Journalism and Contemporary History

2-year Masters degree
Journalism and Contemporary History

Master Journalism - Students in the radio studio.

Programme director
Guillaume Leroy – guillaume.leroy@icl-lille.fr

Research supervisors
Guillaume Leroy (director), Dr Jean-Charles Desquiens (History), Dr Florentina Rogrido Paredes (Contemporary Spanish Civilisation)

Languages of instruction : French, English or Spanish

This Master’s aims at training professional journalists, able to combine a high level of general knowledge, practical skills and an awareness of the social responsibilities of the media. The classes are conceived to meet these expectations. Technical skills require the mastery of different tools inherent in to the journalist’s job today, either software programmes or equipment for filming, sound recording and editing. Most journalists being required to work with different sorts of media, this degree offers a technical introduction to the numerous methods used to transmit the news and to different writing techniques. This theoretical and technical training allows the students to quickly get involved in reporting current events and to fully enter the media sphere. Being aware of the main pressures journalists encounter daily is another objective, something the students will learn during their work placements. These constraints can be technical, economic, legal, but also sociological, ethical or ideological.

Academic Calendar
First semester : from mid-September to Christmas. Second semester : from mid-January to mid-May. 600 teaching hours per year in Master 1 and in Master 2.

Entry Requirements
Linked to the History department because of their common research methodology and way of analysing facts, this Masters degree is designed for Humanities graduates (Modern Languages, Media and Communication, History, French etc.). However, students that have graduated in other disciplines (Science, Economics, Law) can also apply for this course and use their knowledge and skills to turn towards specialist journalism. Any holder of a French bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent foreign degree) can register for this Masters. Students speaking French as a foreign language must prove they master the French language and that they have the European level C1.

What Next ?
Graduates can join an editorial board at the end of their degree thanks to their mastery of journalism techniques and general knowledge enabling them to understand the world they live in while knowing their limits. They will have acquired an awareness of the social responsibilities of the media and of the professional journalist’s role in a democratic society. After graduating, the future workers in the media can head towards all sorts of jobs in the journalism sector, as the course offers an introduction to all forms of media (radio, television, e-journalism, press, etc.), so that they can apply for any type of job in the media.

Study Abroad
It is possible to spend one or two semesters abroad during the first year of the degree, in one of our university partners in an English or Spanish-speaking country.

Internships and Work Experience
Students must undertake work internships in journalism or in the media. These internships are mandatory, and must last at least 4 weeks in the first year and 12 weeks in the second year.