On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Aix-Marseille School of Journalism and Communication (EJCAM), the Institut Méditerranéen des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication (IMSIC) and EJCAM collaborates to reflect on the evolution of the journalism and communication professions, which are at the heart of their respective concerns. On this occasion, research and pedagogy have proposed a joint reflection, completed and resolutely oriented towards students, alumni, professionals and researchers.
The last forty years have seen profound changes in the professions of journalism, communication and the media. While communication has found its place in all sectors and institutions (associations, companies, public services, etc.), journalism has been particularly affected by the emergence of the web and the widespread publication of information online. Thus, the professions that EJCAM trains for have also evolved considerably.
As a major actor in training in these sectors, in Marseille and in France, the School of Journalism and Communication has been able to accompany these changes over time. These forty years, and the addition of the IMSIC, now the third largest national laboratory in Information and Communication Sciences, have also modified the links between teaching and research. Thus, this celebration of EJCAM's 40th anniversary was an opportunity to take stock of these changes, to look back at the progress made, and to look forward to the future.
This event took place on Friday, September 30, 2022 at EJCAM.
Videos of talks and speeches
Workshops with alumni
Testimonials from former students
16:15 : Introductory conference by the President of the EJCAM Board, Jean-Clément Texier
Philippe Boccara, Senior reporter/editor in chief (France Info) and head of radio training at EJCAM, moderated the two round tables that followed.
16h30 - 17h30 : Round table 1 " Forty years of journalism, permanence and transformations ".
This first round table brought together IMSIC researchers and journalists, former students of the school. The roundtable aimed to explore several themes such as misinformation and fake news; the evolution of the relationship of mistrust with the public; and the changes in the profession related to the publication of information online.
- Julien Benedetto, Journalist-presenter, France Télévisions
- Azzeddine Ahmed-Chaouch, Journalist-reporter, Quotidien show, TMC
- Alexandre Joux, former Director of EJCAM, University Professor and specialist in news media
- Jean-Marie Leforestier, Journalist, Marsactu
- Béatrice Nivois, Director of Antennas and Content at France 3 PACA
- Mathilde Vinceneux, Journalist, France Inter
17h30 - 18h30 : Round table 2 " Forty years of communication, permanence and transformations ".
This second round table questioned the evolution of a sector that has become deeply embedded in all areas of society over the past few decades. Several IMSIC researchers put these evolutions into perspective, particularly in two directions: communication around sustainable development and persuasive communication. This round table was completed by professional speakers, former students of EJCAM who put these topics and their experiences into perspective.
The participants :
- Sabri Derradji, Press officer - in charge of public relations, FNSEA
- Céline Pascual-Espuny, University Professor, Deputy director of the IMSIC laboratory
- Marie-Pierre Fourquet-Courbet, University Professor, EJCAM-IMSIC
- Peggy Molina, Director of Communication and Territorial Marketing, Montélimar Agglomeration
6:30 - 7:00 pm: Closing session
Closing speech highlighting the main features of the school since its creation and its role in improving the professional integration of students, particularly in the PACA region.
- Eric Berton, President of Aix-Marseille University
- Didier JAU, Mayor of the 4th and 5th districts of Marseille
- Pauline Amiel, Director of EJCAM
7:00 pm: Festive evening
A buffet was proposed to continue the exchanges and the evening
Round table 1 "Forty years of journalism, permanence and transformations
Julien Benedetto obtained his Master's degree in Journalism from the Marseille School of Journalism and Communication (EJCM) in 2003.
After short periods of work experiences at La Voix du Nord, France Bleu Nord and France 3 Lille, he made his first reports for the 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. newscasts of France 2 in the "society" and "investigations and reports" departments (news). In 2004 and 2005, he presented the sports column in the program Télématin.
Between 2005 and 2016, he covered major sporting events for the 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. newscasts: Beijing Olympics, Vancouver Olympics, London Olympics, Sochi Olympics, Rio Olympics, Euro 2012, 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Euro 2016 in France, Tour de France, Roland-Garros, 6 Nations Tournament, Dakar, Davis Cup, World Ski Championships and Route du Rhum. Between 2010 and 2016, Julien Benedetto is a regular presenter of the news at 7 am and 8 am in the program Télématin.
In December 2010, he received a golden microphone for a report made at the Vancouver Olympics. In December 2012, he received a golden microphone for a report made at the London Olympic Games.
Since January 2022, Julien Benedetto hosts the 2:00 pm / 4:00 pm news on the Franceinfo channel. He is also a regular news presenter for the 13 h of France 2. He has the particularity of having presented, as a regular journalist, almost all the editions of the news of France Televisions: Télématin, 13 h and 20 h on France 2 but also 12/13 and Soir 3 on France 3.
Graduated from EJCAM in 2006 (EJCM at the time), Azzeddine Ahmed-Chaouch joined Le Parisien-Aujourd'hui en France after winning the Pascale Gérin Prize (Best intern of the summer 2016). He did his training in the very formative "news" department where he covered, in particular, the Courjault affair known as the "frozen babies". He then joined the brand new "web" service and revealed the famous "Casse-toi pov' con" video on the site. Afterwards, he integrated the political service where he covers the news of the extreme right, fueled by the succession of Jean-Marie Le Pen in the FN party.
In 2009, M6 hires him to join the new team that will launch the first evening newscast of the channel "19-45". In charge of the political and "police-justice" news, he reveals with his colleague François Vignolle the "Zahia" affair. In 2015, he joined the program "Le Supplément" on Canal + and then "Quotidien" on TMC presented by Yann Barthès (produced by the company Bangumi).
During these 16 years, in these different editorial offices, he was able, in parallel, to publish four books: Le Testament du Diable (on Le Pen), la France du Djihad, OM, Premier pour toujours and very recently Dossier V13 (PLON) on the trial of the November 13 attacks.
Azzeddine Ahmed-Chaouch has a degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in Journalism. He is a great supporter of Olympic de Marseille.
After studying philosophy and after obtaining a PhD degree in information and communication sciences at the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Alexandre Joux was a project manager at the Media Development Department of the French Prime Minister. He then joined the Forum d'Avignon as Director, accompanying its development during its first four editions (2008 to 2011). He was then director of the EJCAM (2012-2022) where he is currently responsible for the masters in partnership with Science Po Aix and the RECICOM master. His research focuses on the economics of information and cultural industries, particularly in the context of convergence and internationalization, on the evolution of journalism and disinformation. Alexandre Joux is in charge of the IMSIC Marseille's Axis 4 "Transformations of journalism and media environments". He is also a founding member of La Revue européenne des médias, published by the University of Paris 2, and sits on the editorial board of the journal Hermès and the journal Les cahiers du journalisme.
Alexandra Ducamp graduated from the EJCAM's Master of Journalism program in 2003. She works at La Provence, where she has held various employment positions in Marseille and in the regions, in reporting and management.
She was notably deputy editor in Aix-en-Provence (management of a team of 10 people, editorial mission focused on the coverage of political news and major cultural events). She has been a journalist in the society division for three years, two of which were entirely dedicated to the coverage of the covid-19 pandemic in all its aspects (health, politics...).
Graduated from EJCAM in 2011, Jean-Marie Leforestier is now the editor-in-chief of the Marseille-based investigative newspaper Marsactu. After working for several local newspapers, he specializes in investigative reporting and political news.
Mathilde Vinceneux is a journalist in the Police-Justice department of France Inter, and has previously worked for several radio stations: Radio France, France Info and France Bleu in several regions. Winner of the François Chalais Young Reporter Award, in the Radio Category, in 2018, she obtained her Master's Degree in Journalism at EJCAM, that same year.
Round table 2 "Forty years of communication, permanence and transformations
Sabri Derradji has been in charge of press relations at the Fédération nationale des syndicats d'exploitants agricoles (FNSEA) for the past two years. Sabri Derradji has a double degree in Public Communication from the Marseille School of Journalism and Sciences-Po Aix. He holds a Master's degree in Information Management: communication, lobbying, media.
In parallel, he undertook his studies while he was a municipal councilor of the city of Manosque, delegated to the associative life. He has a professional experience as a reporter of images at France 3 Marseille and at the local Corsican TV. He also worked in the communication department of the Prefect of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, as communication advisor in 2018, delegated to internal communication and press relations.
Since 2020, at the FNSEA, he has held the position of Press Attaché to President Christiane Lambert (top 100 most quoted public figures in the media) and is responsible for press relations of the network of this organization in Paris.
He is also an active and touring actor.
Céline Pascual-Espuny is a University Professor of Information and Communication Sciences at Aix-Marseille University. For over twenty years, her research has focused on changes related to sustainable development and environmental issues in general. She is also co-director of the IMSIC research laboratory (Institut Méditerranéen en Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication, EA 7492), where she co-directs axis 2: Communications and organizations, actions - innovations and societal and public values. At the national and international level, she co-manages the Study and Research Group on Communication, Environment, Science and Society.
Marie-Pierre Fourquet-Courbet is a university professor in Information and Communication Sciences (ICS) at Aix-Marseille University. After studies in Management Sciences and professional experience in the fields of marketing and communication, she obtained a DEA and then a PhD in Information and Communication Sciences, with a co-direction in Social Psychology, in 2000. In 2010, she obtained a Habilitation to Supervise Research in CIS.
After having been a lecturer at the University of Avignon for more than 10 years, she joined EJCAM as a University Professor in 2013. She is in charge of the Master's degree in "Event Communication and Digital Media, Digital Media Option". Researcher at the Mediterranean Institute of Information and Communication Sciences (IMSIC, EA 7492), her work focuses on media and digital communication, media and new media.
Director of communication and territorial marketing for Montélimar-Agglomération, Peggy Molina has 25 years of experience in institutional and political communication, 15 years of project management and 10 years of expertise in territorial marketing.
Previously, she successively held the position of Head of the Territorial Attractiveness and Image Development Department, Director of Communications at the Carry-le-Rouet Town Hall, Parliamentary Attaché at the National Assembly, Teacher at the Aix-Marseille Academy in Aix-en-Provence and Head of External Relations at the Plan Créatif agency in Paris.
Peggy Molina holds a Master 2 in Attractiveness and Territorial Marketing from the Institute of Public Management and Territorial Governance and a Master 2 in Journalism, option New Technologies of Information and Communication (2006) from EJCAM.
January 19, 2023 : Meeting with Lionel Paoli, political reporter and editorialist for the entire Nice-Matin Group
November 21, 2022: Meeting with Azzeddine Ahmed-Chaouch, Journalist-reporter, Program Quotidien, TMC
September 30, 2022: Meeting with Julien Benedetto, Journalist, News Presenter, France Télévisions
The school was still called EJCM when I graduated in 2006. I spent two beautiful years there, completed by internships at France Télévisions, to which I dedicated my thesis, "What place for the public service in the media coverage of sports? Study of the Stade 2 program". I would like to take this opportun […] Read more
The school was still called EJCM when I graduated in 2006. I spent two beautiful years there, completed by internships at France Télévisions, to which I dedicated my thesis, "What place for the public service in the media coverage of sports? Study of the Stade 2 program". I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marc Bassoni, who was my internship supervisor and who advised me in the writing of my thesis. His economics classes fascinated me, as did Benoit d'Aiguillon's classes on the history of television. There were 12 of us in our master's class in Journalism info com and I had as friends Gao Ke, Thomas Delage and Pierre Nebouy, with whom I am still in contact. The EJCM also allows us to create links! Today, I am a journalist for the magazine La Nouvelle Equipe Française, created by Lucie Faure and Robert Aron and republished last November by the grandson of Lucie and Edgar Faure, Rodolphe Oppenheimer.
I left the Trans-Mediterranean Communication Center (TMCC) in 1987. Thirty-five years later, I would say that the school of journalism changed my life. I learned the spirit of independence, I developed an interest for others and, above all, the opportunity to make a difference, simply by staying close to t […] Read more
I left the Trans-Mediterranean Communication Center (TMCC) in 1987. Thirty-five years later, I would say that the school of journalism changed my life. I learned the spirit of independence, I developed an interest for others and, above all, the opportunity to make a difference, simply by staying close to things thanks to the quest for the right word and tone.
For twenty years, I worked as a writer, mostly in the fields of architecture, landscape, art and design. I also practice photography and make ethnographic videos. I am therefore an artist-author, and as such a member of the SAIF (French copyright collective management organisation). I also undertook a training of proofreader-editor which will allow me to continue working for a long time. I have never liked retirement.
With the complicity of Jean Baudrillard, I also created Pôle Nord - Pôle Sud - Équateur, the association which produces Écritures de la Terre, the book of immaterial art written by French-speaking teenagers around their cultural heritages, which I have been producing ever since. Écritures de la Terre is sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture and Foreign Affairs.
This portrait dates from the summer of 2000. It was taken with my Minox by Sabine Weiss, while I was visiting her in Grimaud. Recently deceased, she was the last representative of the French humanist photography movement.
EJCAM helped me, 17 years ago, to develop a spirit of curiosity about new media, information and communication technologies and the ability to work in a team. I had the chance to collaborate with the staff of this school and to work there during my studies, allowing me to better understand the functioning […] Read more
EJCAM helped me, 17 years ago, to develop a spirit of curiosity about new media, information and communication technologies and the ability to work in a team. I had the chance to collaborate with the staff of this school and to work there during my studies, allowing me to better understand the functioning of a network. Now, within the Decathlon group, I contribute to guaranteeing a second life to hundreds of thousands of sports products by deploying a digital and global strategy. This would not have been possible without the assets I developed at this school, with classmates who became my best friends and who will be, this summer, the witnesses of my wedding with Audrey, also from this class.
At that time, we were in charge of organising the school's 20th anniversary. We ended up in the bazaar, in a funny state lol.
I joined the Master of Information Communication COMED B, following a reconversion. This course allowed me to find my way, thanks to the richness of the theoretical courses, the effectiveness of the many practical courses given by teachers from various professions as well as the possibility of doing intern […] Read more
I joined the Master of Information Communication COMED B, following a reconversion. This course allowed me to find my way, thanks to the richness of the theoretical courses, the effectiveness of the many practical courses given by teachers from various professions as well as the possibility of doing internships. This allowed me to capitalize on experience, which is essential for my future job search. With my diploma, I was able to enter the workplace with confidence!Linkedin
After obtaining my degree in international trade, I knew very quickly that I wanted to pursue my career in the communication field. The School of Journalism and Communication of Aix-Marseille appeared to be an obvious choice in terms of public training in the area. Not knowing which communication specialit […] Read more
After obtaining my degree in international trade, I knew very quickly that I wanted to pursue my career in the communication field. The School of Journalism and Communication of Aix-Marseille appeared to be an obvious choice in terms of public training in the area. Not knowing which communication speciality I wanted to choose, I made several requests for training within the school (event management, digital, research...). I was finally accepted in RECICOM. This training was, for me, a real chance to discover certain concepts of communication and to deepen my current knowledge. The richness of this master's degree lies in its wide range of courses which encompass both the theoretical aspect, with studies of authors' research and communication models, and the practical aspect with a real education about media, campaigns and communication techniques. This training allowed me to better understand the media world. I no longer have the same view of the information I read or hear, whether on television or in the press. I think it is very important to underline this point, at a time when information is transmitted very quickly, in an ultra-connected world.
Moreover, thanks to the various situations of creation of communication campaigns, I was able to start in the active life by having solid references. There is an undeniable quality in the panel of teachers and professionals, passionate about their work and who manage to captivate an entire room on current topics. To sum up, if you want to specialise in communication and media, the school is for you!Linkedin
I arrived in Marseille in 2013, then European Capital of Culture, to start my Master's degree in Communication (Advanced Studies in Communication and Media - Societal and Digital Innovations, E-COM), after a degree in Political Science in Montpellier. Between 2013 and 2015, I validated my Master 1 and Mast […] Read more
I arrived in Marseille in 2013, then European Capital of Culture, to start my Master's degree in Communication (Advanced Studies in Communication and Media - Societal and Digital Innovations, E-COM), after a degree in Political Science in Montpellier. Between 2013 and 2015, I validated my Master 1 and Master 2 at EJCAM. During these two years, I had the pleasure to listen to interesting lectures in theory and methodology of ICS (Information and Communication Sciences), on media and society, in writing (web, journalistic), in media economics, in general culture and to realise several professional and research projects.
I validated my Master's degree through continuing education, i.e. in connection with Pôle Emploi (french Employment Centre), and thanks to a funding from the South Region for the registration fees. After the research thesis in Master 2, two of my professors suggested that I should continue with a doctorate. My thesis director, Marie-Pierre Fourquet-Courbet (EJCAM-IMSIC), accompanied me in this process of preparation for the doctoral competition (which I obtained!) and then during my 4 years as a young researcher at the IMSIC (Mediterranean Institut for Information and Communication Sciences) and its axis 3 "Immersions and digital-media influences: productions-writings, receptions-experiences". These years are also the opportunity to see the other side : from student, to become an instructor and thus give courses to students during 2 years. In 2019, I submitted my thesis entitled "Communication against violence against women. From the creation to the reception process of gender diverting devices" (online). This has been one of the most powerful moments I have experienced to date, intellectually and emotionally. I would like to thank my thesis director for her kindness and her excellent academic qualities during the follow-up of my doctoral research. We continue, moreover, to work together, via my postdoctoral contract at InCIAM (Institut Créativité et Innovations d'Aix-Marseille), which deals with public campaigns of the State against sexist and sexual violence, and via a collective research, the study "Com-Covid-19", benefiting from an ANR and InCIAM Amidex funding and dealing with the uses of the media and the regulation of emotions during the Covid-19 pandemic.In January 2023, I was recruited as a researcher at the University of Clermont Auvergne and the Communication and Societies laboratory. I am working on the research: Receptions and Impacts of Communication Devices concerning the awreness raising of High School Girls to Science.
I had come to Marseille to stay for 2 years in order to obtain my master degree in Information-Communication. I finally stayed 8 years at EJCAM and IMSIC, and I obtained two degrees (master and doctorate) and two work contracts (doctoral and post-doctoral).Linkedin
This school has given me so much, that I had to return the favour. That's why I got involved in the life of the school, within the BDE.
EJCAM was very quickly an obvious choice for me. First of all, having all the teaching of a recognized school with the advantages that the region offers, how could […] Read more
This school has given me so much, that I had to return the favour. That's why I got involved in the life of the school, within the BDE.
EJCAM was very quickly an obvious choice for me. First of all, having all the teaching of a recognized school with the advantages that the region offers, how could I refuse to study at EJCAM? Secondly, Marseille was an obvious choice. For journalism, it's an extraordinary city! The richness of its streets, the diversity of its neighborhoods and the associative world that stems from it, provide a rich playground for young journalists in the making.
EJCAM, thanks to its small number of students, guarantees personalised pedagogical support. During these two years of the master's program, I really felt supported by both the lecturers and the school's staff. The way the timetable is organised allows for the right balance between theoretical and practical courses. The equipment is up to the eﬀectives present at EJCAM. All students can use both microphones in radio and cameras in TV. The editing software is the same as that used in newsrooms. Once on internship, we are absolutely not lost.
Personally, I have lived these two years with great happiness. I chose the radio specialty by default because I didn't want to transport the TV equipment. However, this second year in radio was extraordinary because even if I had no interest in this format, I learned a lot. The rigor, the speed and the editing are elements that will serve me well for any format. One might also wonder why there is no specialisation in print or web media. The courses in these areas are maintained regardless of the specialty. This allows for versatility in all formats.
Finally, at EJCAM, thanks to these small number of students, the teaching staff and teachers are very attentive. We are proactive as in an editorial office. As soon as we have a project, we can propose it and if it is feasible from a material point of view, the school is the first party to carry it out. I have absolutely no regrets. I felt at home in my class, and in confidence with the teachers. I encourage all future journalists to apply.