Specialised Journalism I


By the end of this course, students will be able:
1.To make an interconnection between thought and action in the journalism field, in order to defend a unique journalism;
2.To make a distinction between journalism and other communication languages, understanding his social role and journalist´s mission;
3.To understand market driven journalism effects, and the path to overcome his constraints;
4. To reflect on the necessity of emerging a superior journalism status;
5.To reflect on long journalistic TV formats, and on investigative television aproches;
6.To reflect on the distinctive features which determine investigative reporter´s profile

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Christiana Alves de Paula Martins Rocha


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



Not applicable


AULETTA, Ken, 2003, Backstory, inside the business of news, Penguin Books.
CAGÉ, Julia, 2016, Saving the Media, Cambridge, London, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
COELHO, Pedro, 2015, \"A Investigação Jornalística em TV..., in SERRA, Paulo, SÁ, Sónia, WASHINGTON, Sousa Filho (orgs), A Televisão Ubíqua, Livros Labcom, disponível em http://www.livroslabcom.ubi.pt/book/136.
COELHO, Pedro, 2015, Jornalismo e Mercado, os novos desafios colocados à formação, Livros Labcom, disponível em http://www.livroslabcom.ubi.pt/book/131.
GELLHORN, Martha, 2006, A Face da Guerra, Dom Quixote.
PILGER, John (org,), 2004, Tell me no Lies, investigative journalism and its triumphs, Vintage Books.
RANDALL, 2016, The Universal Journalist, (5th edition), Pluto Press.
STARKMAN, Dean, 2014, The Watchdog That Didn´t Bark, the financial crisis and the disappearance of investigative journalism, New York, Columbia University Press.
VÁRIOS, 2006, The Granta Book of Reportage, Granta Publications, UK.

Teaching method

This seminar´s focus is reportage - as a noble journalistic genre, and we´ll intend to study it developing a critical viewing exercise of some reportages published in different plataforms. Following this method, we intend to deconstruct - piece by piece - the entire narrative. In paralel, students go to action in order to create investigative contents of their own.
This seminar is mainly theoretical, using investigative journalism as his core.

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

1. Fostering permanet questioning in what makes reportage a disctinctive genre;
2. Understanding the entire conceptual frame linked with investigative journalism, including the specific profile that defines investigative reporter;
3.Studing investigative journalistic practices on TV and its specificities;
4.Students must be ready for action on the ground;
5. A deep questioning on principles that frame journalism;
6.Understanding the basic tecnical concepts in order to achieve a superior journalism status.


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