Travel Journalism and Communication

Course Information
TitleTravel Journalism and Communication / Travel Journalism and Communication
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolJournalism and Mass Communications
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorFani Galatsopoulou
Course ID140000377

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, participants will be able to: - assimilate a conceptual framework for journalism and public communication in the digital age and mobile environments with regards to Travel, - have an increased understanding and skills of travel communication and journalism, - be familiar with the genres of travel journalism, and gain knowledge about travel communication modes in a networked and multicultural digital environment, - be able to report, write, create, produce and present multimedia travel pieces and visual and audio articulations with journalistic and communicative content, - recognize, understand, analyse, evaluate and apply practices that correspond to journalism, incorporate social software and media communication tools, and facilitate effective communication strategies in the field of Travel - identify their role and their participation in setting and forming the culture of Travel and its communicative and journalistic profile. They will adopt behaviors, stances and attitudes that enhance the ‘open’, public communication and journalism in the free-flow (digital) and mobile age, and finally, participants will encourage the development of a learning ecosystem culture that leads to travel literacy, public awareness and social development.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course ‘Travel Journalism and Communication’ is taught in both, winter and spring semester at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. It is an experiential and project-based English speaking course enganging its participants to learn the art of travel journalism and communication by immersing themselves in GREECE. The course is offered to Greek students as well as international and Erasmus students. The course integrates theory and practice (creative collaborative tasks that require the use of specific technological tools and mobility, collaborative work in the School’s lab), as well as outdoor activities and real-life scenarios – all followed by online and face-to-face reflections. The course is an introduction to the basic principles of Travel Journalism and Communication. It offers knowledge and techniques, inspiration and training to those who would like to become travel journalists or travel communicators. It is also ideal for students who would like to explore Greece as a travel destination, and enjoy sharing their travel experiences. Going beyond the standard travel and journalistic writing class, the course combines a robust curriculum with hands on training, field visits –group work – experiences. During the course participants will be given the opportunity to explore and research Greece’s and Thessaloniki’s society and culture, history, natural environment and everyday life. By being on a constant journey in time and discovering their beautiful contradictions from past to present and back again, students are asked to become ‘time travelers’ and communicate their pragmatic knowledge, empirical involvement and engagement by writing short travel accounts, producing audiovisual articulations, recording real experiences, crafting messages and creating effective communication strategies in Travel and present their own true stories and testimonials from the city/country. The course ‘Travel Journalism and Communication’ approaches the scientific Fields of Public Communication, Travel and Mobile Journalism, Studies in Tourism, Communication and Media studies and Social Sciences. Its main characteristics are: - Real-scenario projects with classroom reflection - Hands- on Training and Collaborative Learning - Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as well as of social software for teaching and learning
Travel, Culture, Journalism, Communication
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Podcast
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Experiential Training
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
For the Applied Work students need a smartphone or tablet, or camera and a laptop. In case they do not have any of these, they can use the equipment of the School’s Computer Lab and the Laboratory of Electronic Media (, located in Pavilion 1 – Thessaloniki International Fair, 154, Egnatia Street, Thessaloniki 54636 – Greece, Lab phone 0030 2310 99 4280, ~ 4284, ~ 4245)
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Reading Assigment
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Written assigments
Student Assessment
50% experiential exercises, projects, participation (formative and participatory assessment) 50% final project
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • creative tasks, experiential excercises
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Hanusch, F., Fürsich, E. (2014) Travel Journalism. Palgrave Macmillan. Urry, J. and Larsen, J. (2011) The Tourist Gaze 3.0. London: Sage. O’Neil, L. Peat (2006). ‘Travel Writing, 2nd Edition’ F+W Publications
Additional bibliography for study
A corpus of selected travel articles, travel stories and travel audiovisual articulations about Greece and its travel destinations is being distributed to students, facilitating their familiarization with the country, travel writing and travel communication (e.g. print and online publications, inflight and on board magazines, audiovisual productions from the national or the international travel landscape). In addition, this local view acquaintance which is accompanied by bilingual texts and content (Greek-English) furthers the students’ Greek language knowledge and understanding.
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