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How to integrate a school of journalism

The oral is crucial for aspiring journalists who want to succeed in the entrance exam of a school. How to seduce the jury? What are the pitfalls to avoid? the

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How to integrate a school of journalism

The oral is crucial for aspiring journalists who want to succeed in the entrance exam of a school. How to seduce the jury? What are the pitfalls to avoid?

the oral, the jury of schools of journalism assesses the candidate's motivation. "They have not done an internship before the contest is a handicap," says Jules, a 25-year-old, who has managed the support of the CFJ (Paris) at the second attempt. "The first time, I had a vision a little out of the reality of the business." Show that one takes pleasure in interviewing small shopkeepers, is always more appreciated than projected by Robert Redford in the Men of The president.

Have a precise idea of the trade

"The interview is intended to measure the awareness of the reality of the job candidates, to ensure that they do not have fantasies, but also that they are mature," confirms Benoît Califano, director of ESJ pro Montpellier, who only recruits in alternation, with a different arrangement of one of the 14 schools recognized by the profession. Here, the candidates spend in effect a oral motivation by telephone, in advance of the written test.

how to Make her personality an asset

Julie Joly, director of the CFJ, advised to prepare questions "on the media industry, the various trades, issues, mergers, new media". The many elements which allow to verify that the candidate is familiar with the area. However, "it is better to accept its shortcomings and doubts, rather than to show themselves arrogant in giving ready-made answers", puts it in guard.

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The interview often starts with a presentation of the self. The candidate should focus the conversation on your strengths and ensure to stay consistent in relation to his choices and his career. Another important element, to convince the jury of his motivation, showing a particular interest for the school in question. Treat its argument allows you to avoid the mistakes. "If a candidate believes that the school is recent, or that he told us that he wants to do only the written press while our training is based on the cross-media, it is a bad item," says the director of the CFJ.

Master news

If it remains important to follow the news and be able to answer specific questions for the written tests, it is also true for the oral! "We must continue to be logged at the info," advises Julie Joly. Listen to loop a string of info in a continuous D-day, prepare to do a news flash with the news of the day are good ways to prepare.

a Last advice, do not do too much side dress. "You need to be dressed as if we were going to do an interview!", suggests the director of the CFJ. The suit, a strict suit and the dress of tourists are therefore to be avoided.

The curriculum recognized by the profession

Fourteen courses have the recognition of the CPNEJ (Commission paritaire nationale for the employment of journalists). Issued for five years, it ensures the quality of training and adaptation to the needs of professionals.

Some organizations are public:

Celsa and IFP (Paris),

Cuej (Strasbourg),

Ejcam (Marseille),

EJDG (Grenoble),

UBA (Bordeaux),

the IUT of Lannion, Nice-Côte d'azur and Towers.

other are private:

CFJ and IPJ (Paris),

EJT (Toulouse),

the ES J Lille.

And the School of journalism Sciences po, Paris, which has a special status.

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Accessible on a competitive basis to highly selective (5% to 10% success), these formations have strengths the versatility and professionalization. The IUT to recruit at the graduate level. The curriculum is possible in a year in Tours. Other schools recruit from a bac + 2 or bac + 3, and issue a diploma at bac + 5.

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