Education and media. When Lyon high school students become journalists

An unprecedented adventure, which lasted several months, enabled some high school students from Lyon “Aux Lazaristes” to put their shoulders to the wheel with information professionals. Journalists, technicians have agreed to show them the daily life of their profession… and these young people have really built their own news! To fully discover in this article

This morning, in mid-June, the twelve or so high school students “aAux Lazaristes” who gathered in class for the last time for their “initiation into journalism” training showed a little impatience.

These youngsters of around 15 will finally be able to attend the first full display of “their” news. An integral production, which they conceived, developed, toured, wrote and produced over many months, at the rate of one lesson per week. An unprecedented adventure that will have marked two years of their education due to the covid crisis.

Go back. In 2019, these young students agreed to participate in a weekly meeting with television professionals during the break. An operation initiated by Séverine Pucci, editorial coordinator of the program “You are great” on France 3 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. She is used to working with journalists and image technicians. She is also an attentive mother who is open to the world.

His idea is validated and supported by the regional management of France 3, in particular Isabelle Staes (now director of regional information for the entire chain), and Eric Baraud, his successor at the head of France 3 Aura. Several professionals are willing to participate in this educational approach. Stéphanie Bouix and Fredéric Gramon, editors, and Yannick Kusy, senior reporter, come to meet these young volunteers.

The exchanges are initially very general and deal with fundamental topics. What is information. What is the role of a journalist. How to recognize the reliable source of information… then the topics deepen. We evoke the theme of ethics, of the essential neutrality that the loyal viewers expect from the newspapers.

Some realize, sometimes with surprise, that journalism forces you to put your opinion aside. You have to think about comparing points of view, crossing sources, being wary of rumours… The sympathetic image of the sports journalist, a bit chauvinistic, clashes with that of the researcher, in search of truth and distance. Students get excited, get caught up in the game.

Week after week they teach themselves in television writing. Cut to the chase. Know how to summarize your point. Be understandable, both by the comments and by the images…

Then come the more technical sessions, with a necessarily more playful aspect. We live in 2022. Especially smartphones allow these young people, who are already used to them, to understand the notions of frames, light, travel, zoom… but also sound, atmosphere. How do you position yourself during a job interview? How to communicate between the person who is filming and the other person who is asking questions?

The students follow a few editing sessions on site. Our colleagues show them the mastery with which they can concatenate the sequences, to illustrate the words. The young people, initially fascinated, gradually understand the dual importance of the commentary and the sequences. They will take action soon.

One fine day they set out. First in the playground, they turn their first micro sidewalks and measure how difficult it is to collect and sort spontaneous reactions. Later, on the street, some of them will have to overcome their shyness to approach strangers. But they… and they like it.

The level rises. We want a full diary. The conductor builds together. There are titles, reports, guests, a portrait, citizens… We debate the content. Covid, holidays… the topics were chosen according to the planned date. Everything comes out in June.

The student journalists alternate more and more at ease between meetings with outsiders and interviews in the classroom. With each new session they master, each time more, the technical requirements, the scriptures…

After several months of training and discussion, they finally managed to bring together all the elements of their famous diary. They chose to invite two young actors with disabilities.

At France 3, the professionals complete the complete assembly. The newspaper is mixed like all usual productions. We’re even adding a closing credits filled with behind-the-scenes photos, and illustrated by ” Should I stay or should I go.† “, from The Clashes, a piece that is in vogue again.

You can watch this newscast here:

video length: 11min 46

TV newspaper of high school students “Aux Lazaristes” from Lyon

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You made my Thursday beautiful!

After watching about 12 minutes comes the applause. These young people have become real reporters, presenters, cameramen, sound engineers. They express their gratitude on a beautiful card” You made my Thursday beautiful! writes Elliot. † Thank you for taking the time with us adds Juliette… Everyone is proud… Théo, Camille, Julie, Eléonore, Lou, Margaux, Anaël, Capucine… leave with the impression that they have really been a journalist for a few months. In fact… some of them are even considering it!

And you know what ? We would be very proud to be their viewers that day!

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