This bachelor's degree programme is geared to the professional practice of journalism, regarded as an activity that chiefly consists of generating topical information products and is thus clearly different from other activities related to social communication.
The programme's fundamental objective is to produce journalists capable of working in any medium. That entails preparing future graduates to adapt to the changes, in terms of both social uses and technology, liable to take place in the communication arena. The programme also aims to encourage students to engage in thorough reflection on journalism as a professional activity that should be a guarantee of democracy, good citizenship and social cohesion.
Competences to be acquired
Composing and creating written and audiovisual journalistic products in different genres (information in the strictest sense, reports, opinion pieces, etc.).
Using the basic technologies employed by the different media and/or printed or electronic content platforms.
Developing sufficient strength of intellect to be able to cope in a complex world.
Abiding by the ethical principles stemming from the view that information is a basic social good in a democratic society.
Many of the programme's subjects are practical in nature, particularly the Integrated Journalism Workshop in the third year.
Furthermore, in the fourth year, students are required to undertake an internship in a media organization of one kind or another (press, radio, television, the internet, a news agency, a communications office, etc.). To that end, the Faculty of Communication has established agreements with Catalonia's leading companies in the field.
The programme's students are encouraged to take advantage of mobility opportunities and, in particular, the possibility of study periods (through Erasmus and other programmes) at foreign universities, in Europe or beyond, at which training in journalism or other areas conducive to professional specialization is available. Ideally, such study periods should take place in the programme's final year.
Professional journalist, in any type of medium, creating topical content and using the different genres characteristic of the news media. This includes working as a writer, reporter, presenter or director for a given medium (or different media), encompassing designing, writing and producing written, audiovisual or multimedia reports and documentaries in a communication sector company.
Work in institutional communication.
Press or communications officer in a public or private institution, coordinating or carrying out any communication or information-related work the institution requires.
Specialist in analysing current or future communication phenomena and processes for all kinds of public and private organizations, with the skills to provide services involving mediation, consultancy, measurements and expertise.
Freelance journalist in the profession's different areas of specialization and subject matter.
At the beginning of the programme, each student must decide which kind of basic training to take by opting for one of the following tracks:
Each track gives students the option of obtaining a bachelor's degree in the corresponding field once they have completed the Journalism programme. Gaining a second bachelor's degree in this way involves studying for a further two years (or possibly slightly longer, depending on each individual's academic circumstances).