Even if CFI does not respond to requests to train beginners, several projects have been set up with schools of journalism or specialist universities. These initiatives team young professionals with undergraduates.
Higher School of Journalism, Lille-Montpellier
(ESJ) – France
School of journalism
CFI and the ESJ Lille have long worked together on specific projects for media partners in the south. In 2010, an agreement involving several concrete projects set forth a formal framework for these relations.
With ESJ’s subsidiary in Montpellier, CFI developed several workshops on new media for journalists in the Mediterranean region. The Ulysse 2.0 workshops were set up with Arte France and Moroccan TV channel 2M, sponsored by the Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM) . The success of these operations prompted the organisation of 4M, a major regional meeting for players from both north and south to share on digital media issues, held in June 2011.
At another level, the ESJ Lille and CFI jointly developed a set of educational fact sheets to support journalists wanting to check that daily pressures were not leading to neglect on their part of certain key stages.
CFI has partnered the Higher School of Journalism Lille-Montpellier since 2011. In 2011, CFI launched the training project on multiplatform journalism, Ulysse 2.0 . with the ESJ, the COPEAM and Moroccan TV channel 2M. Moreover, in the framework of the 4M project, CFI organised a conference in Montpellier with the ESJ for journalists and bloggers working for the press, TV and Internet, to discuss new media issues in Mediterranean countries.
Lastly, as part of its international media cooperation activities, CFI is partnering the ESJ Lille and the IAE business school to launch a master in international media management starting in September 2011. This distance-learning training course (Internet platform) aims to develop the managerial skills of press executives in French-speaking countries in the south. These skills will be validated with the awarding of a French Master.
(UPA) – Lebanon
CFI has been working with this organisation since 2009 when a training workshop for French-speaking journalists including some thirty professionals was set up ahead of the Jeux de la Francophonie (French-language nations' games) in Beirut. In 2011, CFI organised a training assignment for TV reporters in partnership with this university and the French embassy in Lebanon.