabus



    1. Mathematics for journalists.
      1. Critical analysis of numbers. Fundamental calculations: percentages and variations.
    2. Economic publications.
      1. Analysis of information.
    3. How the economy is measured.
      1. General concepts: production, employment and prices; the public accounts; relations with the outside world. GDP: concept, sources of information and news.
    4. Public accounts and the Fiscal Budget.
      1. Public revenue and expenditure. The State Budget. Public deficit and debt concepts.
    5. Unemployment and Inflation.
      1. Employment and unemployment. How it's measured: Statistics Employment Survey. Other sources of information.
      2. Prices: inflation and falling prices, causes and consequences. Information sources.
    6. Company accounts.
      1. Balance sheet and income statement.
    7. Financial markets.
      1. The equity and debt markets. Foreign exchange markets. Interest rates. The role of the ECB.
  • Objectives


    Students will learn the essential concepts to be able to understand the language used in macroeconomics, financial markets and companies in order to be able to comunicate in a simple but accurately language the data and information obtained from the economic, financial and business sources. It is intended that, with the acquired knowledge, the students interpret the language and the economic concepts to elaborate news about the economic conjuncture, the companies and the financial markets. They will also be able to detect errors of a technical nature in news and structure a work with several journalistic pieces.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Classes have a theoretical and a practical component wthe this sequence:
    1. Students are challenged to expose the economic news of the week, identifying the economic concepts and analyze its structure;
    2. Theoretical exposition of the concepts and information sources of the class topic;
    3. Preparation of news on the topic of the class and exercises to build the structure of journalistic files;
    4. Organization of individual journalistic work.
    The assessment is continuous and students can only miss one third of the sessions to remain in this regime. The final grade is the average weighted by the following elements and weights:
    1. Class evaluation (20%): a) Participation in the challenges launched in class; b) Writing news in class.
    2. Individual journalistic work to be developed throughout the semester (40%).
    3. Frequency (40%): individual exercise.
    Exams are an individual exercise.

  • References


    • Garcia, R., Rosa, M. J., & Barbosa, L. (2016). Pordata. Obtido de Que número é este? Um guia sobre estatísticas para jornalistas:
    • Martins, C. (2007). 30 anos de jornalismo económico em Portugal ¿ 1974-2004. Livros Horizonte.
    • Rio, R. d. (2004). Periodismo Económico y Financeiro. Editorial Sintesis.


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