Carleton-sur-Mer International Journalism Festival: a successful second year

The Carleton-sur-Mer International Journalism Festival (FIJC) took place this weekend in Gaspésie. From May 16 to 19, nearly 2,000 visitors – more than a third of whom came from outside the region – were present in Baie-des-Chaleurs to participate.

A text from Kevin Duquette-Goulet

A busy program awaited festival-goers, who were able to participate in nearly 50 panels, conferences, workshops and activities addressing themes such as American politics, First Nations, disinformation, regional information, artificial intelligence, conflicts geopolitics and journalism abroad.


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Several events of the International Journalism Festival were held in particular at the Quai des arts, a performance hall in Carleton-sur-Mer.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Marguerite Morin

In addition, 80 media professionals, including well-known journalism personalities – Céline Galipeau, Richard Latendresse, Azeb Wolde-Ghiorgis and Nathalie Normandeau – came for the occasion.

It was a historic edition.

A quote from Bertin Leblanc, general director of FIJC

For his part, Bertin Leblanc, the general director of FIJC, wish make this meeting the meeting point where both professionals and the public are interested in international, national and local news.

Although he believes that the media are immersed in GAFAM”,”text”:”a universe that is weakened by GAFAM”}}”>a universe that is weakened by GAFAMhe nevertheless notes that the province is doing well compared to other regions of the world. We are in a complex period where Quebec is still doing well.


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The general director of the festival, Bertin Leblanc, is delighted with the renewed enthusiasm for the event organized in Baie-des-Chaleurs. (Archive photo)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Marguerite Morin

Last year, when preparing for the first year of the festival, the general director noticed that there was enthusiasm from the journalistic community and the public for this type of event.

We need to talk to each other, we need to discuss these questions and the festival responded very adequately to this request.he emphasizes

And after this second successful year, the FIJC will return next year.

A relevant meeting

The president of the Professional Federation of Journalists of Quebec (FPJQ), Éric-Pierre Champagne, was present at this second year of the festival. The journalist of The Press participated in two workshops on trust in the media and public recourse against misinformation.

The festival brings new blood.

A quote from Éric-Pierre Champagne, president of the FPJQ

According to Mr. Champagne, the FIJC contributes to raising the debate around the crises that are shaking the media at the moment. He also said that some people compare the FIJC at the annual conference of the FPJQwhich also brings together journalists from the province.

FPJQ to see how we can improve our conference”,”text”:”We could see it as a competitor, but I don’t see it like that. I think it’s very refreshing […]it will force us ourselves at the FPJQ to see how we can improve our conference”}}”>You could see it as a competitor, but I don’t see it like that. I think it’s very refreshing […]it will force us ourselves to FPJQ to see how we can improve our conferencehe mentions.

>>A man dressed in a black shirt and displaying a slight smile strikes a pose.>>

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The president of the Professional Federation of Journalists of Quebec, Éric-Pierre Champagne, hopes that the FIJC will help increase public confidence in the media. (Archive photo)

Photo: FPJQ/La Presse

Mr. Champagne is also delighted that media professionals continue to actively participate in the debates and reflections surrounding their work. The industry, despite what we think, constantly asks questions and seeks to improve.he explains. I think that from year to year, we do better and better.

Focus on investigative journalism

Alain Saulnier, author of the book Resisting the invasion of GAFAMparticipated for the first time in the FIJC. He believes the event sends a strong signal about the future of media.

I think it is a message of hope, that information still interests young people, that journalists are in the process of adjusting, of better clarifying their role in societyhe said.

>>In lively conversation with our journalist.>>

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Alain Saulnier, author and former director general of information for the French services of Radio-Canada. (Archive photo)

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According to him, the journalistic environment should turn more towards investigative journalism. This role, I think […] it is to do more validation of the facts, to better flush out disinformationspecified Mr. Saulnier.

From the visit to Haiti

THE FIJC was also able to count on the presence of two journalists who work in Haiti, namely Étienne Côté-Paluck and Jean-Daniel Sénat, who traveled from Port-au-Prince to Baie-des-Chaleurs.

This journey, they say, was a real obstacle course. At the beginning of May, the two men began their journey to Quebec via an unusual passage. The road to get to FIJC has been perilous, particularly due to the closure since February 29 of the airport in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

>>People on motorbikes in the Haitian mountains.>>

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To leave the country, the two journalists had to cross the mountains to get to the south of the country.

Photo: Courtesy of Etienne Côté-Paluck

Leaving Port-au-Prince by road, there is the risk of clashing with bandits, there is the risk of being ransomed, of being kidnappedlists Jean-Daniel Senate, who works for The Nouvelliste in Haiti.

We took motorbikes, we crossed the mountains for hours to reach the other side of the country through a small lost roadaffirms for his part the journalist and editor-in-chief ofHaiti MagazineÉtienne Côté-Paluck.

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At the beginning of May, Étienne Côté-Paluck and Jean-Daniel Sénat began their trip to Quebec to participate in the Carleton-sur-Mer International Journalism Festival.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Marguerite Morin

The two journalists wanted to be present at the festival, since for them, it is more important than ever to come together around events like this one. FIJC.

We create connections, we see people, we stay in touch with people. It also humanizes the newsspecifies Mr. Côté-Paluck

It was important to come and talk to them, to echo what is happening in Haiti so that the subject is not obscured, adds Jean-Daniel Senate.

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