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Journalism Studies

Code: MECC008     Acronym: EJ

Instance: 2012/2013 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Communication Sciences

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MECC 18 (OLD STUDY PLAN - do not choose this one) Study Plan: Master's in Communication Sciences 1 - 8 4 4

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Helena Laura Dias de Lima

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 3,00
Tutorial Supervision: 1,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 3,00
Ana Isabel Crispim Mendes Reis 1,00
Helena Laura Dias de Lima 1,00
Helder Manuel Ferreira Bastos 1,00
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 1,00
Ana Isabel Crispim Mendes Reis 0,33
Helder Manuel Ferreira Bastos 0,33
Helena Laura Dias de Lima 0,33

Teaching language



To understand journalistic production in the context of the recent business, technological and professional transformations through an approach based on recent theoretical production. The subject aims to discuss the main issues of journalism in contemporary societies.


1. Toward a theory of journalism (lecturer: Helena Lima)
1.1 - Conceptual aspects -newsmaking
1.2 - Methodological approaches
1.3 – Schools of thought
1.4 – Current lines of research
2. Emerging issues in journalism studies (lecturer: Helder Bastos)
2.1. Structural changes
2.2. Reconfiguration of the domain of journalism
3. Theory of sources of information (lecturer: Vasco Ribeiro)

Mandatory literature

GOMIS, Lorenzo; Teoria del periodismo: como se forma el presente, Paidós, 1991
Pena, Felipe; Teoria do jornalismo, Editora Contexto, 2005
Schudson, Michael; The Sociology of News, W.W. Norton & Company, 2003
ESQUENAZI, Jean-Pierre; Sociologia dos Públicos, Porto Editora, 2006
Santos, Rogério; A Negociação entre Jornalistas e Fontes, Minerva, 1997
Van Dijk, Teun; La noticia como discurso: Compreensión, estructura y producción de la información, Paidós, 1980
AZNAR, Hugo; Comunicação Responsável. A Auto-Regulação dos Media , Porto Editora, 2005
Traquina, Nelson (org.); Jornalismo: Questões, Teorias e "Estórias", Veja, 1993
TRAQUINA, Nelson (org); O Poder do Jornalismo: Análise e Textos da Teoria do Agendamento, Coimbra- Minerva , 2000
GANS, Herbert J. ; Deciding what’s news: a study of CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek and Time. , Northwesten University Press, 1992
HERMAN, Edwards; CHOMSKY, Noam (2002) – Manufacturing consent: the political economy of the mass media. New York: Pantheon Books., Pantheon Books.
TUMBER, Howard ; News: a reader. , Oxford University Press, 1999
TUCHMAN, Gaye ; Making news: a study in the construction of reality, The Free Press, 1980
Neveu, Érik; Sociologia do Jornalismo, Porto Editora, 2005

Complementary Bibliography

CURRAN, James; SEATON, Jean; Power without responsibility: the press and broadcasting in Britain, Routledge. , 1995
HERMAN, Edwards; CHOMSKY, Noam ; HERMAN, Edwards; CHOMSKY, Noam – Manufacturing consent: the political economy of the mass media, Pantheon Books., 2002
LICHTER, S. Robert; ROTHMAN, Stanley; LICHTER, Linda S.; The media elite: american’s new powerbrokers, Hasting House. , 1990

Teaching methods and learning activities

Thematic explanation and production of work to be presented by the students in class.


Social sciences > Communication sciences > Journalism

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Description Type Time (hours) Weight (%) End date
Attendance (estimated) Participação presencial 72,00
Trabalho escrito 144,00
Total: - 0,00

Eligibility for exams

Mandatory 75% class attendance, unless established otherwise by law, or in FLUP regulations.

Calculation formula of final grade

To be indicated by the lecturers.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

As established in the FLUP Assessment Regulations.

Classification improvement

As established in the FLUP Assessment Regulations.


Comparative study of news hierarchy or editorial orientation
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