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Good Journalism is Alive

UAB Barcelona Summer School

24-Journalism still Alive - Ezequiel Ramon Pinat

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Course Fee: 850 €
Course Fee for UAB students and Alumni UAB Premium+ : 200 €
Teaching Language: English
Place: UAB Campus Belltaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona
Teaching Period:  12 July to 30 July, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration of international and national students (non-UAB students) before May 16 will get 20% discount.

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Enrolment guidelines


The UAB aims is to provide this course on-site. However, we are also prepared to switch to online-only mode when governmental restrictions are introduced or in place because of the current Covid-19 pandemic. Due to this uncertain situation, we will announce the approach and interaction forms concerning this course at a later stage in 2021 (June-July).



Ezequiel Ramon is a professor at the Faculty of Communication Studies in the UAB. He teaches Communication Theories, among others subjects, and supervises Bachelor degree projects. He is interested in the role of journalism in modern society, new journalistic formats against traditional ones, and in the development of new narratives articulated using new technologies. His research topics are Social Media, Journalism, Housing right, and citizenry mobilization.

  • Department of Media, Communication and Culture
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Contents overview

During the past century, new practices of journalistic styles in the press arose, at the same time that the role of media in the society was reconfigured. This subject analyses the course of journalism through its various genres, interviews, chronicles, and reports.

By reading prominent texts and watching audiovisual content, the aim will be to understand the structure that articulates them. What were the intentions of those who conceived them? Which effects do they have on the audiences?

We will also work with resources that can be used in order to optimize communication in a more effective way. We will also explore the new digital narratives evolution, from an analytical and descriptive perspective, avoiding normative parameters and catalogues. A social perspective will be considered too. What do we talk about when referring to 'quality journalism'? What is its contribution to a critical democratic society? Students are expected, after the course, to be able to identify the different genres, their main features, and to understand what strategies the authors have used and which effects they sought to provoke in the audience.


Week programme

Good Journalism Is Alive
 Week   Contents Teaching/learning activities

1.1. Introduction to journalism as a discipline. Importance and function 

1.2. Ethnographic journalism

1.3. The Interview: typologies, aims and tips

Identify different journalistic articles, similarities and differences 

Printed press, radio, television and social media.

Nixon/Frost and Oriana Fallaci Interviews.


2.1. The myth of ‘objectivity’ and the positivist paradigm.

2.2. The Linguistic turn and the journalist role as ‘reality constructor’.

2.3. Chronicles: the importance of the writer and time.



Writing precisely, but also clearly and directly at the same time.

Distinguish different strategies of communication in front of the support (printed vs. audiovisual).


3.1. The ‘watchdog’ paradigm vs. ‘journalist as echo’.

3.2. Report: framing, a good start and a better ending.


The New Journalism: Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote, Gay Talese readings. Recognize rhetoric/linguistic resources in order to achieve an effect on the audience.



Daily evaluation: following the professor explanation, journalistic articles (interviews, chronicles or reports) will be given to groups of three students in relation to the topic. After that, a general discussion will take place within the full class.  

The evaluation will be: 65% daily comments on readings; 20% case exposition (in groups); 15% class participation.


Links and references

  • Adams, Sally and Hicks, Wynford. Interviewing for journalists. London ; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, 2009.
  • Biagi, Shirley. Interviews that work: a practical guide for journalists. Belmont: Wadsworth, 1986.
  • Call, Wendy and Kramer, Mark. Telling true stories : a nonfiction writers' guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. New York: Plume, 2007.
  • Culham, Ruth. Teach Writing Well : How to Assess Writing, Invigorate Instruction, and Rethink Revision.
  • Fallaci, Oriana. Interviews with history and conversations with power. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 2011.
  • Johnson-Cartee, Karen S. News narratives and news framing: constructing political reality. Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.
  • Kapuscinski, Ryszard. Another day of life. London: Penguin classics, 2001.
  • Pilger, John. Tell me no lies: Investigative journalism and its triumphs. London: Random House, 2011.