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University extension course in journalism specialized in security and defense

Own Teachings
Telephone: 91 488 70 40
Academic direction:  Maria Victoria Campos Zabala

Adaptation teaching academic year 2020/21

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Basic Information


The need to train communicators and journalists in the area of ​​Security, Defense and Intelligence has been the main objective for the presentation of this project. For some time now, not only the lack of journalistic and communicative specialization in the aforementioned areas, but also the scarce offer in an area of ​​special sensitivity for the development of democratic systems has been accused in an important way. Contemporary societies need communicators and journalists who are fully trained in news routines and communication and writing skills. The proper treatment of information from its origin to its publication or staging guarantees the correct interpretation of reality.


The fundamental objective is to provide the student with an adequate level of knowledge that allows them to specialize in the area of ​​Defense communication.

As more specific objectives, the University Extension Course pursues:

  • Seek a knowledge of the informative reality of the area of ​​Security, Defense and Intelligence.
  • Generate capacity for analysis and assessment of reliable and truthful information.
  • Train the student to develop informative products in accordance with the degree of journalistic specialization.
  • Learning of the informative routines typical of the study area.
  • Stimulate the debate of the informative reality in matters of Security, Defense and Intelligence.



  • The acquisition of knowledge and skills for understanding the communicative dynamics of the world of Security and Defense.
  • The acquisition of knowledge and skills for the optimal writing of specialized information products.
  • Analysis capacity.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to obtain reliable and truthful information.



Evolution from Defense to National Security. Keys to understand current geopolitics. 

Homeland Security. Main threats.

Ongoing operations. Evolution of conflict resolution strategy.

The international geopolitical panorama II. nationalism and populism

The international geopolitical landscape I

The international geopolitical landscape II

Intelligence services.                          



Crisis Communication

Report Writing Workshop

Organized crime

Spokesperson training. Defense Communication


Information sources


Routines of specialized journalism in the area. Pios and Correspondents.

Writing techniques. Title. Styles.

Informative, interpretive and opinion genres.

Journalistic genres in Radio and Television.

Drafting. Genders

Journalism and Intelligence. Workshop


Social Networks and Online Communication

Fiction: cinema and series


access requirements

The course is aimed at professionals from the Armed Forces and State Security Corps sector, private security professionals, intelligence analysts, journalists and students interested in acquiring skills and training in the specific area of ​​communication in Defense, Security and Intelligence.

NO degree is required.

Selection criteria

In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of places offered, a selection will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Curriculum Vitae 40%.
  • Belong to State Security Corps and Forces 30%.
  • Accredited experience in the area 30%.

Number of Places: 30/ 10 students

Academic Management and Faculty

Academic direction: Mª. Victoria Campos Zabala

  • Concepcion Anguita Olmedo. UCM
  • Victoria Campos Zabala. URJC
  • Jose Luis Rodriguez. URJC
  • Alfonso Cuadrado Alvarado. URJC
  • Jose Gabriel Fernandez. URJC
  • Ruben Arcos Martin. URJC
  • Jesus Diez Alcaide. National Security Department
  • Concepcion Anguita. UCM. IR teacher
  • Itziar Reinlein. Defense Ministry
  • Belen Cuesta. INDRA, Cybersecurity Dept.
  • Javier Bernabe Fraguas. UCM. IR Professor
  • JJ Vincent. REAL HOME
  • Cristina Arribas Mato

Duration and development

Modality: in-person or

Number of credits: 11 credits

Horas: 105 hours 

Start of the course: 13th September 2024

Course completion: December 20th 2024

Reservation of place and enrollment

Pre-registration period: From June 04, 2024 to September 02, 2024

Enrollment deadline: From September 03, 2024 to September 07, 2024

Title price: 600 €

Possibility of scholarship (if applicable): No

Pre-registration: €0. This amount is included in the total cost of the course and will be returned if your academic request is not accepted. If, once the student's application has been admitted, the enrollment is not formalized, the amount deposited for pre-enrolment will not be returned.

The start of the course is conditioned to the minimum number of students enrolled.

Documentation to attach, forms and place of delivery

the applicants they will present all the scanned documentation, in the formats allowed through the telematic self-registration application at the time of applying for admission to own degrees. They must compulsorily attach to their request the declaration of the person responsible for the veracity of the data provided in digital format.

At any time, both the Program Management and the Own Teaching Service may request the applicants to submit said certified/collated documentation through the General Registry, located on the Móstoles Campus, or in any of the registries assistants located in the different campuses of the Rey Juan Carlos University, or by sending it through Certified Mail to: Rey Juan Carlos University. General Registry. Avda. Tulipán s/n. 28933. Mostoles. Madrid

The student is responsible for the veracity and correctness of the data provided, exonerating the Rey Juan Carlos University from any responsibility and guaranteeing and being responsible for its accuracy, validity and authenticity.

Required documentation:

Students with a degree obtained from a Spanish university or a Higher Education Institution belonging to another Member State of the European Higher Education Area that authorizes access to own postgraduate degrees must present the following documentation:

  • National Identity Document or equivalent
  • University degree of the studies that give access to the requested postgraduate degree.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Responsible declaration of veracity of the data provided in digital format
  • Any other document that the Director of the Own Title specifically requires for its acceptance

Students with a foreign degree must present the following documentation:

  • Passport or Residence Card
  • Foreign Higher Education Degree (Graduate, Graduate, Architect, Engineer Doctor...) that give access to own postgraduate degree studies.
  • Certificate certifying that the studies carried out give access to an Official Postgraduate Degree in your country of origin, issued by the University of origin
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Declaration of the person responsible for the veracity of the data provided in digital format
  • Any other document that the Director of the Own Title specifically requires for its acceptance

Applicants with studies completed in foreign University Centers may be requested at any time a certificate of verification of these studies and centers, issued by an authorized Institution.

All documentation provided must be legalized in accordance with Spanish law and translated by an official translator.