The CFJ is a private, not-for-profit school, and is considered an association under French law. Our running costs are financed entirely by the ‘taxe d’apprentissage’ paid by media channels, our students’ school fees and a subsidy granted by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research.
Founded in 1946 by Philippe Viannay and Jacques Richet, both journalists with the ‘Défense de la France’ group set up by the French Résistance, the CFJ was recognized by the French state as a private vocational university on the 25th of January, 1962.
The CFJ’s two year long degree programme is recognized by the Commission paritaire nationale de l’emploi des journalistes (French journalism commission). We are one of only 14 schools to have been recognized in this way (9 state schools and 4 private schools). This commission, which was founded in 1976 and is made up of representatives from publishing groups and journalism syndicates, aims to study training courses in the field of journalism and pen an annual report about career possibilities and their evolution. The CFJ has also been a member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles since 1994.
Since 2012, our school has been a member of the Conférence Nationale des Métiers du Journalisme (French journalism think tank), which provides a forum for discussion and new proposals and brings together the 14 journalism schools recognized by the profession as well as different professionals involved in education or in various journalism bodies, state representatives (from the sectors of higher education, culture and communication and employment), researchers and other qualified personalities..
In 2013, the CFJ became an affiliated member of HeSam Université, a federation of higher education establishments.
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Head of the international department
and of TV reporting, France 24
Managing Director, Fondation Varenne
Director of Project Development and Internal Communication
Feature writer, Les Echos
Journalist, Le Monde
Managing Director, Illisos
Director of forward studies, digital strategy and international relations
Editor-in-Chief, Eléphant et Cie
Co-founder of the agency WeDoData
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Partner, ATM Avocats
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Vice-President, Europe 1
Managing Director, L’Ecole de Design Nantes-Atlantique
Documentary film maker
Founder of the Live Magazine
Managing Director and Feature Writer, LCI
Managing Director for France
Journalist and TV presenter,
Founder of Et Maintenant Production
President of the CFJ’s Alumni Association