An interview with Javier Guallar

Interview with: Javier Guallar, Profesor en Facultat de Biblioteconomia i Documentació, UB, Spain

Interviewd by: Sergio Villanueva, Ph.D fellow and teaching assistant at UB, Spain

Summary:

1. How is digital journalism being taught?

  • There exist some adaptability problems in universities that have been teaching journalism for a very long time and bear traditional conceptions of journalism. These universities should make the effort to adapt their curricula to new forms of digital journalism.
  • This problem is not present in other universities in which journalism studies have recently been opened.
  • Universities, in general, should emphasise the importance of digital journalism as its importance grows in the media market.

2. Theory and practice in journalism studies

  • Theory and practice should come at the same time. Theoretical concepts should be learnt through practice.
  • Teachers should make an effort to know their surrounding media in order to use examples close to the students’ context.
  • Collaborating with local media should be essential in the journalist education process and should be included in university programs.
  • Universities should develop strategies to help students’ written works get published in digital journals or local media.
  • It is crucial to teach how to use social media as professional tools, as they guarantee interaction with the audience.

3. Entering into local media

  • It is crucial to know which are the necessities, weaknesses and strengths of the media labour market, especially the ones closest to the students’ context.
  • Universities should understand how the journalism labour market is changing. Some years ago, most undergraduates were able to find a job in traditional media. Today, the labour market is unable to take every undergraduate, and most of them find their first job in micromedia or in corporate communication.