Training of Trainers UB session

Elaborations and further applications: audiovisual dimensions of convergence journalism

Dates: 19-22 April 2016



Facultat de Biblioteconomia i Documentació
C. Melcior de Palau, 140, Barcelona


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April 18, Monday

Open Day

14.45-15.00 Arrival and registration

15.00-15.20 Opening & Welcome

Ernest Abadal, Dean of the Facultat de Biblioteconomia i Documentació, University of Barcelona

Maria Callejon, Vice-rector for International Policy, University of Barcelona

Marcello Scalisi, Director, UNIMED, Italy

15.20-15.50 Mediterranean dialogue on Higher Education

Union for the Mediterranean

15.50-16.10 Break / Time for networking

16.10-16.50 Mediterranean cooperation within the eMEDia initiative

Moncef Ayari, Director of IPSI, University La Manouba, Tunisia

Moncef Ben Abdeljelil, Dean of the faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Sousse, Tunisia

Abdelwahed Mokni, Vice Président, University of Sfax, Tunisia

Saida Rafrafi and Imed Abderrahim, Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research, Technologies of information and communication, Tunisia

16.50-17.50 Testimonials by Cross-Media Master Course teachers

Anis Jedidi, University of Sfax

Nouredine Sabri, University of Sousse

Moez Ben Messaoud, IPSI, University La Manouba, Tunisia

17.50-18.10 The role of the Syndicate within the professional Master Course and teaching journalism in general

Mohamed Sami Kechaou, Sfax Section of National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists, Tunisia

18.10-18.30 Elaborations and further applications: audiovisual dimensions of convergence journalism

Jorge Franganillo, University of Barcelona

The program of the Open Day in PDF format can be downloaded from here

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April 19, Tuesday

Data journalism

Course, 3 h (14:30–17:30), room 113


Dr. Mario Pérez‐Montoro

Professor in the University of Barcelona’s Department of Information Science. PhD in Philosophy and Education from the University of Barcelona and Master in Information Management and Systems from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He has been a researcher in the Department of Logic, History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Barcelona, he studied at the Istituto di Discipline della Comunicazione at the University of Bologna (Italy) and he has been visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford University (California, USA) and at the School of Information at UC Berkeley (California, USA).

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session learners will be able to

— understand the basic concepts and principles underlying data journalism and information visualization
— obtain and manage Internet data
— provide a methodological basis for selecting the best display for each type of informational content according to cognitive and ethical principles
— create journalistic texts and storytelling from the analysis and visualization of the data


  1. Basic concepts
  2. Open data
  3. Data search
  4. Data capture
  5. Data management
  6. Data visualization
  7. Case study

Suggested readings

Berret, C.; Phillips, C. Teaching Data and Computational Journalism. NY: Columbia Journalism School and Knight Foundation, 2016.

Bounegru, Liliana (coord.) (2016). The Data Journalism Handbook. Sebastopol: O’Reilly Media.

Stray, Jonathan (2016). The Curious Journalist’s Guide to Data. NY: Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School.‐journalist‐s‐guide‐to‐data/details

Supplementary materials

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Transmedia storytelling

Course, 3 h (17:30–20:30), room 113

This course presents in an informative and educational way, from a theoretical and practical perspective, the principles and proposals of new transmedia and crossmedia narratives. A personal project will be carried out to exploit the potential of different crossmedia and transmedia platforms.


Dr. Sergio Villanueva

PhD in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Barcelona, where he has been research fellow and teaching assistant. He has been visiting researcher at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and University Carlos III in Madrid. His research focuses on the participatory practices in filmmaking as means of social change. In this sense, he has studied participatory video as a cinematic process from the documentary studies perspective, analysing how they apply citizen storytelling methods to build collective narratives.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session learners will be able to

— know transmedia storytelling and its fundamentals
— analyze different fiction transmedia experiences: TV, movies, literature, videogames, comics
— analyze different non‐fiction transmedia experiences: transmedia journalism, documentaries, docuwebs
— develop a transmedia story according to professional needs or personal interests


  1. Transmedia: concept and fundamentals
  2. Transmedia consumption: audiences, users, fans, etc.
  3. Building transmedia universes: sociology, pedagogy and transmedia journalism

Supplementary materials

Download the PowerPoint slides

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April 20, Wednesday

Making TV reports and documentaries

Course, 6 h (14:30–20:30), room 309

The report and the documentary, two different ways of explaining the same world from a varied combination of the three axes that make any audiovisual project: information, education and entertainment. The workshop will focus on explaining the professional skills needed to make a documentary or TV report, both technical and artistic and, in terms of journalistic content level, focusing on concrete examples of work done by the two speakers, both directors of documentaries for Televisió de Catalunya.


Prof. Ricard Belis

Journalist, documentary filmmaker and writer. Collaborator in documentary TV programs: 30 minuts (1991‐2008) and Sense ficció (2009‐present). Author of 6 books.

Prof. Josep Rovira

Journalist, documentary filmmaker. Director and producer of numerous documentaries and TV series. Director of the cultural section of the Televisió de Catalunya daily news program Telenotícies. Producer of several cultural Televisió de Catalunya TV programs.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session learners will be able to

— understand the different approaches in the making of a TV informative product
— know specific techniques for interviewing people
— know the basics of filming live and planned sequences
— know the basics of making reports and documentaries


  1. Types of reports and documentaries
  2. Genres and views: objectivity vs subjectivity
  3. Selection of topics, building structures to explain the facts, the pyramidal or parallel narrative, the implication of the author
  4. Respect for journalistic codes
  5. The casting of characters
  6. How to raise an interview with people who have experienced trauma
  7. Questioning techniques: development of open questionnaires
  8. How to raise the filming of a live sequence
  9. How to raise the filming of a planned sequence
  10. Directing a declarant/witness
  11. Making an action report
  12. Making a documentary: creating images to narrate abstract or past concepts
  13. Parallelism with the press and radio
  14. Comparison with other international models: BBC, France and USA

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April 21, Thursday

International information sources for journalism

Course, 2 h (14:30–16:30), room 113


Dr. Javier Guallar

Professor of Information Management and Communication at several universities: University of Barcelona, Ramon Llull University, Open University of Catalonia, International University of Catalonia. Editor (deputy managing editor of El Profesional de la Información and director of two collections of books: EPI and EPI Scholar). Content curator in He has worked as a news information manager in several newspapers. One of his areas of expertise is newspaper information management.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session learners will be able to

— identify the main information sources for journalism
— retrieve relevant information from the main press sources


  1. Journalism and information sources
  2. Types of information sources
  3. Press information retrieval systems (newspaper archives, databases, etc.)
  4. Information monitoring systems
  5. Information aggregation systems
  6. Social media news monitoring
  7. Examples

Using and managing video news materials

Course, 4 h (16:30–20:30), room 113

Although there is little literature about how media use, store, manage and retrieve video material for news programs, these activities are a core process in the production of news. Knowing the features of audiovisual news material, the main treatment processes and third‐party rights saves time and money, while it also helps to create news pieces with richer visual content.


Prof. Jorge Franganillo

Professor at the University of Barcelona’s Faculty of Library and Information Studies. Head teacher of the degree in Media and Communication. Bachelor of Library and Information Science. Advanced Studies Degree of Information and Documentation. Head information officer at Barcelona TV (1998–1999). Author of numerous papers on audiovisual materials, digital information management and related topics. Regular contributor to newspapers Núvol, Uno and Última Hora.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session learners will be able to

— know the features, sources and rights issues for video news material
— understand the management processes that apply to video archive news material
— know the audiovisual news lifecycle and the treatment to apply for future retrieval and use


1. Features of video archive materials

1.1. Value: historical, sociological, ethnological, corporate
1.2. Thematic variety
1.3. Redundancy
1.4. Currency and obsolescence
1.5. Polysemy
1.6. Volume
1.7. Variety of storage media
1.8. User‐generated content: digital content verification
1.9. Readable video for social media

2. Video production sources

2.1. Internal: headquarters, archive, territorial production centers, correspondents, special correspondents
2.2. External: exchange agencies, national and international news agencies, TV production companies, public and private transfer, promotions, public and private entities

3. Video news material lifecycle

3.1. Digital vs. analog systems
3.2. Ingest and record
3.3. Selection: viewing, assigning archive levels, compacting and recycling/deleting
3.4. Analysis: description and indexing
3.5. Retrieval

4. Rights management

4.1. Rights and conditions of use
4.2. IFTA guidelines dealing with use/misuse of video archive material
4.3. Media councils
4.4. Selling news footage

Suggested readings

Agirreazaldegi, Teresa. «Audiovisual documentation in the preparation of news for television news programs». Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, vol. 60, no. 1, 2008, pp. 47‐54.

Silverman, Craig (ed.). Guide de verification: la reference de la verification de contenu numérique pour la couverture d’événements dans l’urgence. Maastricht: European Journalism Centre, 2014.

Supplementary materials

View the SlideShare presentation

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April 22, Friday

Exploring video journalism

Workshop, 6 h (14:30–20:30), room 309

Speaker 1

Prof. Jep Cunill

Professor of Audiovisual Communication at the University of Barcelona. Editor and camera assistant for the news agency EditMedia for 3 years. Image operator at Antena 3 TV for 13 years. Cameraman and editor at Televisió de Catalunya for 2 years. News correspondent for EiTB.

Speaker 2

Prof. Javier Sanz

Professor of Audiovisual Communication at the University of Barcelona. Codirected the feature film Puzzle Love, which participated in the San Sebastián international film festival and was premiered in Russia an Brazil, as well as broadcasted by Canal+ Spain. He’s an advertising director for fashion brands. He has finished his first documentary feature film Lejos de la orilla. He has also directed the short films Silences (2011) and Undress me (2012). He has trained photojournalists on videojournalism.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session learners will be able to

— have a general overview of videojournalism
— understand its conceptual and technical aspects
— know the working process in the making of a videojournalistic project


Part I

1. What is video journalism?
2. Video journalism contribution to society
3. Differences with the press, radio and photojournalism
4. Characteristics, evolution, concepts and purposes
5. Models: the public and private sectors
6. The audience
7. The contribution of technology
8. Video journalism now: local and global, possibilities
9. Formats: news, report, documentary journalism, live show
10. The core team: editor and image operator
11. Journalistic coverage and topics: politics, sport, society, economy, etc.

Part II

12. Resources and visual language
13. Camera vision
14. Relationship with people filmed
15. Filming: resource images, testimonies, statements and interviews
16. Locution
17. Editing
18. Archiving
19. Other elements of video: graphics, music and visual effects

Part III

20. Ethics
21. Pros and cons of video journalism
22. Personal vision
23. Conclusion


Local coordinators of the training

Lydia Sánchez and Jorge Franganillo, Faculty of Library and Information Science, University of Barcelona, Spain