DUT Information-Communication OPTION Journalism

The DUT in journalism (obtained in two years or in one “special” year) is one of the thirteen curriculums in France that is recognized by the Ministry for Further Education and Research and by the National Joint Committee for Work and Training for Journalists (CPNEJ - commission paritaire nationale de l’emploi et de la formation des journalists). The State School of Journalism of Tours (EPJT - Ecole publique de journalisme de Tours) offers curriculums covering the three media: written press, radio and television, as well as multimedia journalism. This course may be followed, at the EPJT, by a further year of study to obtain the Professional Degree.
 
  • Aims
The EPJT aims to train students to be rigorous, enthusiastic journalists, who are highly aware of their responsibilities as citizens. Our pedagogy is based on transmitting in-depth general culture as well as on vocational learning, which adapts to, and even anticipates, the increasingly rapid changes in journalistic practices. These criteria meet the requirements of the French National Pedagogical Programme for Information Science and Communication DUTs and the requirements that our professional accreditation demands.

These requirements are met through the composition of our pedagogical team: teachers and teacher-researchers in academic studies; teacher-researchers, who are also journalists and whose professional experience and research underpins the vocational classes; professional journalists, who are all acknowledged in their field of expertise, in the daily, regional and national press, in magazines, in radio and television and in online information websites. Some of them are former students of our school.

Our students are trained in the four different media: written press, radio, television and Internet. Although multimedia completely changes the way information is accessed, it highlights, above all, the imperative to perfectly master these four media in addition to acquiring the journalistic fundamentals. Students are given general journalism training and then continue by specializing in written press, radio or television; multimedia training is pursued throughout these specializations.

Our partners reflect our dual pedagogy: academic and vocational. On the academic level, we work hand-in-hand with foreign schools of journalism and organize student exchanges with them (Canada, USA, Spain, UK, Germany, South Korea, Australia, etc.).

Our professional partners propose long traineeships to our students (around 30 weeks over the three-year curriculum); an indispensable training course that completes the classes given by the EPJT. Daily and weekly press, magazines, public broadcasting service, national and regional private radio and television: our students join francophone editorial offices, in France and abroad.

Every year, students from the EPJT are laureates of the many selections held by the profession for applicants from CPNEJ-acknowledged schools.
 
  • Contents or list of themes and subjects taught
In addition to developing political, economical and sociological culture and to gaining knowledge about major international challenges over this two-year period, students also address the theories of information during the first two semesters, which are the basis for becoming a journalist, and work on the fundamentals of professional practices through written press activities. During the third semester, classes deal with the four media (written press, radio, television and multimedia), then in the fourth semester students choose a specialization (written press, radio or television) whilst continuing multimedia learning.
 
Semester 1
Expression and communication
English, a second foreign language is compulsory
Humanities and social science
General economy, sociology, contemporary history, geopolitics, theories of information and communication, and semiotics
Professional methods and practices
Developing knowledge of topical issues, law, information sources, journalistic genres, photography, DTP/DM, editorial development

Semester 2
Expression and communication
English, a second foreign language
Humanities and social science
General economy, sociology, contemporary history, geopolitics, theories of information and communication, and semiotics
Professional methods and practices
Developing knowledge of topical issues, law, information sources, journalistic genres, photography, editorial development

Between the first and second year, an eight-week traineeship must be completed in a regional daily press office (PQR - presse quotidienne régionale). This traineeship is part of an agreement in partnership with the Regional Daily Press Union (SPQR), which enables students to be remunerated.
 
Semester 3
Expression and communication
Professional English, a second foreign language
Professional methods and practices
Technical applications, radio, photo, television, editorial conception, press law, deontology, media sociology, journalistic techniques
Additional modules
International economy, political science, geopolitics, law
 
Semester 4
Professional methods and practices
Radio, television, written press, journalistic techniques, media economy, media sociology
Additional modules
Professional English, a second foreign language, political science, geopolitics, law
Professional scenario
Final dissertation, viva

During the second year, students complete a traineeship in the editorial office of their specialization media.