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Journalistic Genres

Code 11735
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Communication Sciences
Entry requirements None
Mode of delivery Face to face
Learning outcomes Differentiate and know the origin of the main journalistic genres.
Master journalistic writting in several journalistic genres.
Apply the writting skills acquired to the different media.


1. Master the main skills of journalistic writting.
2. Know and identify the origin of the main journalistic genres.
3. Classify journalistic outputs according to their genre.
4. Apply the writting skills to the several media: press, web, radio, and tv.
Syllabus 1. Journalism and news: the hard news..
2. Gathering information: sources, ethics; and how to 'interview' (do's and dont's).
3. Journalistic writing. Writting thechniques for the press.
4. Origin of the journalistic genres.
5. The main journalistic genres:
5.1. News
5.2. Editorial
5.3. Report
5.4. Opinion
5.5. Chronicle
5.6. Interview
5.7. Fait-divers
6. Criteria for classifying the journalistic genres.
7. Exercises.
Main Bibliography Araújo, Domingos Silva, 1988, Vamos falar de Jornalismo, Direcção-Geral da Comunicação Social, Lisboa.
Beltrão, Luís, 1980, Jornalismo Opinativo, Ed. Sulina, Porto Alegre, Brasil.
Boucher, Jean-Dominique, 1994, A Reportagem Escrita, col. Técnicas da Jornalismo, Editorial Inquérito, Mem Martins.
Cardet, Ricardo, sd, Manual de Jornalismo, col. Nosso Mundo, Editorial Caminho, Lisboa.
Gradim, Anabela, 2000, Manual de Jornalismo – o Livro de Estilo do Urbi, col. Estudos em Comunicação, Covilhã.
Kovach, Bill, & Rosenstiel, Tom, The Elements of Journalism – What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect, 2001, Three Rivers Press, New York.
Piedrahita, Manuel, 1993, Periodismo Moderno - Historia, Perspectivas y Tendencias, Editorial Paraninfo, Madrid.
Ricardo, Daniel, 1989, Manual do Jornalista,44 Edições “O Jornal”, Publicações Projornal, Lisboa.
Ricardo, Daniel, 2003, Ainda bem que me pergunta – manual de escrita jornalística, Editorial Notícias, Lisboa.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Students who obtain 10 or more values are considered approved. Students with a grade of 6 or higher are given a "frequency". The course grade for students who opt for continuous assessment is broken down as follows: Testing - 16 values. Participation in exercises, individual and group work - 4 values.
Rules for improvement of grade: In improvement, the grade of the exam is average with the classification of the continuous evaluation, if it is lower than this, until a minimum limit of 10 values. If the student obtains a higher grade than continuous assessment, the exam classification will replace that of the continuous assessment.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-01-06

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