Paris Journalist Training Center
Centre de formation des journalistes
Other name
CFJ Paris
Former des journalistes créatifs, libres, dotés de valeurs fortes.
Motto in English
Train creative, free journalists with strong values.
TypeGrande Ecole
PresidentJulie Joly
Undergraduates250 (CFJ's W Diploma)
Postgraduates100 (CFJ Diploma)
AffiliationsUniversity of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, Conférence des grandes écoles, Sorbonne Université, Hesam University, Cumulus Association

The Centre de formation des journalistes de Paris (in English: Paris Journalist Training Center) is an institution of higher education, a French journalism school (grande école) located in Paris.

The CFJ is a member of the Conférence des Grandes écoles and of Hautes Écoles Sorbonne Arts et Métiers University.[1] The CFJ is recognized by the French government and by the profession of journalists. The CFJ diploma is organized with the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. Since September 2020, Sorbonne University and the CFJ's W school have been offering a double degree in "Science, communication and journalism" which is equivalent to a Bachelor of science degree in journalism and communication.[2]

Often considered as "the ENA of journalists", like the ESJ of Lille,[3] the CFJ has trained a large number of great journalists (Bernard Pivot, David Pujadas, Florence Aubenas, Pierre Lescure ...), and attracts each year nearly a thousand candidates for around fifty places.[4]


The CFJ was founded the day after the Liberation, on 11 July 1946, by Philippe Viannay and Jacques Richet, both members of the resistance group "Défense de la France".[5]

The school was recognized by the French State as an establishment of higher technical education on 25 January 1962.

In 1969, it created the Centre de perfectionnement des journalistes (CPJ), which offered professional training for journalists. In 1972, the CFJ and the CPJ joined forces within the CFPJ (Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes).

Following a financial crisis, in 1998, the school had to restructure. At the initiative of Claire Richet, Bernard Pivot and Pierre Lescure, former students created the "CFJ-Demain" association to find financing solutions that would allow the school to escape liquidation.[6] The justice system granted it the takeover of the CFPJ in 1999. Despite the increase in tuition fees, the situation remained precarious: in 2002, the CFPJ group was once again in bankruptcy.

In July 2003, the CFPJ group, the structure into which the CFJ's activities fit, was taken over by the EFE training group, which became Abilways in 2012.

The CFJ has been managed by the association École CFJ (non-profit) since 28 July 2003.[7]

The CFJ is one of the 14 Journalism schools recognized by the profession according to the objective list given by the Office national d'information sur les enseignements et les professions (ONISEP). There is no official ranking of journalism schools recognized by the profession as indicated by the ONISEP in its list. The documentary bases of specialized bodies refrain from making value judgments.

Since 2013, the CFJ is an affiliated member of Hautes Écoles Sorbonne Arts et Métiers University (HESAM University).[1]

On 12 January 2016, the CFJ and the Abilways Group announced the creation of W School, a three-year undergraduate program that will allow students to learn about the information, communication and digital creation professions and to prepare for journalism school competitions.[8]

In October 2016, the CFJ leaves its historic premises at 35 rue du Louvre in Paris to move into a 1,700 m2 building belonging to the Abilways Group, at 210 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine in the 12th arrondissement of Paris.[9]

In September 2017, the CFJ creates a preparation for the journalism school competitions in partnership with its post-baccalaureate training, the W School.[10]

The CFJ Paris has been recognized as a private higher education institution of general interest since 16 January 2020.

On 23 April 2018, the CFJ-W group becomes an associate member of the Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media.[11]

On 16 January 2020, the CFJ obtains the qualification of "Établissement d'enseignement supérieur privé d'intérêt général" (EESPIG) by publication in the Official Bulletin of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.[12]

Academic programs

The school, cited in the National Collective Bargaining Agreement for Journalists, has adapted to the technical changes in the media world. In 1984, it created the first training course for image reporters (JRI) and in 2000, the first French training course in multimedia journalism.

In 2013, the CFJ inaugurated in its premises the first Newsroom dedicated to teaching journalism, which won the "Explore" prize in May 201618 and in May 2017. The school is developing specific academic and practical courses in this framework, open to students from its two classes.

The pedagogical responsibility for the different specializations ("journalist-image reporters", "television editors", "radio", "multimedia") as well as all the courses provided by the school are taught by working journalists.

Graduate level

Since 2007, the CFJ has had four graduate educational programs:

Undergraduate level

The W School of the CFJ delivers a Bachelor's degree in "Digital Content and Creation", which takes place over three years and offers five specializations:

The CFJ's W school also delivers a "Sciences, communication and journalism" program in partnership with Sorbonne University since 2020.

The CFJ and the W school have academic partnerships with the French business schools and Grande École HEC Paris, EM Lyon Business School and EDHEC Business School and the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne.


The Paris Journalist Training Center is accredited by the National Joint Commission for the Employment of Journalists (CPNEJ).[13][14]

Notable alumni

Ranking by promotion year:


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  2. ^ "Double cursus Sciences, Communication et Journalisme". Sorbonne Université (in French). Retrieved 7 November 2020.
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  6. ^ "L'association CFJ-Demain relance le Centre de formation des journalistes". La Croix (in French). 10 March 1999. ISSN 0242-6056. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
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  10. ^ figaro, le. "Journalisme : le CFJ lance une préparation aux concours". Le Figaro Etudiant (in French). Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Cumulus". Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  12. ^ Fesic, Par (17 January 2020). "Deux écoles de la FESIC renouvelées EESPIG | FESIC" (in French). Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  13. ^ "CCIJP, Commission de la Carte d Identite des Journalistes Professionnels". Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Les 14 écoles de journalisme reconnues". Conférence nationale des métiers du journalisme (in French). Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  15. ^ "Wendy Bouchard, lauréate des Trophées Femmes en or". La lettre de l'audiovisuel (in French). Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  16. ^ "Lauréats du Prix Robert Guillain 2009". Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  17. ^ "Presse Edition :: Le Prix Philippe Caloni 2012 a été attribué à Anne-Sophie Lapix". Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  18. ^ "Sommaire". Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  19. ^ "Natalie Nougayrède, prix Albert-Londres 2005". Stratégies (in French). 11 May 2005. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  20. ^ Sitbon, Prescilia (9 May 2011). "Grands prix 2011 des quotidiens nationaux décernés dimanche". média+ (in French). Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  21. ^ "Christophe Boltanski prix Bayeux-Calvados des correspondants de guerre". L'Obs (in French). Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  22. ^ "Sommaire". Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  23. ^ "Le prix Joseph Kessel 2010 attribué à Florence Aubenas". Le (in French). 16 May 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  24. ^ "Sommaire". Retrieved 30 October 2020.

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