The course aims at improving the students’ ability to analyze and produce a journalistic piece in its different forms, be it a written text (print / on-line version) or an instance of broadcast journalism. The students will be shown how to identify and reproduce the stylistic and textual features of journalistic texts, bearing in mind the cultural-ideological background against which a report, a feature or a commentary is set.
Entry level required: C1 (advanced), according to the European framework.
History of journalism: the basics
Writing news reports
Writing feature articles
Commentaries and editorials
Writing commentaries and editorials
Ideology in journalism
Teaching methodology: Lectures, tutorials, seminars and practice sessions.
Boyd, Andrew, (2001) 5th ed. Broadcast Journalism: Techniques of Radio and Television News, Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Harris, Geoffrey and David Spark (1997) 3rd ed. Practical Newspaper Reporting (edited, with additional material, by F. W. Hodgson), Oxford: Focal Press.
Hennessy, Brendan (2006) 4th ed. Writing Feature Articles, Oxford: Focal Press.
Quinn, Stephen (2001) Digital Sub-editing and Design, Oxford: Focal Press.
Welsh, Tom, Walter Greenwood and David Banks (2007) 19th ed. McNae’ Essential Law for Journalists, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Further texts will be handed out during the lessons.
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