Bertrand Cabedoche

Title of the presentation:

Third millenium new challenges for Centres of excellence for journalism Education. A contribution to Unesco ‘s politics

Short abstract of the presentation:

In 2007, Unesco defined as a major priority to build a range of competencies with 20 journalism schools across Africa which have been recognized as potential Centres of excellence and references in journalism education in Africa. This action was concretly and particularly developped by building on the acclaimed UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education publication.
Now, UNESCO wishes to take this initiative to a second phase that will be more inclusive and global in nature. The first stage of this second phase was to write a second Model Curricula, which has been edited on august 2013.
After the meetings in Chicago, Singapore and Istanbul attended by over 120 representatives of the Member States concerned by the model, 10 researchers worldwide reputation have been chosen to write the curricula corresponding to the challenges that the workshops considered as fundamental to be developed in the training courses for contemporary journalism. Complying with the define specifications, curricula offer the opportunity to combine theories and practices courses for training that can’t be reduced to a technical learning.
This actual contribution comes from the writer of the syllabus Intercultural journalism (and translater of the whole book) and focus on its aims and its buiding from theoretical confrontations, instead of emphasizing on too much confusing recipes.
The intervention aims to show how mobilization of theories led to not just defend the certainties on which some ideal standard of journalism were built.

Short biography:

Bertrand Cabedoche is Professor of information and communication sciences at the University of Grenoble III, docteur d’état of political sciences, graduate of the École Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille. He is in charge of the international development of GRESEC, a well-known French academic research team in the field of information and communication and responsible of international relations for the École doctorale of Stendhal Grenoble University. He has worked (1992-1996) on the representations of the European Union in the main member states’ newspapers for FUNDESCO, Fundación para el desarrolo de la Communicación (Madrid). But he has particularly been working on media discourses on North-South relations since the 1970s (part of his work was coted in MacBride report). More recently, he has been working on the ways public debate are constructed when they focus on particularly controversal issues (energies, nanotechnologies, identity), with the advantage of a long professional experience last three past decades as an international consultant for a lot of multinational organisations (private company and public institutions as well) and as a journalist in France and Canada (chief editor. Among numerous scientific publications, he is the author of Les chrétiens et le tiers-monde. Pour une fidélité critique. Paris : Karthala, 1990 and Ce nucléaire qu’on nous montre. Construire la socialité dans le débat sur les énergies. Paris : L’Harmattan, 2003. Bertrand Cabedoche works as a visiting professor at Beirut Arab University and Université Libanaise de Beyrouth (Lebanon) and gives regularly courses at Antananarivo University (Madagascar) since 2008 and for Higher school of Economics in Moscow (Russia). He is one of the regular lecturers for European summer school since 2005. He has been invited to do seminars or lectures at Universities of Curitiba (Brazil), Geneva (Switzerland), Wien (Austria), Bucharest (Romania), Lund (Sweden), Moscow (Russia), Chenai (India), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Brazzaville (Congo), Saint-Louis du Sénégal (Senegal), Douala (Cameroon), Lomé (Togo), Cotonou (Benin), Rabat (Marocco), Tunis (Tunisia), Amann (Jordan), Beirut (Lebanon), Westminster (U.K.) and Shanghaï (China). He is presently member of the advisors board of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), UNESCO chairholder in international communication and president of Orbicom, the world network Unesco chairs. Contact: Bertrand.Cabedoche@u-grenoble3.fr Areas of expertise: Intercultural communication; cultural diversity; medias studies; relations North/South; cultural industries