Mobile Travel Journalism

Fani Galatsopoulou

DIM 109 Mobile Travel Journalism

A + B

About This Course

Course Description

This course provides students with a broad understanding of the global Tourism sector and the latest trends in the travel industry. It focuses on the role of digital media, User Generated Content (UGC) and digital storytelling in travel and tourism.
The course offers a combination of theory, case studies and hands-on training, aimed at exploring new forms of travel communication through digital media.

Key topics

  • Global trends in travel and tourism
  • Travel Communication and Sustainability
  • Travel Journalism and digital Travel Storytelling
  • Digital Media Communication Campaigns for Tourism
  • UGC and eWOM

Course Objectives

  • Understand the role of digital media in travel and tourism.
  • Track, analyze, and discuss UGC related to travel destinations.
  • Recognize, understand, analyze, and discuss the travel article typology.
  • Recognize the structure and narrating techniques of travel stories.
  • Appreciate the role of travel journalism and travel UGC in communicating culture, in understanding and respecting the ‘Others’

Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire knowledge about the current trends in travel and tourism.
  2. Analyze and produce online travel stories.
  3. Criticize how travel journalists, or travelers construct tourist experiences and destination images.
  4. Analyze and criticize digital media communication campaigns for tourism

Class/Learning activities

Mentoring lectures, group work, in-class presentation of case studies, literature study, experiential lab (hands on training)


Type of work Description Hours
In class lectures, Presentations and hands on exercises Thirteen 3-hours 39
Research Online research 50-60
Independent study Study of suggested literature 40-45
Project based group work Small creative in class group tasks 20-25
Case study and report
Digital Media project
Final project
Students may choose:
a. A case study ( Written report and presentation)
b. A digital media project (according to personal interests)
Total workload 249-279


Type of assessment Learning outcome Impact on final grade Date of assessment
Participation in group work and discussion 1-4 20% Every week
Presentation of creative tasks and experiential exercises 2-4 30% 3th-12th week
Final Project 2-4 40% 9th-12th week
Presentation of the Final Project 1-4 10% 13th week

Suggested Reading

  • Akehurst, G. (2009). ‘User Generated Content: The Use of Blogs for Tourism Organisations and Tourism Consumers.’ Service Business 3:51–61.
  • Cocking, B. (2009): ‘Travel Journalism’, Journalism Studies, Vol 10 (1), 54-68
  • Dewdney, A. (2013). The digital media handbook. London: Routledge.
  • Hanusch, F., Fürsich, E. (2014) Travel Journalism. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hsial, K., Lu, H.-P., & Lan, W.-C. (2013). The influence of the components of storytelling blogs on readers’ travel intentions. Internet Research, 23, 160–182.
  • King, R. A., Pradeep R., and Bush, V. (2014). ‘What We Know and Don’t Know about Online Word-of-Mouth: A Review and Synthesis of the Literature.’ Journal of Interactive Marketing 28(3):167–83
  • McGaurr, L. (2015). Environmental Communication and Travel Journalism. NY: Routledge.
  • Urry, J. and Larsen, J. (2011) The Tourist Gaze 3.0. London: Sage.
  • World Tourism Organization UNTWO (2014) International Tourism Exceeds Expectations with Arrivals Up by 52 Million in 2013. (Press Release, 20 January). Available at: