2023-2024 / COMU0031-1

Technical journalistic writing


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 


David Leloup

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Just like design or informatics, the mastery of writing requires a period of learning. This course is conceived as an initiation to techniques of journalistic writing, and it is made up of two closely related parts. During the first part, more theoretical, students will learn to distinguish and master the main registers of newspaper writing (factual reporting, synthesis, narrative, description...). Next, in a more practical vein, students will write texts that follow the conventions associated with different journalistic genres. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

- Evaluation. The primary objective of the course concerns the relationship between the student and writing. His or her writing. Through a number of preliminary exercises the students will test their knowledge and measure their progress. They will improve their mastery of syntax, their vocabularies, their spelling, their sentence structure, their continuity, their precision, their exactitude...
- Imitation. Through frequent reading of newspaper articles, and through class discussion and analysis of examples, students will test and refine their techniques of journalistic expression.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

- Proficiency in oral and written expression (tutoring possible). - Active curiosity about current events. - Frequent reader of newspapers and frequent consumer of audiovisual media.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Written exercises will be assigned during practice sessions and these will help prepare students for the final evaluation.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

- Transparencies shown in class are available online. - Readings highly recommended: Yves AGNES, Manuel de journalisme, Paris, La Découverte, Coll. « Guide Grands Repères », 2016; Philippe BRETON, L'argumentation dans la communication, La Découverte, coll. « Repères », Paris, 2016 ; Jean-Luc MARTIN-LAGARDETTE, Le guide de l'écriture journalistique, Paris, La Découverte, Coll. « Guides », 2016.

- Some questions over theoretical topics covered in class. - A personal writing project.

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Lecturer: David Leloup
Département Médias, Culture et Communication
La Grand Poste
Quai sur Meuse, 19
04 366 29 57

Research assistant:
Boris Krywicki
04 366 38 60

Evelyne Libens
04 366 32 86

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