Master in Sports Journalism

Program curriculum and final degree

Program Curriculum

First Term

  • History of the major events in sports information: The objective of this module is to give students a solid foundation in the history of sport, its evolution, and its adaptation to the times. This foundation will complement the information they have foreseeably already acquired thanks to their own learning resulting from their vocation. Moreover, the review of the history will link to the knowledge of the different events, both on a world level (Olympic Games, World and European Championships, etc.) and a national level (leagues, organizing committees, etc.), events that for many young journalists are the dream of their professional lives.
  • Sports Culture I: This module offers students elements of knowledge and experimentation aimed at obtaining the journalistic abilities in areas linked to sport that are necessary for the development of a rigorous specialized journalism. This subject covers two terms. The following areas will be studied in first quarter: the History of Contemporary Sports Journalism (documentary and statistical sources, processing historical data for their dissemination); Sports Law (broadcast regulations, sportsperson contracting, doping), and Ethics and Deontology in sports journalism (general ethical principles, specialized deontology).
  • Institutional Communication: The general aim of this module is for students to become aware of the importance of communication in building a good reputation and brand image, whether for a club or a sportsperson.

Second Term

  • Sports Culture II: This module functions independently, but is a continuation of Sports Culture I from the first term. The following areas are studied in this second term: Sports Medicine (safety in sports, traumatology), the Sports Economy (sports company management, club finances, audiovisual rights) and the Structure of Communication applied to Sport.
  • Sports Broadcasting Workshop: The objective of this module is to offer a theoretical and practical view of the main techniques and models currently used in radio and television sports broadcasting. It will deal in detail with the different professional figures involved in a broadcast. When they have completed the module, students will have the necessary abilities to cope with part or all of a sports event broadcast.
  • Sports Journalism: The objective of this module is to improve and perfect journalistic writing skills in the area of sports. This module focuses on writing features, reports, profiles, articles, editorials, reviews, etc. The module is conceived as a workshop for professional specialization and refinement in the field of the writing. Another core objective is to offer the students a critical view of the professional exercise of this discipline, with an exhaustive review of the main authors, and to provide the tools necessary for writing in the audiovisual field.
  • New Trends in Sports Journalism: This subject offers students elements of knowledge and experimentation to obtain skills in different areas of journalism that are emerging and growing due to the new possibilities offered by the Internet and digital applications. This module is organized around different subject areas that address some of the new trends in sports journalism, such as data journalism, new digital narratives or the option of being a freelance correspondent in the digital world, among other topics.  

Third Term

  • New Audiovisual Formats Workshop: This module will offer students a theoretical, practical and critical view of current TV sports journalism. The subject will be taught during the third quarter and will be of an essentially practical nature, with the students producing audiovisual news items and a sports program, simulating the actual working conditions of a broadcast medium. The subject will be 20% theoretical and 80% practical. Most of the work will be carried out in the academic precinct, although there will be news coverage practice outside. The grade given for the module will be based on the ongoing practice sessions.
  • Internet and Social Media Workshop The aim of this workshop is to offer the student all the necessary tools for working with the Internet and social media, understanding these as information sources, but also, and above all, as communications media that are different to the traditional ones.
  • English for Sports Journalists: This module is aimed at students who are interested in working in sports event broadcasting in any part of the world. The workshop will be taught completely in English. The classwork will focus on the abilities needed to work in the sports journalism sector, placing special emphasis on communication, specific vocabulary and the deontological and ethical codes of the journalist.

Professional Practices.

UPF Barcelona School of Management Inside Module

This module deals with three key skills that future professionals need in order to achieve success in any area, and to quickly and efficiently respond to the constant challenges that emerge in business. The subjects coincide with UPF Barcelona School of Management's key identifying features: analytical capacity, communication and social purpose.

  • Evidence-based management: This subject brings us closer to professional decision making through prudent, clear and precise data analysis. Real life, relevant examples give students an opportunity to discover the manifold opportunities that big data can provide to different professional sectors.
  • Storytelling: In this subject we develop the functions and mechanisms of audiovisual narrative (storytelling) and we apply them to professional communication. We tackle issues such as how to create communications that make an impact (on a personal, project and corporate level) as well as interpersonal communication and team motivation. The goal is to help professionals transmit any idea successfully, with creativity and energy.
  • Ethics and sustainability: Professionals in all sectors have to deal with issues relating to ethics and sustainability throughout their working lives. In this subject, we focus on identifying, analysing and effectively responding to these questions.


Timetable: Classes are taught on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 5.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. The Module on Advanced Cross-Cutting Knowledge will be taught on Wednesdays from 5.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. (terms 2 and 3). Those students who, for academic reasons, are undergoing Complementary Training, will also attend classes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. and Wednesday from 3.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., from October to December.


* The information contained herein may be subject to changes.

Final Degree

Upon successfully completing the program, students will receive a Master's Degree in Sports Journalism, awarded by Pompeu Fabra University.