Feature Lab 


At the end of the course unit the student is expected to have developed knowledge, skills and competences to:
1) identify, create and conceptualize stories within the scope of "feature journalism";
2) write feature stories and other genres, such as backgrounders, profiles, human-interest or trend stories, and dossiers, for the press (print and online);
3) identify emerging narrative models common to these genres;
4) choose the most appropriate formats to tell a story in a digital environment.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Pedro Manuel Rouxinol Samina Coelho


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





Bradshaw, P. (2017). The online journalism handbook. Routledge.
Coelho, P.; Reis, A. Bonixe, L. (2021). Manual de Reportagem. Labcom Books
Cox, J. (2020). Feature Writing and Reporting. SAGE.
Itule, B.; Anderson, D. (2007) News Writing & Reporting. McGraw-Hill.
Ricardo, D. (2010). Ainda Bem que me Pergunta. Manual de Escrita Jornalística. Editorial Notícias

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Teaching method

The teaching method privileges the laboratory component.

Evaluation method

Continuous Assessment - Development of a profile (40%), Development of a reportage (30%), Work in the laboratory (30%)

Subject matter

1. Feature journalism or the journalism made of stories
1.1 Finding, conceptualizing and developing good stories in print and digital environments
1.2. Writing for the digital environment
1.3. Narrative trends
2. The reportage: characteristics and types of reportage
2.1 Techniques and practice of the essential elements of a reportage
2.2 Development of a reportage
3. The profile: characteristics and essential elements
3.1 Preparation of the script
3.2 Development of a profile
4. Other story formats: analysis and explanatory articles, human interest and trend stories