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 in Rabat) which offers the the same curriculum and program as ESJ Paris.
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 in Casablanca.
Main body (master 1):
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 2):
Master 2 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.
- 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, Comores, Portugal, the UK, Spain, Holland, Morocco, Gabon, Mali, Senegal, Russia, Egypt, Djibouti, Switzerland, Italy, as noted in 2009 - 2010).
ESJ Paris has a prep class in both Casablanca (Morocco) and Brussels (Belgium). Opening of a class in Geneva (Switzerland) is scheduled for 2010.
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.
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