Visual Journalism Lab


1. Meet the journalistic demands of the visual platform, without losing focus on the essence - journalism itself;
2. Distinguish visual reporting from news and news with reactions;
3.To elect the image as the structuring element of the narrative, articulating, from this anchor element, the relationship with the others - text, sound, interview pieces, graphics and music;
4. Produce contents that respect the harmony, avoiding formal unbalances that may impair the decoding
5. Collect images and edit news, news with reactions and small reports, respecting the rules of classical editing and using the editing programs available in LABCC, which will support the collection and editing;
6. Learn to convey the message effectively: diction and voice projection;
7. Apprehend the journalistic universe of photography: capturing, editing and the specificity of the journalistic genres.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Pedro Manuel Rouxinol Samina Coelho


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





  • Barata-Feyo, J.M. (2006) (org). Grande Reportagem. Dafundo: Oficina do Livro.
  • Coelho, Pedro (2021) "A Imagem: Elemento Âncora da Reportagem", in Coelho Pedro, Reis, Ana Isabel, Bonixe, Luís, org. (2021) Manual de Reportagem REC, Covilhã. Livros LabCom. Col. Livros de Comunicação, p 163-185.
  • Creeber, Glen (2001) (org). The Television Genre Book. London: BFI Publishing.
  • Martins, Paulo, Coelho, Pedro, Abecasis, Teresa, Soares, Dina e Marinho, Sandra (2020) Livro de Estilo REC. REC. Lisboa. Ebook
  • Remnick, David (2007). (org). Reporting, writings from the New Yorker. London: Picador.

Teaching method

Expositive method articulated with critical discussion of examples.
The collection and editing of images is always done in groups of two students. In the final work, the collection is joint, but each of the students has to, from the same images, edit a different work.

Evaluation method

Continuous Assessment - Editing of a non-journalistic visual narrative from the capture made by the students + photographic narrative on the same theme (slide show with captions) (20%) and Editing of a news report with reactions (moving images) from the capture made by the students + editing of 5 photographs captured by the students on the same theme (20%)(40%), Edition of a small news report (moving images - 2 minutes maximum), from the capture made by the students + editing of 5 photographs captured by the students, on the same theme (20%), Final work - a 3-5 minutes reporting + photographic reporting on the same theme (slide show presentation with captions)(40%)

Subject matter

1. The journalistic power of the image and the specificity of journalistic action on visual platforms;
2. Visual journalistic genres: the news; the interview; the news with reactions and reportaging;
3.Visual reporting: the role of the elements that structure it (image, letting the story breathe, text, interview pieces, sounds, graphics and music);
4. Visual reporting: the concept of harmony and articulation between the structuring elements;
4. The visual reportage: the concept of harmony and articulation between the structuring elements;
5. Techniques for capturing and editing visual journalism: the classical edition (journalistic edition);
6. Journalistic communication in the visual universe: the journalist's voice - diction and projection;
7. The universe of journalistic photography: capture and editing;
8.Journalistic genres and photojournalist's role.