Contemporary Issues in Journalism


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 dos Santos Silva


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

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

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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