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Conference: 40 years of change in the journalism and communication professions in the digital age

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.

  • 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.

    Participants:

    • 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

    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 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.

    Azzeddine Ahmed-Chaouch

    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.

    Alexandre Joux

    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

    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...).

    Jean-Marie Leforestier

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    Peggy Molina

    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.

Round Table: 40 years of change in journalism
Round table: 40 years of change in communication
Testimony of Cécile SAVIN, M2 RECICOM (2019-2020)
Testimony of Joffrey DUTTO, Media Consultant - Bachelor Info-com & Master CCNC (2015-2018)
Testimony of Guillaume FAIVRE, Journalist - Master 2 Information-Communication (2011)
Testimony of Jérôme Cabane, M2 Information & communication, specialization in digital content (2012-2013)
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Magali Barthès Barbéro
Formation
Journalist - Master Journalism
Promotion
2004-2006

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

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Magali Barthès Barbéro
Formation
Journalist - Master Journalism
Promotion
2004-2006

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.

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Marie Marques
Formation
Journalist - Master Journalism
Promotion
1985-1987

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 independence of spirit, a taste for "the other" and, above all, the possibility of moving the lines, simply by staying close to things thanks to […] Read more

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Marie Marques
Formation
Journalist - Master Journalism
Promotion
1985-1987

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 independence of spirit, a taste for "the other" and, above all, the possibility of moving the lines, 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. 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.

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Julien Achour
Formation
Master New Technologies and Strategic Information
Promotion
2000-2005

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

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Julien Achour
Formation
Master New Technologies and Strategic Information
Promotion
2000-2005

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 the time, we were in charge of organizing the school's 20th anniversary. We ended up in the bazaar, in a funny state lol.

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Alice Wolter
Formation
Master COMED B
Promotion
2020-2022

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 speakers from various professions as well as the possibility of doing intern […] Read more

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Alice Wolter
Formation
Master COMED B
Promotion
2020-2022

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 speakers from various professions as well as the possibility of doing internships. This allowed us to capitalize on experience, which is essential for our future job search. With my diploma in hand, I was able to enter the world of work with confidence!

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Floriane Pecoul
Formation
Master RECICOM
Promotion
2018-2020

After obtaining my degree in international trade, I knew very quickly that I wanted to go into communication. 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 go into, […] Read more

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Floriane Pecoul
Formation
Master RECICOM
Promotion
2018-2020

After obtaining my degree in international trade, I knew very quickly that I wanted to go into communication. 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 go into, 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 that surrounds us. 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 professors and professionals, passionate about their work and who manage to captivate an entire room on current topics. To sum up, if you want to specialize in communication and media, the school is for you!

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Evi Basile-Commaille
Formation
Doctorate in Information and Communication Sciences

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

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Evi Basile-Commaille
Formation
Doctorate in Information and Communication Sciences

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 exciting 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 realize several professional and research projects.

I validated my Master's degree through continuing education, i.e. in connection with Pôle Emploi, and thanks to a financing from the 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 theIMSIC (Institut Méditerranéen des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication) and its axis 3 ("Immersions et influences numériques-médiatiques : productions-écritures, réceptions-expériences"). These years are also the opportunity to pass "on the other side": from student, to become an instructor and thus give courses to students during 2 years. In 2019, I will submit 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 benevolence 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.

I had come to Marseille to stay for 2 years in order to obtain my master 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).

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Samuel Azemard
Formation
Master's degree in Journalism with a specialization in Radio
Promotion
President of the BDE for the 2021-2022 school year

This school has given me so much, that I had to give back to it. 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 of the region, how could I refuse to […] Read more

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Samuel Azemard
Formation
Master's degree in Journalism with a specialization in Radio
Promotion
President of the BDE for the 2021-2022 school year

This school has given me so much, that I had to give back to it. 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 of the region, how could I refuse to join? 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 effectifs, guarantees personalized 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 broken down 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 by newsrooms. Once in the 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 wear 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 specialization 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 effectifs, the teaching staff and speakers are very attentive. We are a force of proposal as in a real 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 to go for it. I have absolutely no regrets. I felt at home in my class, and in confidence with the speakers. I encourage all future journalists to apply.

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