La branche britannique de 'ESJ Paris, ESJ Paris Ltd, présente deux sessions de M1/2 de journalisme en anglais, pour la rentrée d'octobre 2016 et celle de janvier 2017, sous la direction de Nita Wiggins, responsable des programmes en anglais à l'ESJ et de Cécile Vrain, responsable des programmes internationaux, à la suite de son programme similaire en français, conduit avec l'Union de la Presse francophone.
ESJ Paris, London-based ESJ Paris Ltd branch, offers e-classes in journalism, in English, graduate and post-graduate levels, in October 2016 and January 2017 (see Journalism, English distance learning classes).
ESJ Paris and ESJ D International
ESJ Paris, a fully-owned subsidiary of ESJ D International, is a privately held French company that has been managed and owned by various personalities, the alumni association and the ESJ Foundation. Since 2006, ESJ Paris is now fully independent.
The Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Paris was created in Paris in the period from 1896 to 1899 by university professors willing to expand education in the social sciences. It holds the distinction as the first school of journalism ever created in the world. ESJ Paris was selected in 2008 as partner school of journalism for various external programs, such as the NATO civil training program in Central Asia and the European Community Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize.
The nearly 130 teachers are full-time journalists and professionals (lawyers, senior civil servants, university lecturers).
In 2008 ESJ D International created a joint-venture with ESJ in Casablanca, now with EMPSI and ILCS in Rabat, which offers the the same curriculum and program as ESJ Paris. Then in Algiers, Tunis, Douala and Dakar.
The ESJ Paris program includes the basics of journalism, media management, written press, deontology and ethics, journalism law, TV, radio broadcasting, photography, web, career strategy, professional software, investigative reporting, foreign correspondence, and technical English.
ESJ Paris Formation is a professional training subsidiary incorporated in 2009 to provide short-session training programs to professionals (medias outlets and general businesses).
ESJ D International opened a branch in Dubai (UAE) in 2010, named ORIENT-ESJ, where the training centers on TV broadcasting and is taught in English and Arabic.
ESJ Paris curricula
Currently, general teaching is 80% in French and 20% in English – plus Arabic wherever concerned.
Main body (master I):
- Two years of specific journalism training
- Admission at +2/+3 level post high school with a limited number of positions
- One-year internal prep school for +1/+0 levels post high school
- Training focuses on graduating polyvalent journalists (press, TV, radio, Internet) but also includes training in photography, investigative reporting, media laws, and other topics
- English is a mandatory part of the training
- A selection process enforces that only students who maintain a certain level can continue the program
- Graduation is a master, level I (« Bologna » system)
- Training includes annually 1500 hours, which includes 500 h of lectures and workshops plus mandatory internships within a media organization (2 periods of 2 months each year).
Specific training programs (master II):
Master II is a very limited group of students in a dual intensive program in journalism for 15 months, having been selected after another graduation (1700 hours of training), plus mandatory media internship of 3 months.
Options are: general journalism, sports journalism, audio-visual/TV journalist and reporter, bilingual journalist.
Coherence with the “Bologna” system
ESJ brings together various graduation systems :
French “classical”: ESJ is a “grande école”, by decree of the Prime Minister, meaning that graduating students get a ”Diplôme de Formation Supérieure en Journalisme”, M1 level.
“Certification of ESJ” through the RNCP (both Ministries of Education and Labor) means also that students graduate in the L3/M1 range.
“LMD/Bologna”: we deliver 60 ECTS each year to students with the main cursus and 20 ECTS through an additional non-mandatory cursus in order to deliver a 240 ECTS/M1 level at graduation, whatever the level of student prior to joining ESJ.
Number of students:
ESJ 1: (L1, prep year): 90 to 100
ESJ 2 (L2): 70 to 80
ESJ 3 (M1): 60 to 70 (20 per specialization: TV, radio or print)
ESJ 4 (M2) general: 20
ESJ 4 (M2) sports: 20
ESJ 4 (M2) TV/Broadcast: 9
ESJ Paris includes around 25% foreign students from all over the world (Belgium, Romania, Qatar, Canada, Algeria, Lebanon, India, Argentina, Japan, Tunisia, China, Comores, Portugal, the UK, Spain, Holland, Morocco, Gabon, Mali, Senegal, Russia, Egypt, Djibouti, Switzerland, Ital).
ESJ Paris has a prep class in both Rabat (Morocco) and Brussels (Belgium).
Exchange programs are currently running with the following schools of journalism:
Griffith College (Dublin, Ireland),
American University (Washington, DC, USA),
Lomonossov University of Moscow (Russia),
University of Geneva (Switzerland),
San Pablo CEU (Madrid, Spain),
University of Sofia (Bulgaria),
John Cabot University (Roma, Italy)
Discussions are underway to set up exchange programs in India, China, Taiwan, Argentina and Turkey.
-ESSEC business school Alumni
-NATO civil training program, Central Asia
-European Commission Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize
-Army/Youth commission of the French Ministry of Defense
-Avid official training center
-Eurosport TV channel training program
-Club de la Presse Arabe, Paris
-Paris Press Club
ESJ International governance
ESJ International's board is composed of:
Dr. Guillaume JOBIN, chairman
Mrs Dr Aïcha LEMTOUNI, Phd
M. Alain FOURMENT, ex-coo of Le Monde press group
M. Patrick WALBAUM, ceo of Turkish Cotton Export Group
M. Derek EL ZEIN, attorney at law
ESJ Paris Alumni
ESJ Alumni Association is based on more than 5,000 alumni from more than 80 countries. The Alumni Association chairman is Pierre DE VILNO, reporter at Europe 1.
ESJ is represented:
- in Paris: Mr. Frederic DUPUIS, director,
- in Brussels: Mr. Julien OEILLET
- in Casablanca: Mr. Badreddine BOUCHOUIRAB,
- in Algeria: Mr. Mahrez RABIA,
ESJ English speaking journalists group
Under the Spotlight: Welcome to Nita WIGGINS, most recently employed in the US by the Fox broadcast group in Dallas, Texas
American journalist Nita Wiggins comes to ESJ Paris after nine years as a sports reporter for KDFW FOX 4 TV in Dallas, Texas. Covering the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL from 1999 until January 2009 fulfilled Nita’s childhood dream. Also during her tenure in Dallas, Nita reported on four of Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France victories. The Augusta, Ga. native worked in Seattle, Wash., Memphis, Tenn. and four other U.S. television markets. Nita initiated a “Study Abroad” program to Senegal for students from her alma mater, Augusta State University. The university, now renamed Georgia Regents Univeristy, sent students to the West African country three times from 2007 to 2011.
Other journalists are : Peter HUMI (formerly with CNN), David CARR-BROWN (Arte France), and Mark DONEN.
ESJ journalism program, part I Theory courses:
Written expression: We believe future journalists must be the archetype of the French-speaking people. Given French is a very demanding language, we provide classes where students are pushed to avoid orthographic, pronunciation and construction mistakes.
Cultural press: Cultural press incorporates both practice and theory. The theoretical side consists of testing students on up-to-date on cultural news. They are also urged to go to museums, concerts, live performances and then share their experiences verbally.
Internet: This course is designed to present third-year students with new forms of journalism. It exclusively concentrates on the concept of web-documentaries. Students watch and analyze them. The goal is for them to eventually film their own web-documentaries.
French institutions: This course provides prospective journalists with general knowledge on the way French institutions function. They will understand the specifics of French democracy and the amount of power that is given to its high representatives. This course also provides them with general knowledge on the passing of bills.
Politics: Politics plays a significant part in the French national debate. It is also one of the most challenging branches of journalism. Journalists’ objectivity and independence from politcal influence are always tested. During this class, students dissect the political stakes and issues. They learn to navigate through the various aspects of political news to retain what is relevant.
European affairs: The continuation of the European construction is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Students are provided with a roadmap of what Europe has accomplished and what is still left to be done. This course gives priority to the French-German prtnership.
Geopolitics: The program of geopolitics depends on burning news. Students take advantage of this class to understand the deep issues that lead and have led to the current conflicts taking place all around the world.
History: The program is a combination of basic historical knowledge and historical facts that are being brought to light by the current developments. Students learn about the essential historical events and they learn how to analyze them through a journalist's lense.
Sociology: Sometimes focusing on media events, sometimes on general issues, the sociology class makes students think more about human representation and behavior. They go into essential questions that are still current in the 21st century in depth (work, family, religions, environment, male and female relations, place of women in society, among other topics).
History of the media: This course starts with the genesis of press and retraces its course from its early days and first major developments to its current mutations.
Media law: This course is about teaching prospective journalists the legal guarantees of their future job.
Deontology/Ethics: This course teaches the limits and demands of journalism, notably concerning the journalistic code and the protection of sources, which are highly respected aspects of the profession in France.
Religions: The cohabitation of the three principle religions is among the main 21st century themes. Students mainly focus on Christianity, Islam and Judaism. They review the common points and differences in order to better think about how religion conditions the action of certain governments, groups or communities.
Global media: Global media is a class during which students begin to look at information not just with a French or Western viewpoint. They interest themselves in what goes on beyond the borders of the Western World and find out what information can become relevant to global citizens.
English: The English course focuses on improving written and spoken communication. Students learn to make the sensitive, appropriate, and colorful choices of words and phrases. They practice the oral expression of important ideas and concepts. They also learn to market themselves to an English-speaking media outlet, by describing and discussing their professional objectives and experiences.
ESJ journalism program, part II Practical courses:
Radio, TV and Press workshops: Starting in their first year at the ESJ Paris, students become familiar with the specifics of each form of journalism. They learn to adapt a story to the media broadcasting it. They learn the rules that are inherent to print, television and radio journalism. In order to be efficient in any kind of editorial room, students are taught to present radio and television journals, to write informative, polished articles and to write or edit video reports.
Web press: As the Internet is becoming a major factor in the practice of journalism, students are taught how to master it. They learn the specific ways to write a web article and how to understand the economic model of an information website. Moreover, the course prepares them to work for the website of a radio, television or press organization.
Photo workshops: This course is designed to help students take publishable pictures. This course is especially important for those wishing to become photojournalists or war reporters. Students learn to frame, to use proper lighting and to shoot photos from the right distances.
Editing: Starting in Year-Two, editing classes help students discover the handling of a camera. They learn to film and frame properly and then to edit the footage on the latest commercial software. At the end of Year-Two, they must be capable of filming an entire two-minute long news package, which includes the interviews, the suppororting video, natural sound and additional sound effects, and the reporter's voice track.
Radio set-up: This workshop is only attended by third-year students who specialize in radio journalism. They learn to register short radio reports adding music, interviews or comments. It helps them be creative in a short amount of time and get familiar with the rush that is part of a journalist’s work.
Reporting: This workshop is only attended by third-year students who specialize in radio journalism. It focuses on information collection and how it is broadcast on radio. Students have to produce two-minute long reports presenting the facts. They learn to lead an interview, cut it, and add comments so that it fits into a window of time.
Internet workshops: After having been introduced to the concept of web-documentaries, third-year students choose the topic and angle of their web-documentaries. They will bring new interviews, photos and/or video footage to each session of the workshop. The journalist will consult with the professor before beginning the editing process.
Editorial conference & Press Review & Debate: The same class is divided in three sectors that complete one another. During editorial conference, students pick out information they think is relevant and important in the daily news. Press review is about keeping an eye on the work of the press. It trains them to keep themselves informed and to learn to analyze information and make decisions about it. They must be able to present verbally what they have read or heard in the media. Debates are a way for students to open their minds and have feelings towards information they are often told not to judge. They take advantage of debates to express their opinions, but their expressions have to be supported with documentation and solid arguments.
Oral expression: Oral expression is generally taught by drama professors or actors. They are free to decide on the content of their programs. The idea is to teach a class different from the others, with more communication, improvisation and staging.
Cultural press: Cultural press is both a practical and theory class. The practical side consists of getting students to write portraits, opinion papers on art, live performances or major cultural events. It is a way to acquaint them with following cultural news, a job skill which is often overlooked within an academic program.
Regional press: This module is designed to familiarize students with what is the largest hiring sector of French press. They learn to adapt their editorial choices to the reader, to write for a specific and limited public, and to empathize with the reader’s expectations and concerns.
Sports press: This module is designed to familiarize students with specialized press. They learn to write for a specific and demanding public. They have to be able to use sports vocabulary.
School and community life: The grade for participation in school life is a bonus. Its goal is to determine if a student is committed to balancing school activities with attending significant events off-campus. The activities can range from volunteering to host the open-door days to representing the school on television shows or at other external events.
*Internships: At the ESJ Paris, we value the importance of field work. We believe prospective journalists must be prepared to overcome the challenges of what is an unpredictable profession. Therefore, we believe newsrooms remain the best places to learn the essence of the job. Each year, all students go through a minimum two-month internship. Not only does it provide each one with an invaluable experience, but it also gives real job experience to the resume.
*Conferences: First- and second-year students at ESJ Paris benefit from high-quality, two-hour conferences, which take place once a week. It is an opportunity for them to hear the stories of media, political, intellectual or business figures. Each conference is divided into two parts: a first-half during which the guests express themselves, a second-half for the students to ask questions. Each conference is filmed and edited by a second-year or third-year student.