Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Journalese (Journalistic Language) I

Journalese (Journalistic Language) I
Second semester
Language proficiency
Lenguaje periodístico
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: Catalan

Teaching staff


Journalistic Language I is a 6 ECTS-credit subject taught during the 2nd semester of year one of the Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and contributes and forms the basis of Audiovisual Journalism’s academic curriculum. As a result, and together with other subjects taken in year one, this subject helps prepare students for the second year subject Television Communication.

The aim of this subject is to ensure that students acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills of journalistic language and, more specifically, audiovisual journalism. In this sense, Journalistic Language I introduces students to both the specific theoretical and practical characteristics of the elements that constitute the particular codes of audiovisual language, as well as the techniques and routines of newswriting.

This subject therefore provides students a theoretical background and enables them to experience the specific characteristics of audiovisual information and the day-to-day tasks of working in the news service of a television channel.

The subject also aims to ensure that students are capable of reflecting on the professional and social environment in which they will work and critically analysing  journalistic content. Journalistic Language I, in addition to the formal programme, will also introduce, in a cross-cutting manner, the topics and skills required to give future journalists comprehensive instruction.

Pre-course requirements

Students must have completed the subject Introduction to Audiovisual Language during the first semester of the Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.


  • To teach students about the importance of language use as an information tool.

  • To reflect on language, its origins, meaning (semiotics and semiology), poor usage and uncertainties, as well as the great potential of a correct, clear and precise style.


  • 02 CG - The ability to learn and act an autonomously and responsibly
  • 15 CE - Lingustic ability in Catalan, Spanish and English
  • 17 CE - The ability to produce spoken and written texts for journalistic projects

Learning outcomes

The objective is for students to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of how TV news is made, as well as a solid command of journalistic language in Catalan and Spanish.








Teaching and learning activities

In person

Lectures. In lectures, lecturers/professors not only transmit content or knowledge, but also, and above all else, attitudes, motivation, skills and values, etc. They also ensure that participants can express their opinions and arguments to the other students. 2,3
Coaching. Monitoring how students learn the content of the subject, either individually or in groups. In the coaching sessions, mistakes will be corrected, queries answered, and exercises and activities to achieve the established objectives will be suggested. 1,0
Focused Praxis. Handing in occasional exercises to learn theory through practice. 1,6
E-learning. Virtual learning based on ICT. 0,9
Practical workshop. A highly practical working activity, where students can acquire skills that are practical or also theoretical (intellectual skills, logical skills, critical skills, intellectual learning skills, study skills, quoting skills, etc). 1,2

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

In the first sitting, assessment is entirely ongoing and is based on the practical exercises that the students will complete during the sessions. Some will be individual, while other will be done in groups. The on-time submission of these practical exercises is mandatory and a prerequisite to receive a mark.

Attendance, participation and the online exercises proposed in the virtual classroom will also be taken into account in the ongoing assessment.

The subject may be divided into two sections, one for each of the lecturers who teach it:

  • General competences: 80% of the final mark (this part corresponds to: 20% Literature review; 20% Report on TV programme; 20% Tests on current events; 40% Practical sessions)

  • Mobile journalism: 20% of the final mark

Questionnaires about current events and television will be given regularly. Students will be required to answer questions about news events that happen during the semester and about subjects related to the news and news subjects. These questionnaires will also include issues related to the television world: audiences, programmes, presenters, etc.

In the second sitting, students will be required to take a 4-hour exam that includes a practical section corresponding to the practical sessions done during the course (50% of the final mark) and a theory exam (50% of the final mark).

From the third sitting onwards, students will be required to repeat the subject.

Bibliography and resources

Mandatory bibliography:

  • Altés Rufias, Elvira (2021): Dones a les ones. La història de la ràdio a Catalunya en la veu de les dones. Pagès Editors. Col·lecció: Monografies Nº 115

  • Bandrés, E.; García Avilés, J.A.; Pérez, G. i Pérez, J. (2000): El periodismo en la televisión digital. Barcelona: Paidós.

  • Casero, A. y Marzal, J. (coord.) (2011): Periodismo en televisión. Nuevos horizontes, nuevas tendencias. Edició impresa i edició e-book.

  • Hudson, G., & Rowlands, S. (2007): The broadcast journalism handbook. Harlow, England; New York: Pearson Longman.

  • Oliva, Llúcia i Sitjà, Xavier (2007): Las noticias en radio y televisión: periodismo audiovisual en el siglo XXI. Barcelona: Omega (5a. ed.).

  • Ortiz, M. A. y Pérez-Ornia, J. R. (2006): Claves para elaborar la información en radio y televisión. Madrid: Instituto Oficial de Radio y Televisión.

  • Randall, David; Crew, Jemma (2020): The Universal Journalist. 6th Edition. London: Pluto Press.

  • Vilalta Casas, J. (2006): El espíritu del reportaje. Edicions Universitat de Barcelona. 

  • Vilalta Casas, J. (2007): El reportero en acción. Edicions Universitat de Barcelona.

  • Diversos autores (2016): El reto de la innovación de los informativos en la era digital. Madrid: Instituto RTVE. https://goo.gl/d5L8v9

Secondary bibliography:

  • Block, M. (2000): Writing broadcast news. Shorter, sharper, stronger. Chicago: Bonus Books.

  • Boyd, A. (2000): Broadcast Journalism. Techniques of Radio and TV News. Oxford: Focal.

  • Cebrián Herreros, M. (1998): Información audiovisual. Concepto, técnica, expresión y aplicaciones. Madrid: Síntesis.

  • García Jiménez, J.. (2000): Información audiovisual, volumen I. Madrid: Paraninfo. García Avilés, J. A. (2006). El periodismo audiovisual ante la convergencia digital. Elche: Universidad Miguel Hernández.

  • León, B. (coord.) (2010) Informativos para la televisión del espectáculo. Edició impresa i edició e-book.

  • Livingstone, Sonia; Blum-Ross (2020): Parenting for a digital future. How Hopes and Fears about Technology Shape Children's Lives. Oxfort University Press

  • Marín, C.(2006): Periodismo audiovisual: información, entretenimiento y tecnologías multimedia. Barcelona: Gedisa.

  • Martínez Abadía, J.; Vila, P. y otros (2004): Manual básico de tecnología y técnicas de creación, emisión y difusión de contenidos. Barcelona: Paidós.

  • Martínez-Costa, M. P. (coord.) (2002): Información Radiofónica. Barcelona: Ariel Comunicación.

  • Peralta,M. (2006): Teleinformatius. La transmissió informativa de l'actualitat. Barcelona: Editorial Trípodos.

  • Pérez, G. (2010): Informar en la e-televisión: Curso básico de periodismo audiovisual. Pamplona: EUNSA, Ediciones de la Universidad de Navarra.

  • Pérez Martínez, José Emilio (2021): Radio y mujer (España, 1960-1975) En las ondas de Radio Nacional. Abada Editores.

  • Perona, J.J. y Huertas, A. (1999): Redacción y locución en medios audiovisuales. Barcelona: Bosch.

  • Rodríguez Pastoriza, F. (2003): La mirada en el cristal. La información en televisión. Madrid: Fragua.

  • Sanabria, F. (1994): Información audiovisual. Teoría y técnica de la información radiofónica y televisiva. Barcelona: Bosch.

  • Soengas, X. (2003): Informativos radiofónicos. Madrid: Cátedra.

Didactic resources

  • Llibre estil Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals 

  • ésAdir 

  • The BBC News Styleguide 

  • Directrices editoriales. Valores y criterios de la BBC 

  • El College of Production és una web de la BBC amb recursos d'àudio / vídeo