Contemporary Issues in Journalism - 2nd semester


This curricular unit is dedicated to the presentation of the challenges that journalism is facing nowadays. In the end, students should be able to:
• recognize the main characteristics of the new media ecosystem;
• understand the impact of this new ecosystem on the definition of journalism, its routines and its relationship with society;
• understand the main contemporary issues in journalism.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Dora Santos Silva


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Anderson, C. W., Bell, E., & Shirky, C. (2012). Post-Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present. Columbia.
• Anderson, K. (2017). Beyond the article: frontiers of editorial and commercial innovation. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Oxford.
• Newman, N. (2016). Journalism, Media and Technology Trends and Predictions 2017. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Oxford.
• Pew Research Center. (2016). State of the News Media 2016. Washington.
• Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (2016). Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2016 - Tracking the Future of News. Oxford.
• Pavlik, J. V. (2013). Innovation and the Future of Journalism. Digital Journalism, 1(2), 181–193. doi:10.1080/21670811.2012.756666
• Santos Silva, D. (2016). Cultural Journalism in a Digital Environment: New Models, Practices and Possibilities. Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UT Austin | Portugal CoLab).

Teaching method

Classes include theoretical lectures, practical analysis of case-studies and collective discussion on contemporary issues in journalism.

Evaluation method

The evaluation consists of:
• an academic essay on one of the subjects discussed in class (40%);
• individual work presentation (30%);
• laboratory work and participation in collective discussion with oral and written contributions (30%).

Subject matter

• The new media ecosystem: from \"prosumers\" to fake news.
• Impact of technological, media and cultural convergence on journalism.
• Contemporary issues in journalism: new formats, new models and new possibilities.
• Innovation in media and entrepreneurial journalism: from product to business model.


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