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The Journalism School's rules

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1.     Rights and duties


Studying at Sciences Po Journalism School is the first step in a journalist’s career. Students therefore have to commit to strictly complying with the rules of the Professional duties of French journalists written by the National Union of French Journalists in 1918 and then amended and completed in January 1938. Students also have to comply with the declaration of the duties and rights of journalists adopted in 1971 in Munich by representatives of the European Community, Switzerland, Austria, as well as various international journalism bodies.


Therefore, all students at Sciences Po Journalism School:


-       are held responsible for what they write, even when they do so anonymously

-       publish information whose origin is known, present this information in its context (date, place, circumstances etc.) and sometimes voice reservations when necessary. They also commit to not deleting essential information and to not altering texts and documents

-       respect the truth, no matter what the consequences might be for them, in compliance with people’s right to access comprehensive, good-quality information

-       consider libel, accusations levelled without proofs, document alteration, facts twisting and lies as professional misconduct

-       respect people’s private lives

-       correct all information that was published and later found not to be true

-       only accept missions that do not infringe professional dignity

-       do not use a fictitious job title or position, or unfair means to gather information or pictures and betray people’s good faith

-       do not receive money from a public or private entity where their position as a journalist, as well as their sources and relationships, could be wrongly used

-       do not sign their name on commercial or financial advertising contents, and are not given instructions, be it direct or indirect ones, from advertising companies

-       do not plagiarize, do not present other people’s thoughts as their own, and clearly quote fellow journalists when they use a text or even a few words from a text

-       respect professional confidentiality and do not reveal their sources when information was given anonymously

-       do not use press freedom for their own benefit

-       claim the right to publish information in an honest way

-       regard dedication and justice as prime rules

-       do not mistake their role for that of policemen


Students at Sciences Po Journalism School also commit to toning down users’ comments and reactions to their articles online.


The following comments and reactions shall immediately be deleted (this list is not a comprehensive list) :


·         advertisements

·         paedophile messages

·         messages inciting to racial hatred

·         messages denying crimes against the humanity

·         messages exhorting to murder

·         procuring messages

·         insults (as well as vulgar, aggressive, disrespectful etc. messages)

·         libelous messages (uttering a fact that is disrespectful of someone’s physical or mental worth, or of the entity to which the fact is related)

·         messages encouraging hacking

·         messages prompting to take drugs, alcohol, tobacco

·         copies of private messages or letters (which represent a breach of mail confidentiality)

Pieces written within the Journalism School cannot be published outside the school, whether for free or not, unless the Journalism School's board AND the teacher involved formally agree to it.


2. Scope of these rights and duties


Students of Science Po Journalism School commit to complying with the duties listed above for the whole duration of their Master program.


This commitment applies to all pieces published as part of the students’ work with teachers and the School’s board, but also to all other pieces, including those published on social networks.


On social networks (Facebook, Twitter, and others), students can post messages on conferences and master classes, and they can even “live tweet” them. However, students are not allowed to publish, on social networks, comments mentioning the courses (content, organisation, discussions) that they are taught at the Journalism School, except if the teacher says otherwise.


Complying with these duties is part of Sciences Po Journalism School rules of procedures. Any failure to comply will be punished accordingly (from failing students in the module in question to excluding them from the school).


NB: Those rules can be amended each and every time that Sciences Po Journalism School's board consider it to be necessary.