Journalists, students, and researchers: 3 groups, 3 days in one place. The example of French “Assises internationales du journalisme et de l’information”.
Supported by all stakeholders of the profession, the event Assises du Journalisme gathers schools, journalists, and researchers once a year in France. It is meant to be a place of exchange and reflection on journalism and its practices, independent of any supervision. Open to journalists and publishers, students and teachers, researchers, but especially to the citizens.
This tipsheet refers to point no. 10 in the IJIE State of the Art report:
“Promote an annual European conference of schools of journalism where staff, journalists and researchers from different countries could meet, exchange and debate about the issues related to the training of journalists in a digital technological environment."
The following section is based on the example of “Assises du journalism”, an annual French conference that associates professional journalists, journalism students, researchers, and the audience. The recommendations would like to bring forth a reflection on French practices that could be extended to other countries.
The “Assises” is an initiative of a French association named “Journalisme et citoyenneté” (Journalism and citizenship), directed by the former ombudsman of Radio France Jerôme Bouvier, a journalist very close to ethical and educational questions. The “Assises” were created to define the conditions for the production of quality information in France in the 21st century.
The ”Assises” are open to journalists, researchers in communication and journalism, students in journalism, and to all the citizens interested in these issues.
For the last two years, this manifestation was in partnership with Obsweb (Observatory of webjournalism), which is a project supported by the Centre for Research on mediation (CREM), University of Metz in Lorraine and leant on the Master Journalism and Digital Media. Students of this master publish an online magazine about this manifestation and cover all the sessions of the Assises. Web site: http://obsweb.net/mag/
How to organise such an event at the international level, and by whom?
Programme for 2013 of the Master in Journalism and Digital Media, at University of Lorraine:
The special version of the Assises in March 2015, about to the aftermaths of the Charlie Hebdo killings: "Les leçons de Charlie"
Jérôme Bouvier, one of the initiators of the “Assises”
“The public’s confidence crisis with the media can only be resolved with the public, so dialogue between journalists, publishers, and citizens is important.”
“We conceived “Assises” as a moment of coming together. It means that the numerous tribes composing the profession (…) gather, as in the case of other professions, and debate the ways in which we work; what we propose to the public; how to think the profession.”
OJIM, “Entretien avec Jérôme Bouvier”, 21 December, 2014, online: http://www.ojim.fr/entretien-avec-jerome-bouvier-organisateur-des-assises-du-journalisme-ojim-claude-chollet/
Extracts from the competition for J-students: “10 ideas for reinventing journalism”
Here are some answers to the question: For reinventing journalism, my ideas are:
“To be inspired by TV series. Not in order to produce fiction, but in order to assume that journalists are creating stories, using the codes of fiction, creating suspense across platforms.”
Clémence Fulleda, journalism student, CFJ
“To have a regular conference on innovation in each newsroom as it’s usual concerning the daily news. A common reflection on its daily content production could contribute to thinking of new ways to do journalism.”
Ludovic Chataing, journalism student, Université de Lorraine
“The problem of journalism today is the lack of confidence in the public. My idea would be to introduce transparency in journalism practices, thanks to ‘black boxes’ placed at the end of each online article showing how the journalist proceeded.”
Vincent Manilève, journalism student, Université de Cergy-Pontoise