Mathias Vicherat launches the NDPJ 2021

Mathias Vicherat, the new director of the Institute of Political Studies of Sciences Po, welcomed all the participants of the 2021 edition of NPDJ (New Practices in Journalism).

By Guillaume CAIRE and Karine PFENNIGER 

  • « The field is a key element of democratic life », said Sciences Po’s director
  • Sciences Po Journalism School and other journalism schools must help safeguard the watchdog role of journalists in a troubled political context
  • NDPJ must allow for a reexamination of journalistic practices

« The field is a key element of democratic life », is how Mathias Vicherat presented the theme of this 2021 edition of NPDJ during his welcoming speech. The newly appointed director of Sciences Po emphasized the importance of on-the-ground journalism « in a context of unrest in political and democratic life ». « Journalists have a watchdog role » , he said.

To maintain this role, Mathias Vicherat insisted on the importance of training and partnerships between the various French journalism schools, and in particular Sciences Po Journalism School. « This is a school that has been able to implement important digital innovations. By having more teachers than students, the Sciences Po Journalism School has made it possible to have a very ambitious teaching » , he told the audience in the Chapsal amphitheater at Sciences Po.

« We must take advantage of this to question certain changes in teaching and journalistic practices » , he concluded. This is precisely the role of the conferences that will be held throughout the day on the occasion of the 13th edition of NPDJ.

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