Audio Journalism Lab


1. Grasping the specifics of sound journalism without losing focus on the essence - journalism itself;
2. Knowing reporting and the distinctive elements that characterize it;
3. Understanding the importance and role of sound in structuring the reporting;
4. Electing sound as the anchor element of the reporting, understanding the specific role of the text (its formal and informative requirements), in articulation with the other structuring elements of the reporting - pieces of interviews, music, silence - also assessing the specific role of each of them;
5. Editing sound reporting using available audio editing programs;
6. Learning how to convey the message effectively, correcting diction errors, projecting the voice;
7. At the end of the semester, students should be able to present a 5-minute sound news report that faithfully uses the elements that structure it.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Pedro Manuel Rouxinol Samina Coelho


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





MARTINS, Paulo; COELHO, Pedro; ABECASIS, Teresa; SOARES, Dina; MARINHO, Sandra. 2020. Livro de Estilo REC. Ebook, julho, 2020, 1ª edição, disponível em
Oliveira, Madalena, Santos, Francisco Sena, Kellen, Miguel Van-der (2021) O Som: 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. 147-161
MINKOV, Mikhail, Jornalismo Radiofónico, OIJ, 1983.

Teaching method


Student participation will be promoted through the prior recommendation of bibliography and sound reports that will be discussed in class. Students' critical thinking will be valued through permanent discussion, either centered on critical listening to distinctive Portuguese and foreign sound reportage, or on critical analysis of the students' assignments. In monitoring the students' work, the laboratory dynamic of trial and error is valued.

NOTE 1: This course will be taught in articulation with the LabCC. Students will be trained in sound capture and editing by the LabCC.

NOTE 2: Students will work in groups of two, except in the case of students with special needs (including Erasmus), who may be the third member of a group of two. All assignments will be presented and discussed in class and the assessment of the work will take into account the performance of each member of the group.

Evaluation method


Being LJA a continuous assessment course, attendance and participation are distinctive values that can raise or lower a student's final average. Students who attend less than 75% of classes will be penalized at least one point in their final average. The teacher will take roll call at the beginning of each class, recording attendance and absences.
Assignments to be delivered throughout the semester:
News story - 10%
Short Reportage - 25%
Critical analysis of a sound report - 15% (presentation in class)
Final reportage - 50% (monitoring throughout the semester, presentation, and discussion in class).

Subject matter


This curricular unit aims to introduce students to the specificities of journalistic work on sound platforms, so that they are able to:
Understand the specificities of audio journalism without losing focus on its essence - journalism itself;
2. Distinguish reportage and the distinctive elements that characterize it;
3. Understand the requirements of sound platforms and the role sound plays in structuring journalistic narratives;
4. Understand the specific role of the text (and its formal requirements) in articulation with the other elements of the audio journalistic narrative: sounds, speech, music, silence, and also assesing the specific role of each of them;
5. Edit a sound report using the editing programs available at the LabCC;
6. Learning to convey a message effectively, correcting diction errors and projecting the voice;
7. Present a 5-7 minute report in which all the knowledge acquired throughout the semester is applied thus showing their progress.

1. Sound journalistic genres;
2. The specific nature of sound reportage;
3. Sound as the essence of the reportage and its articulation with the other anchor elements of the radio journalistic narrative - text and speech - with secondary elements such as music and silence;
4. Journalistic writing for sound platforms;
5. The clarity of the audio message: diction; voice projection; intonation and journalistic rhythm;
6. Editing sound reportage.