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Why do they study European journalism? ‘We are all concerned by European matters’

Submitted by on October 28, 2011 – 15:33No Comment


We all know that Europe is more and more impor­tant and that most of the polit­i­cal deci­sions at the local level come directly or indi­rectly from Europe and its insti­tu­tions. It is why you can nowa­days study Euro­pean jour­nal­ism, like at IHECS (Insti­tut des Hautes Etudes des Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sociales), in Brussels.

Why those Euro­pean mat­ters stud­ies do have more and more suc­cess? Two stu­dents in Mas­ter of jour­nal­ism, spe­cial­ity Euro­pean jour­nal­ism, give us their view.

“First of all, it is some­thing that influ­ences most peo­ple. If you com­pare local level jour­nal­ism and Euro­pean jour­nal­ism, it is clear that Euro­pean jour­nal­ism has more impact. Europe is impor­tant in 70% of our local laws and rules so it is really impor­tant to under­stand Euro­pean deci­sions and processes”, Maxime Samain, stu­dent in Euro­pean jour­nal­ism, explains.“We are all con­cerned by Europe and it is impor­tant to know it and to try to under­stand every­thing around us. It is not clear enough to peo­ple what are Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, Euro­pean Coun­cil, Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, and so on”, Maxime Samain says.

His class­mate Julie Lam­falussy, goes in the same direc­tion telling, “Europe is impor­tant and I wanted to know more about it. I want to know and to under­stand more about Euro­pean mat­ters. I also want to fill the huge gap between Europe and its citizens.”

For future jour­nal­ists, there is another impor­tant point. Euro­pean jour­nal­ism is a sec­tor within you can maybe find more jobs. “It is not easy to find a job when you fin­ish your stud­ies, espe­cially in jour­nal­ism. Maybe, there are more oppor­tu­ni­ties in Euro­pean jour­nal­ism because it is a new con­cept. We need to under­stand the deci­sion around us and Europe is a big deci­sions maker”, Julie Lam­falussy says.

Even if later they do not work in Euro­pean mat­ters, they are aware about the impor­tance it can have. “Even if I work for national press later, every­thing I learn now will be impor­tant. I am not sure that I will work for a Euro­pean news­pa­per or blog or what­ever, but it will help me to have more knowl­edge in many fields”, Maxime Samain claims.

Julie has known about jour­nal­ism since she was a baby.

“My father is a jour­nal­ist, so I have been in jour­nal­ism mat­ters since I have been a child. I had to be inter­ested in such a job, but I want to do it for myself, my father did not ask any­thing to me about my future work. I won’t do it for my father”, Julie Lam­falussy explains. And she knows how Europe can be impor­tant. “My grand­fa­ther has been the Direc­tor of Euro­pean Cur­rency Insti­tute, but he is not talk­a­tive about it so I do not think it has any­thing to do with my stud­ies. Even if it has maybe a lit­tle impact on it.”

More and more Euro­pean stu­dents think like Julie and Maxime and it is why Euro­pean jour­nal­ism has a real future, hopefully.

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