Advanced English for Journalism (m) (2011/2012)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Roberta Facchinetti
Roberta Facchinetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 3, 2011 al Jan 27, 2012.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course aims at
(a) illustrating
- the main steps of the history of news-writing, from its early beginning to the present time of unmediated journalism,
- the features of the language of journalism;
(b) developing the ability to analyze and produce a journalistic piece in its different forms, be it a written text (print / on-line version) or a broadcast piece.


- English and the Media
- History of newspapers
- The ladder of publications
- Newspaper sections from past to present
- Text types
- News reports
- Sources in news reporting
- Features
- Commentaries
- Focus on headlines
- Subediting
- Broadcast journalism
- TV journalism
- Broadcast journalism
- Interviewing
- Freelancing
- Investigative journalism
- Media law
- Corpus linguistics applied to the language of journalism

All suggested texts and handbooks will be illustrated and discussed during the course.
The dedicated page (e-learning platform) will be regularly updated with materials and references.

Assessment methods and criteria

written exam.
NB: Students intending to take this exam are strongly advised to attend the lessons.


Students who do not attend the course have to study in detail the following references:

• Banks, David and Mark Hanna 2009. McNae’ Essential Law for Journalists, 20th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• Bell, Martin 2010. “The death of news”. British Journalism Review 21/1. 73-74
• Bown, Lesley and Ann Gawthorpe (2008) Teach Yourself. Writing for Magazines. London: Hachette Livre UK Company.
• Boyd, Andrew (2001) 5th ed. Broadcast Journalism: Techniques of Radio and Television News, Amsterdam: Elsevier.
• Brownlees, Nicholas (1999) Corantos and Newsbooks: Language and Discourse in the First English Newspapers (1620-1641). Edizioni ETS, Pisa.
• Chouliaraki, Lilie. 2010. “Self-mediation: New media and citizenship”. Critical Discourse Studies 7/4. 227-232.
• Clayman Steven and John Heritage (2002) The News Interview. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
• Conboy, Martin. 2010. The Language of Newspapers: Socio-Historical Perspectives. London: Continuum.
• Cotter, Colleen 2011. “Women's place at the Fourth Estate: Constraints on voice, text, and topic”, Journal of Pragmatics, Vol. 43/10, pp. 2519-2533.
• Craig, David. 2011. Excellence in Online Journalism. Exploring Current Practices in an Evolving Environment. London: SAGE.
• Deuze, Mark 2008. “Understanding journalism as newswork: How it changes, and how it remains the same”. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, University of Westminster, London, Vol. 5(2): 4-23.
• Devereux, Eoin. 2007. Understanding the Media. London: SAGE.
• Fries, Udo, Viviane Müller and Peter Schneider (eds.) (1997) From Ælfric to the New York Times. Studies in English Corpus Linguistics. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
• Hennessy, Brendan 2006. 4th ed. Writing Feature Articles. A Practical Guide to Methods and Markets. Oxford: Focal Press.
• Hoey, Michael 2001. Textual Interaction. An Introduction to Written Discourse Analysis. London, Routledge.
• Huls Erica and Jasper Varwijk 2011. “Political bias in TV interviews”. Discourse and Society 22(1): 48-65.
• Jucker, Andreas 1992. Social Stylistics, Syntactic Variation in British Newspapers. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
• Jucker, Andreas H. (1986) News Interviews: A Pragmalinguistic Analysis. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
• Lee Wright, Peter 2010. New Media, Old News. London: SAGE.
• Quinn, Stephen 2001. Digital Sub-editing and Design, Oxford: Focal Press.
• Reese, Stephen D., Lou Rutigliano, Kideuk Hyun and Jaekwan Jeong. 2007. “Mapping the blogosphere: Professional and citizen-based media in the global news arena”. Journalism 8/3. 235-261.
• Ungerer, Friedrich 2002. “When news stories are no longer stories: The emergence of the top-down structure in news reports in English newspapers”. In Andreas Fischer, Gunnel Tottie and Hans Martin Lehmann (eds.) Text Types and Corpora. Studies in Honour of Udo Fries, Gunter Narr: Tübingen, pp. 91-104.
• Van Dijk, Teun A. 1988. News as Discourse. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, London.
• Van Hout, Tom and Geert Jacobs. 2010. News production theory and practice: Fieldwork notes on power, interaction and agency. Pragmatics 18/1. 59-85.
• Williams, Kevin. 2010. Read All About It! A History of the British Newspaper. London, N.Y.: Routledge.

Moreover, in order to give the exam, non-attenders have to send the teacher 3 news reports, 3 features, 3 commentaries and 3 TV packages one week before the exam. The assessment of such texts will be integral part of the exam.

The exam for non-attenders will be structured as follows:
1) Written questions on the above-mentioned bibliographic references;
2) Writing of a journalistic piece;
3) Analysis of a journalistic piece and identification of its textual type.