Iñaki Zabaleta Urkiola


Iñaki Zabaleta Urkiola is Professor of Audiovisual Information Theory, Skill and Technology, in the Journalism Department of the University of the Basque Country. He is also director of the research project "European Minority Language Media and Journalism", a Basque language writer and a journalist. He teaches the subjects "Editing and Multimedia Production" and "the History of Journalism".

Lines of research in the last few years

  • Audiovisual media systems, their comparisons and transformations.
    • The Media and journalism in ten minority European languages (Galician, Basque, Catalan, Breton, Corsican, Frisian, Irish, Welsh, Scots-Gaelic and Sami)  
  • The image and coverage of the Basques in the international press.

Most relevant publications

  • Zabaleta, I.; Ferré Pavia, C. , Fernández, I.; Urrutia, S.; Gutiérrez, A.; Xamardo, N. (2015): "The Effect of Digitalization on the Funding of the Media in Minority Language: Ten European Cases". Palabra Clave 18 (1) pp. 131-155
  • http://palabraclave.unisabana.edu.co/index.php/palabraclave.
  • Zabaleta, Iñaki; Ferré-Pavia, Carme; Gutierrez, Arantza; Fernandez, Itxaso; Xamardo, Nikolas (2014): "European minority language media and journalism: Framing their marginal reality". International Communication Gazette. Vol. 76 no. 3 pp. 275-295. http://gaz.sagepub.com
  • Zabaleta, I.; Gutierrez, A.; Ferré-Pavia, C.; Fernandez, I.; Urrutia, S.; Xamardo, N. (2013): "Website Development and Digital Skill: The State of Traditional Media in European Minority Languages". International Journal of Communication. Vol. 7 pp.  1641-1666 (2013). http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc
  • Zabaleta, I.; Xamardo, N.; Gutiérrez, A; Urrutia, S.; Fernández, I. (2013): "Présence d'une absence: l'embauche et le salaire comme facteurs occultant la discrimination envers les femmes journalistes dans les médias européens en langues minoritaires". E-Migrinter. 04/2013;  DOI:10.4000/e-migrinter.487
  • Zabaleta, I.; Fernandez, I.; Ferré-Pavia, C., Gutierrez, A., Xamardo, N. (2013): "Newsgathering and language: Concerns and strategies among European minority language journalists". Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies, 2013 pp. 77-97. http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=220/
  • Zabaleta, Iñaki; N. Xamardo; S. Urrutia; A. Gutiérrez; I. Fernández; C. Ferré (2010): "Between Language support and activism". Journalism Studies, 11:2, 190-208. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616700903290668
  • Zabaleta, Iñaki; N. Xamardo; S. Urrutia; A. Gutiérrez; I. Fernández (2010): "Assessment and comparison of current media and journalism systems in Catalan, Galician and Basque languages". Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies, 2:1, 3-21 Intellect Books
  • Zabaleta, Iñaki; N. Xamardo; S. Urrutia; A. Gutiérrez; y I. Fernández (2008): "Language Development, Knowledge and Use Among Journalists of European Minority Language Media", Journalism Studies, 9:2, 195-211
  • Zabaleta Urkiola, Iñaki (2005): Teoría, técnica e imagen de la información en televisión y radio: sistemas digitales y analógicos. Barcelona: Bosch Comunicación
  • Zabaleta Urkiola, Iñaki (2003): Tecnología de la información audiovisual: sistemas y servicios de la radio y televisión digital y analógica por cable, satélite y terrestre. Barcelona: Bosch  Comunicación

Research projects (last 5 years)

  • " Las redes sociales en los medios de comunicación de las lenguas minoritarias europeas: realidad, usos, estrategias y sinergias". Universidad del Paìs Vasco (2015-2016). IP: Iñaki Zabaleta Urkiola.
  • "Audiencias de los medios de comunicación en lenguas minoritarias europeas: realidad, problemas, contribuciones, roles y nuevos retos". Universidad del Paìs Vasco (2012-2014). IP: Nikolas Xamardo González.
  • "La nueva realidad de los sistemas de medios de comunicación en lenguas minoritarias europeas: Tranformaciones y desafíos tras el impacto de la TV digital, el desarrollo de los cibermedios y la crisis económica. Universidad del Paìs Vasco (2010-2012). IP: Iñaki Zabaleta Urkiola.
  • "Financiación de los medios de comunicación en lenguas minoritarias europeas ante la era digital: análisis de modelos existentes y nuevas estrategias". Universidad del Paìs Vasco (2009-2010). IP: Iñaki Zabaleta Urkiola.

Other activities and recognition

  • Visiting Professor in the University of Iowa (1992); he carried out a doctoral stay in New York (1982-1985), where he produced his doctoral thesis and did a Masters in TV Production and Direction.
  • He is the author of various books related to audiovisual media theory, skill and technology.
  • As a journalist, he directed a series of documentaries (Urak dakarrena); made reports about the Basque Country for CNN; and was Director of the magazine Munduan: Paz y Desarrollo.
  • As a fiction writer, he has published various works in the Basque language (novel, poetry, short stories) and received a number of literary awards.

Research group

  • Media and Journalism in European Minority Languages (HEKA).
  • Team: Iñaki Zabaleta Urkiola (IP), Nikolas Xamardo González, Arantza Gutierrez Paz, Itxaso Fernandez Astobiza, Carme Ferré.