“We must cultivate our mind’s eye,” invites journalist and essayist Jean-Luc Martin Lagardette.

“We must cultivate our mind’s eye,” invites journalist and essayist Jean-Luc Martin Lagardette.
“We must cultivate our mind’s eye,” invites journalist and essayist Jean-Luc Martin Lagardette.

Journalist, essayist, novelist and painter, Jean-Luc Martin Lagardette settled in Rochefort in 2023, following a conference given in La Rochelle.

Born in 1950, originally from Bourbonnais, he became a journalist at “ …

Journalist, essayist, novelist and painter, Jean-Luc Martin Lagardette settled in Rochefort in 2023, following a conference given in La Rochelle.

Born in 1950, originally from Bourbonnais, he became a journalist at “La Voix du Nord” after completing his studies at the École supérieure de journalisme (ESJ) in Lille. Subsequently, he was recruited at “La Gazette des communes” before participating in the creation of the magazine “Décision Environnement” then in the bi-monthly letter “Mairies Vertes” intended for local and territorial authorities. At the same time, he taught journalism (Cned, École supérieure de communication et marketing, École des métiers de l’Information) and wrote several books on journalistic practices including “L’information responsable”.

With Yves Agnès, he campaigns for the establishment of a body of journalistic self-regulation which was created in 2019 under the name of Council of Journalistic Ethics and Mediation (CDJM). “It is not a Council of the Order but a tool at the service of citizens” in the context of the crisis of media credibility.

Precepts

At the same time, Jean-Luc Martin Lagardette is shaping a new concept, “that of the truthful approach, a rigorous method to promote fair and responsible information for the general public”. With simple precepts capable of differentiating what is communication or opinion and credible information: “cite your sources, endure the fire of contradiction, practice suspending your judgment”.

Imbued with philosophy, his latest essay “Seeing Consciousness – Radical Philosophy, a Science of Freedom” (Éditions L’Harmattan, 17 euros) can be discovered “through several levels of reading in a familiar and accessible language”, maintains the author. He suggests reflecting on our consciousness, which he invites “to cultivate within us: it is our mind’s eye, everything passes through there and no one takes care of it”.

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