Master 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.

  • Sports Journalism
  • Sports Communication
  • Journalism
Next edition
Classes start
04 October, 2021
Program ends
22 June, 2022
Schedule
1st term: Monday and Thursday, 17.30-21.30h and Friday 17.30-19.30h. 2nd term: Monday, Thursday and Friday 17.30- 21.30h, Wednesday 17.30-19.30h. 3rd term: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 17.30-21.30h.
Language
Spanish
Modality
On-campus
ECTS credits
60
Price
8100 €

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 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.

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Why choose this program

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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.

02

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.

03

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 and Xavier Sitjà (TVE), as well as prestigious professors of Pompeu Fabra University.

04

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.

Admission and enrolment

Curriculum

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

History of major sports information events

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.

Sports culture I

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).

Institutional communication

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.

Diseño y Fotoperiodismo

Este módulo pretende ofrecer a los estudiantes un recorrido teórico y práctico por las principales corrientes del diseño periodístico en general y el específico de deportes. Se analizarán los diferentes modelos de prensa deportiva. La asignatura, que ocupa un trimestre, abordará especialmente conceptos sobre la arquitectura de la página, la navegación, la tipografía y los diferentes formatos de la información. Se profundizará en el fotoperiodismo, la infografía y la ilustración aplicados al deporte.

Second term

Sports culture II

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.

Sports broadcasting workshop

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.

Journalistic writing in sports

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.

New Trends in Sports Journalism

This course offers students elements of knowledge and experimentation aimed at obtaining journalistic skills in different areas of journalism that are growing and developing due to the new possibilities offered by the Internet and digital applications. This module is organized into different subject areas that address some of the new trends in sports journalism, such as data journalism, new digital narratives or the possibilities for the freelance correspondent in the digital world, among others.

Third term

Workshop on new audiovisual formats

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.

Internet and Social Networks Workshop

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.

English for sports journalists

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

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.

Complementary activities

BSM Inside is a transversal and interdisciplinary module, common to all master's and postgraduate degrees at UPF Barcelona School of Management, which has been conceived to work on a set of key competencies for professional development in conjunction with the real needs of today's organizations.

This module extends throughout the academic year and is made up of 3 areas of knowledge that constitute the identity traits of the UPF-BSM: Communication; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Planetary Well-being and Humanities.

All the subjects of the BSM Inside module are 100% online and have been designed as self-learning subjects: from the first day of the subject until the end of the term you will have all the teaching materials available on the eCampus and you can work with the material and the different activities that it contains at your own pace, according to your availability and in a self-organized way.

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 be awarded the degree of Máster en Periodismo Deportivo, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.

Faculty

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

Sergio Cortiñas Rovira

Associate Professor UPF

Faculty

Carles Murillo Fort

Academic Director

Sergio Cortiñas Rovira

Associate Professor UPF

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Maria Carmen Garcza-Hidalgo Gomez-Lobo
    Graduated in Journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid.  
    A specialist in sports journalism with a gender perspective and social networking.
    He has worked for 20Minutes, L'Espanyol or El Peri.dico de Catalunya and has collaborated with magazines such as Panenka or Jot Down.
  • Christian Garcia Montagut
    Director of Sports of the Catalan Media Corporation (CCMA).
    Sports journalist. He has worked in Catalonia Radio and TV3.
  • Victor Hasbani
    Sports journalist. A specialist in the history of sport and Dutch football.
    He was a graduate of History and Historical Research by the University of the University of Milan.
  • 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.

Methodology

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.

01.

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

02.

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.

03.

Professional practices

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

04.

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.

Evaluation

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

Tools

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 or postgraduate work to learn by doing
  • A personal mentor to monitor your Master's Final Project (TFM) or Postgraduate Final Project (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.

24

Average age

1

Average number of years of professional experience

18%

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

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

Graduates in Journalism and other higher degrees in the field of communication sciences, such as audiovisual communication, who want to acquire a specialization in the field of sports journalism.

Graduates in any field of knowledge (other than journalism and communication) who want to acquire the necessary knowledge to carry out journalistic activities in the sports sector with quality guarantees (in this case you need to take some additional hours of "Training Complements in Journalism" during the first term, which has an additional price of €1,000).

Those participants who do not have Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who did not have it as a teaching language in their training studies, must prove that they have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as fluently take part in a personal interview with the academic director, if necessary.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through the following form.

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineAdmission resolution
111/11/202026/11/2020
203/12/202018/12/2020
317/12/202031/12/2020
412/01/202128/01/2021
502/02/202117/02/2021
623/02/202110/03/2021
716/03/202131/03/2021
808/04/202123/04/2021
927/04/202112/05/2021
1013/05/202128/05/2021
1127/05/202111/06/2021
1208/06/202123/06/2021
1322/06/202107/07/2021
1406/07/202121/07/2021
1520/07/202130/07/2021
1602/09/202117/09/2021
1716/09/202101/10/2021
1805/10/202120/10/2021
1921/10/202105/11/2021

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Application rounds are subject to the number of places available on the program.

Admission

  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.

Enrolment

  • Registration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 1240.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing

Scholarships

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.

Grants and discounts

Funding

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Collaborating entities

In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management collaborates with various banks and financial entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links (in Spanish).

Note, however, that in order to benefit from these special conditions you must have a NIE if you are not a European Citizen. Therefore, UPF Barcelona School of Management strongly recommends international students to seek first for students loans at bank entities of their country of origin, or to search for funding opportunities through international entities.

The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of Catalonia (AGAUR, in Spanish) also offers loans to university students with legal residence in Catalonia through the PREPOST program.

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