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Our teaching methods

The CFJ is a private, vocational university. We aim to provide our graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to work as journalists in all kinds of media.

Experiential learning

 

Our teaching is based on project work

Professional experience is at the heart of our degree course: our students work on projects, produce editorial content and sometimes broadcast it or check its veracity. They are ‘doers’, and it is through their hands-on practice that they learn the skills which help them bloom.

This is the principle of experiential learning. Students gain know-how through experience. There are no big lectures and no ‘top-down’ approach.

Each class session is run by practicing professionals from the major media channels. There are no ‘permanent’ teaching staff at the CFJ. Professionals come in to share their experience and know-how with students, aiming to reproduce realistic working conditions and challenges.

Our course includes several internships, including one at a regional daily newspaper.

The skills we develop

 

The skills we develop in this context are:

  • Interview basics for journalists
  • The written press
  • The main multimedia channels
  • Making videos for the television and for digital media channels
  • Radio journalism
  • Project work as a sole participant, in a small team, or with the entire school year
  • Ethics, press rights and the media economy
  • Keeping abreast of innovations in the media and updating personal skills

 

During their first year, our students work on the basics of journalism and learn about different media channels.

During their second year, they develop their own profile as journalists, selecting one main media channel as their primary goal and also working on a secondary media.

At the end of their studies, they present a project to a jury of professionals and complete a three-month internship.