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Master in Sports Journalism

Máster en Periodismo Deportivo

Master in Sports Journalism

UPF-BSMMastersMaster in Sports Journalism

Develop your skills for working as a sports journalist and report rigorously, objectively, and truthfully on sports issues in all types of media: digital, radio, television, or the written press.

Next edition
Classes start07 October, 2024 (To be confirmed)
Program ends30 June, 2025 (To be confirmed)
ECTS credits60
Schedule1st term: Monday and Thursday, 17-21h and Friday 17-19h. 2nd term: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 17- 21, Thursday 17-19h. 3rd term: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 17.30-21.30h.
Price9500 €

On the Master in Sports Journalism you will develop your skills to report rigorously and objectively on sports issues in audiovisual media (radio, television), digital media or written press.

Throughout the program you will discover and train in the day-to-day life of a current sports journalist: from writing press releases for agencies, to announcing sports events, managing social networks (community management) or photojournalism, among others. Due to the quality of its contents and their practical application, in previous courses the students of the Master in Sports Journalism have had the possibility of doing internships in the media and organizations such as RAC1, TV3, El País, Cadena Ser, Catalunya Ràdio, La Vanguardia, El Periódico,  Barça TV, Movistar TV, FC Barcelona, ​​Dorna, Panenka Magazine and different media in the media group MEDIAPRO such as Movistar, GOL, and LaLigaTV International.

The Master in Sports Journalism also stands out in training in sports commentary. Sports broadcasting is a basic part of sports journalism. Therefore, we will prepare you not only to have knowledge of sport and competition and its writing, but also to know how to use your voice with the appropriate rhythm and tone, to have a rich, original and specialized language to communicate the sporting and emotional aspects that you are broadcasting.

The Master in Sports Journalism is endorsed by Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Spanish university and the 15th best university in the world (of those with less than 50 years), according to the Times Higher Education ranking. In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally.

Collaborators:Revista Panenka

Why choose this program


Get a comprehensive vision of sports journalism

You will discover the sports media sector in all its aspects (economic, legal, medical, etc.) and you will learn the latest trends in sports journalism 2.0 to become an expert journalist in communication in social networks and community management, new television formats, photojournalism, etc.


Receive practical classes

You will have classes in real journalistic facilities: the newsrooms, television sets, radio booths, and control rooms of the Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou of the Pompeu Fabra University, in the 22@ district of Barcelona.


Learn from excellent communicators

You will learn the latest in journalism from renowned professionals such as Axel Torres (Bein Sports and Radio Marca), Jordi Robirosa (TV3), David Espinós, Aitor Lagunas (Panenka Magazine) and Paloma del Río (TVE), as well as prestigious professors of Pompeu Fabra University.


Access professional internships

You will have the possibility to carry out a curricular internship in companies and put into practice all the tools and techniques learned in media and sports institutions.

Who is it for?

The Master in Sports Journalism is aimed at graduates in Journalism and other higher degrees in the field of communication sciences, who want to gain a specialization in the field of sports journalism. Graduates in any field of knowledge other than journalism and communication can also apply for the master. In this case, a few additional hours of Journalism Training Complements will be needed during the first term.


The Master in Sports Journalism is structured into 10 subjects, together with the completion of a Master's Final Project and some curricular practice.

First term

The objective of this module is to provide the student with a solid base on the history of sport, on its evolution, on its adaptation to the times. A base that complements the information that you foreseeably already have, acquired thanks to your own learning as a result of your vocation. In addition, the review of that history will connect with the knowledge of the different events both at the world level (Olympics, World Cups, Europeans Championships, etc.) and at the state level (leagues, organizing committees, etc.), events that for many young journalists are the dream of their professional life.

This module offers students elements of knowledge and experimentation aimed at obtaining journalistic skills in areas related to sport and which are necessary for the development of rigorous specialized journalism. The subject covers two terms. In the first term, the areas studied are: History of Contemporary Sports Journalism (documentary sources and statistics, treatment of historical data for its dissemination); Sports Law (regulation of broadcasts, hiring of athletes, doping), and Ethics and Deontology in sports journalism (general ethical principles, specialized deontology).

The general objective of this module is for students to become aware of the importance of communication to build a good reputation and brand image, whether of a club or of athletes.

This module aims to offer students a theoretical and practical tour of the main currents of journalism in general and sports specificity. The different models of sporting press will be analysed. The subject, which takes up a quarter, will deal in particular with concepts on page architecture, navigation, typography and the various information formats. Photojournalism, infography and illustration applied to sport will be deepened.

Second term

This module works independently, but it is the continuation of the subject Sports Culture I, which was taught in the first term. In this second term, the areas studied are: Sports Medicine (safety in sports practice, traumatology), Sports Economics (management of sports companies, club finance, audiovisual rights) and Structure of Communication Applied to Sports.

This module aims to offer a theoretical and practical journey through the main techniques and current models of sports broadcasting, on radio and television. The course will deal in detail with the different professional figures involved in a broadcast. At the end of the module, students will have the necessary skills to present part or all of a broadcast of a sporting event.

The aim of the module is to improve and perfect journalistic writing skills in the sports area. This module is focused on writing reports, profiles, articles, editorials, and critiques among others. The module is conceived as a specialization and professional development workshop in the field of writing. Another essential aim is to offer students a critical vision of professional practice in this discipline, with an exhaustive review of the main authors, as well as to provide the necessary tools for writing in the audiovisual field.

This subject offers knowledge and experience aimed to gain competencies in different areas of journalism growing and expanding due to the new opportunities that Internet and the digital applications bring. This module is organised in different thematic areas that address some of the new trends in sports journalism.

Third term

This module will offer students a theoretical, practical, and critical overview of sports journalism that is currently carried out on television. The subject will be taught during the third term and will be essentially practical, with the aim that students make informative audiovisual pieces and a sports program, simulating real working conditions in a media. The course will consist of 20% theory and 80% practice. Students will work basically in the academic campus, but also outside it, going out to carry out practice and informative coverage. The continuous practice will determine the grade for the module.

This workshop aims to offer the student all the tools for their duties on the internet and social networks, understood as sources of information, but also and above all as means of communication of a different nature from traditional ones.

This module is aimed at students who are interested in working on the broadcasting of sporting events in the media anywhere in the world. The workshop will be taught entirely in English. In class, the skills necessary to be able to work in the sports journalism sector will be worked on, with special importance for communication, the specific vocabulary, and the deontological and ethical codes of the journalist.

Master's Final Project

With the Master's Final Project the students integrate the various subjects of the program by applying the knowledge acquired throughout the course.

Note on the Curriculum

The information contained in these pages is for information purposes only and may be subject to change in the adaptation of each academic year. The definitive guide will be available to students in the virtual space before the start of each subject.

Complementary activities

The Master in Sports Journalism also includes the possibility of participating in practical activities and activities for personal and professional growth such as:

  • UPF-BSM Inside: is a group of interdisciplinary subjects (applied data, communication, creativity, innovation and project management, sustainability and leadership among others) that, if you take this program, you can access at no additional cost. They are 100% online and you can take them throughout the academic year at your own pace, as they have been designed as self-study subjects.
  • International mobility: The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you the possibility of expanding your training and international vision through the International Mobility Programme. Extend your studies extracurricularly, during the academic year following the completion of your Master's, at a top-level institution. Limited places.

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will obtain an electronic degree (e-Título) for the Máster de Formación Permanente en Periodismo Deportivo  issued by the Pompeu Fabra University

The e-Título is an authentic digital degree, issued in pdf format and electronically signed, with the same legal validity as if it were in paper format.


The master is taught by journalists and other active professionals in the sports communication sector, as well as research professors from the UPF Department of Journalism and Communication.

Academic directors


  • Ernest Amat
    Freelance announcer
    He is a member of the Bucks New University (UK).
    Professor of Football in English at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Roger Cassany Viladomat
    Journalist in Vilaweb
    A specialist in audiovisual journalism
    Professor in audiovisual journalism at Pompeu Fabra University
  • Joan Corbella
    Director of content at the Audiovisual Production Observatory (UNICA research group).
    Graduated in Information Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
    Professor of Journalism at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Josep Maria Deu
    A specialist sports journalist for audiovisual broadcasts.
  • Paloma del Río
    Sports Journalist at TVE.
  • David Espinós
    Consultant in communication to David Espinos.
    Master of Journalism at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
  • Xavier Garcquea Luque
    Journalist specializing in sports in La Vanguardia.
    He has been an associate professor of the Studies of Journalism at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Juanjo Garcia
    Physiotherapist and Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Sport
    Doctor in Communication from Pompeu Fabra University
    He is also co-director of the European Master in Athletic Training
  • Juanjo Garcia-Gil
    Physiotherapist and Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Sport
    PhD in Communication - Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    Academic Vice-Dean - Faculty of Health Sciences Blanquerna - URL
  • Victor Hasbani
    Sports journalist.
    A specialist in the history of sport.
    He was a graduate of History and Historical Research by the University of the University of Milan.
  • Aitor Lagunas
    Sports Journalist. Editor of Panenka Magazine.
  • José Joséscar Plaza
    Sports journalist and general manager at Studio Editorial.
    Graduated in Humanities and Journalism from Pompeu Fabra University
  • Enzo Nicolás Olivera Valencia
    Sports journalist.
    Corresponds to Barcelona by American media
  • Xavier Ramon
    Professor and researcher at the Department of Communication at Pompeu Fabra University.
    Doctor in Communication from Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Jordi Robirosa
    Sports journalist on TV3.
    Graduated in Journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • José Luis Rojas Torrijos
    Doctor in journalism at the University of Seville
    A specialist in language and digital narratives in Sporting Journalism.
    He has been an advisor to Innovation and Quality in the newspaper Marca.
  • Jaume Roures
    Mediapro founder and general manager.
  • Santiago Segurola Basáez
    Sports journalist.  
  • Xavier Sitja Poch
    TVE Journalist
    He has been a correspondent in New York City and Moscow.
  • Axel Torres
    Journalist in Cadena Ser and Movistar.
    Graduated in Journalism.


The Master in Sports Journalism combines solid theoretical training with a very accentuated practice. In class, the active participation of the students will be developed. All this is complemented through professional practice, carried out in the media, and in the best companies in the sector, which constitute a basic pillar in the learning process.


You will learn by doing

Practical workshops will be held in the newsrooms, television studios, radio booths, and control rooms of the Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou of the Pompeu Fabra University, in the 22@ district of Barcelona


Case analysis

Descriptive, analytical, critical, and evaluation explanations will be made of specific processes in the development of sports events, voice-overs, and broadcasts. Students will be encouraged to participate in critical analysis and contribute their personal insight.


Professional practices

The master is complemented with curricular practices that will take place in a sports organizations or in a communication media, mainly.


100% sport focus

You will learn under the guidance of a teaching staff made up of active professionals with extensive experience in the reporting and broadcasting of sporting events of all kinds.


The main evaluation methods will consist of:

  • Attending master classes
  • Participation in specialized workshops
  • Individual and group work
  • Presentations and debates
  • Carrying out professional practices


Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.

You will have:

  • Master's Final Project (TFM) or  Postgrad Final Project (TFP)
  • A personal mentor to monitor your final project (TFM or TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

The Master in Sports Journalism is designed for those graduates in journalism and communication, as well as those from other disciplines, who seek to direct, or boost their professional career, orienting it towards the field of sports communication.

The training has a practical and professional approach, with a study plan that will provide you with the tools and skills necessary to develop in the specialization of sports journalism.

Student profile

Each course brings together students from Spain and Europe, most of whom have previous studies in journalism or audiovisual communication. The master is also aimed at graduates from other areas who want to focus their professional future in the field of communication and sports journalism.


Average age


Average number of years of professional experience


International students

Career opportunities

With the master in sports journalism you will acquire the necessary tools to develop yourself as a professional in the area of communication and sports journalism. At the end of the program, through curricular practice, you will be able to acquire professional experience in sports entities (clubs, federations, companies, etc.) as well as in general and specialized media in the sports field.

  • Content Curator for media
  • Community Manager for sports brands, clubs, or federations
  • Sports journalist in audiovisual media
  • Sports announcer
  • Sports media writer
  • Communication manager for clubs, federations, or public or private organizations

Grants, scholarships and financing


The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Merit Based Scholarship

Apply for our Merit Based Scholarship, awarded to those who prove they have talent and motivation.

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Grants and discounts

Alumni discounts

If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

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UPF Employee Discounts

If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.

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UPF Partner Latinoamerican Universities Discount

If you are alumni of one of our Partner Universities, you are entitled to a discount of 10% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduate program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits).

*Discount not compatible with other scholarships, discounts and reductions.

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Early Bird discount

5% Discount available to applications completed before the stated deadline.

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Collaborating entities

In addition, we collaborate with various entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links. 

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