Journalism schools are organized. The 14 institutions recognized by the profession have been preparing for several months to organize public real estate to train and hire young journalists. A crucial moment for them who want to ‘discuss with all stakeholders [étudiants, employeurs, formations]“…what are we doing concretely in relation to the challenges of the coming years,” asks Pascal Jenny, CEJ President and Director of IPJ-Dauphine PSL, at a press briefing organized on 1 June.
General Mandates, scheduled for October 3 and 4, is a process that is being organized throughout 2022 in 14 member schools of the Conference of Colleges of Journalism. This action was also funded by France Relance in the amount of €450,000 or 1% of the France Relance envelope intended for the press portion.
The establishment of the CEJ aims in itself to make journalism schools recognized by the profession visible to the general public and to influence public authorities and especially Dgesip. “We want to recognize the special nature of journalistic training,” Pascal Guéni defines.
since the beginning of the year, Several events were organized in the different journalism faculties to discuss concretely the issue of professional integration of journalists. “To date, eight schools have already implemented measures, whether it’s school round tables, workshops or even opinion polls,” defines Arnaud Schwartz, director of the IJBA (Bordeaux-Aquitaine Press Institute).
If the conference brings together schools of different statuses – public and private, associations, universities, etc. – The idea is that the students of all these institutions are considered a homogeneous whole and without discrimination. “We want to create a sense of belonging in students in schools recognized by the profession. Moreover, during a workshop, of students require a student card from journalism colleges recognized by the profession, in particular to be able to carry out reports and interviews within the framework of their studies and without difficulty‘,” identifies Sandy Montanola, Head of Press Training at the IUT of Lannion.
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In view of public real estate, The 14 schools launched a survey of the last four groups of alumni in order to get their vision for the company. More than 30% of graduates answered, which is a high percentage for this type of questionnaire, which also shows the expectations that young graduates may have regarding their professional integration.
With this survey, schools finally provide a picture of the last generation four promotions for students in the School of Journalism. and the results of the survey as well as from the various workshops, It is a clear demand for more diversity in the editorial staff and concrete action against sexism. Young journalists also search for meaning and social utility. And if journalism remains a profession of passion, graduates will no longer be “prepared for anything” and want better, less risky working conditions.
This investigation and this exchange time should also move the lines in newsrooms that sometimes have very complex “old-fashioned management”. “today, Employers must become desirable and newsrooms must clearly change all their practices, especially with regard to diversity but also with regard to sexism,” says Pascal Jenny.
But except for students, journalism schools don’t stop there. They are also launching the “Employer” section of their survey to find out what newsrooms expect of young journalists. “The States General is initiating a strong dynamic in our schools. We want to start a dialogue between the different players in the system: students, coaches and employers. Very quickly, we want to launch concrete actions to improve the integration of young journalists into editors,” concludes Anne Tenezas, Delegate General of the European Court of Justice.