Class Journalistic Composition

  • Presentation


    This curricular unit aims to function as a theoretical-practical introduction to the practice of journalism, providing a general overview of the contexts (social and organizational) of the profession and the requirements (technical and human) required of professionals.

    Providing students with a critical perspective on what the media currently conveys and on the reality "told" in it, on the one hand, and providing them with the technical equipment used in the journalistic style, on the other, are the main objectives of this discipline. Observing, researching, analysing, reporting and writing will be the predominant activities throughout the course.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1 .Journalism and Society. Introduction to the practice of the profession.


    1.1 Profession: journalist. Identity and professional framework. The “fourth power” and contemporary democracy.

    1.2 Ethics and deontology in the era of cross-border communication. Social responsibility, protection of sources, confirmation of facts, data crossing, speculation, rumor.

    1.3 The journalistic company. Organization and functioning of the newsroom.

    1.4 Stages of journalistic activity. Constraints.


    2. Values and Journalistic Writing.


    2.1. Newsworthiness values and criteria.

    2.2. Sources and data.

    2.3. Techniques for constructing journalistic texts: observation and research; report, edit and write accurately; narration and description: writing strategies and “story telling”; opening and closing; inverted pyramid; editing: review, leads, titles, subtitles, highlights and subtitles.

    2.4. Journalistic genres. The news. The interview. The report. The profile. Chronicle and editorial.

  • Objectives


    This course aims to develop communication, attitude and journalistic writing skills in the student.


    At the end of the curricular unit, students should:


    1. Know the nature of journalism as a social phenomenon, the specificity of the journalistic profession, the productive routines, the organization and functioning of the newsroom, the diversity of the media and the consequent differences in the ways of being a journalist and in the conditioned context in which the journalist practice of the profession develops.

    2. Incorporate critical thinking in the face of the complexity of reality.

    3. Produce written texts, applying journalistic rules and criteria when writing news.

    4. Be able to quickly assimilate unfamiliar information and know how to ask questions about it.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Active teaching-learning methodologies will be used, such as the flipped classroom, among others, centered on the learner.

  • References


    CARDET, Ricardo (1980). Manual de Jornalismo. Lisboa: Caminho.

    CASCAIS, Fernando (2001). Dicionário de Jornalismo. Lisboa: Editorial Verbo.

    CORNU, Daniel (1999). Jornalismo e Verdade – Para uma Ética da Informação. Lisboa: Instituto Piaget.

    GRADIM, Anabela (2000). Manual de Jornalismo. Covilhã: Estudos em Comunicação/ Universidade da Beira interior.

    MAIA E CARMO, Teresa (2022). Comunicação Digital, Educação e Cidadania Global. Lisboa: Âncora Editora.

    MESQUITA, Mário (2004). O Quarto Equívoco. O Poder dos Media na Sociedade Contemporânea. Coimbra: Minerva.

    PÚBLICO (2005). Livro de Estilo. Lisboa: Ed. O Público.

    RAIMUNDO, Orlando (2005). A Entrevista no Jornalismo Contemporâneo. Coimbra: Minerva.

    RICARDO, Daniel (2010). Ainda Bem que me Pergunta. Lisboa: Casa das Letras.

    TRAQUINA, Nelson (2002). Jornalismo, Colecção “O que é”. Lisboa: Quimera Editores.

    VEGAR, José (2001). Reportagem – Uma Antologia. Lisboa: Assírio e Alvim.

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