JOURNALISM AND LITERATURE SUDIES OFFICE

Coordinator: Isabel Nery 

Why a Journalism and Literature Studies Office?

This Office aims to create a space for learning and debating literary journalism made in Portugal and worldwide.

It intends to meet a growing number of people interested in reading and studying nonfiction. Literary Journalism allows for a single space of communication, and deepening the understanding of society, helping to make contemporary themes more accessible to the general public. It has a differentiating effect, with its own style and permanence, unlike hard news contents, allowing us to notice cultural trends and social problems in order to construct a narrative about the society in which we live. Therefore, it’s worth studying and encouraging.

The world is today a complex place and literary journalism has become essential to understand it. Journalism, which serves the noble mission of informing, tends to be more literary and continues to fulfill its role as a civic right. Literature, cunningly exposing human contradictions, has been approaching journalism in meeting its readers.

Because reality is much more than facts, in an age where information is everywhere, journalism will serve as a showcase of these contradictions, contextualizing them and helping to understand them. It will only be able to do this if it transcends the limits of daily journalism.

And because by caring about journalism we are also taking care of democracy, it is worth looking at it with the attention it deserves.


Objectives

- Organization of events to launch the debate on journalism and literature.
- Publishing interviews.
- Organization of international conferences and meetings.
- Encouraging the publication of works of literary journalism.


Future Projects

1. Creation of an annual grant of Literary Journalism, allowing a journalist to present an investigation theme. This grant will allow him a temporary leave of his newspaper office job for an exclusive focus in research and writing of the purposed theme.
2. Creation of short term courses or post graduations in literary journalism.
3. Organization of photo reporting expositions.