Street School for Young Journalists

Since the establishment of its Media Programme, the Evens Foundation has committed to support the democratization and further development of pluralistic and qualitative media. During the last fifteen years however traditional media has undergone considerable shifts, affecting its actors, economic models, and ways of consuming information. In times of public resource cuts and vulnerable media economies, we believe philanthropy has an important role to play in preserving the vitality of public discourse and communication.

Street School for Young Journalists is an award-winning programme for young journalists working in the digital era. It delivers its trainings in Paris, and since 2017 also in Marseille. It is an example of our engagement to sustaining a multifaceted civic media landscape and providing vehicles for differing perspectives on public matters to be heard.

For this project, we partnered with StreetPress, an online citizen media platform produced by young people for young people, with whom we had previously initiated media education workshops for youngsters. In 2012, we decided to think of a more sustainable format for these trainings. Street School was born and we have accompanied this project since its very first steps.
Street School aims to help a new generation of journalists to emerge from a range of diverse social backgrounds. Quality journalism schools often remain inaccessible for young people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, only furthering the gap in understanding between the world of high-level policy and the general population. Media partnerships with more than 20 media outlets, including major French newspapers, offer the students possibilities to publish their articles and gain their first professional experience, exposure and network.

In 2016, Street School received the French national label Grande Ecole du Numérique (#GEN). This governmental distinction bestowed upon the best digital training schemes allowed the School to expand its educational provision, deliver certifications and benefit from a nationwide promotion campaign.

The Evens Foundation continued its support for several years, until Street School became a successful and sustainable project in its own right. It is an excellent example of a project that managed to achieve this status through our backing. Street School went on to acquire considerable public recognition and also inspired other initiatives, such as Le Monde Academy.
http://school.streetpress.com/

A launchpad programme for young journalists
Since its inception, more than a hundred young people have benefited from the School’s training. 75% of them decided to become professional journalists, while many were selected to attend prestigious journalism schools. The School Alumni work today at AFP, Figaro, RFI, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, Alternatives économiques, between Paris, Berlin or Melbourne. Others decided to become citizen journalists and many have experimented with the creation of their own media platforms.
The School’s four-month intensive programme is free to attend. Backed by experienced journalists and navigating between theory and practice via technical workshops and writing assignments, the students are trained specifically in the journalism 2.0 of the digital era. This is what makes Street School a unique project: while respecting the classical rules of reporting, it provides training in the new ways of making and disseminating information, including coding, big data, creative content production, social media strategies, and economic models of tomorrow.

The project has received support of the Paris City Hall and the Open Society Foundations.

Since the establishment of its Media Programme, the Evens Foundation has committed to support the democratization and further development of pluralistic and qualitative media. During the last fifteen years however traditional media has undergone considerable shifts, affecting its actors, economic models, and ways of consuming information. In times of public resource cuts and vulnerable media economies, we believe philanthropy has an important role to play in preserving the vitality of public discourse and communication.

Street School for Young Journalists is an award-winning programme for young journalists working in the digital era. It delivers its trainings in Paris, and since 2017 also in Marseille. It is an example of our engagement to sustaining a multifaceted civic media landscape and providing vehicles for differing perspectives on public matters to be heard.

For this project, we partnered with StreetPress, an online citizen media platform produced by young people for young people, with whom we had previously initiated media education workshops for youngsters. In 2012, we decided to think of a more sustainable format for these trainings. Street School was born and we have accompanied this project since its very first steps.
Street School aims to help a new generation of journalists to emerge from a range of diverse social backgrounds. Quality journalism schools often remain inaccessible for young people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, only furthering the gap in understanding between the world of high-level policy and the general population. Media partnerships with more than 20 media outlets, including major French newspapers, offer the students possibilities to publish their articles and gain their first professional experience, exposure and network.

In 2016, Street School received the French national label Grande Ecole du Numérique (#GEN). This governmental distinction bestowed upon the best digital training schemes allowed the School to expand its educational provision, deliver certifications and benefit from a nationwide promotion campaign.

The Evens Foundation continued its support for several years, until Street School became a successful and sustainable project in its own right. It is an excellent example of a project that managed to achieve this status through our backing. Street School went on to acquire considerable public recognition and also inspired other initiatives, such as Le Monde Academy.
http://school.streetpress.com/

A launchpad programme for young journalists
Since its inception, more than a hundred young people have benefited from the School’s training. 75% of them decided to become professional journalists, while many were selected to attend prestigious journalism schools. The School Alumni work today at AFP, Figaro, RFI, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, Alternatives économiques, between Paris, Berlin or Melbourne. Others decided to become citizen journalists and many have experimented with the creation of their own media platforms.
The School’s four-month intensive programme is free to attend. Backed by experienced journalists and navigating between theory and practice via technical workshops and writing assignments, the students are trained specifically in the journalism 2.0 of the digital era. This is what makes Street School a unique project: while respecting the classical rules of reporting, it provides training in the new ways of making and disseminating information, including coding, big data, creative content production, social media strategies, and economic models of tomorrow.

The project has received support of the Paris City Hall and the Open Society Foundations.