pref. by J. Fauveta. – Saint-Julien-du-Sault: Ed. Lobbies, 1979. -263 p. ; 23cm. Bibliogr. p. 130-132. – ISBN 2-901137-03-2.
This book is made for the purpose of practical educational use. It should be noted that Mond, co-signer of this book, is a member of CIPE (Center for School Press Information), which is leading a campaign to introduce the press to schools.
In the first part, J.-M. Croissandeau and I. Agnes describe the structures of the French press in 12 chapters: conditions of intellectual and material production, new production processes, advertising, legislation, various press bodies, editorial board. , news agencies … Everything is written in a clear style, with many practical examples and data taken from the newspapers themselves (business accounts, editorial structure …). In addition to this descriptive work, there is an important bibliography, filmography, a list of specialized organizations, associations and documentation centers and, finally, a glossary of technical terms.
The second part consists of 110 practical sheets that propose a methodology for studying and reading newspapers, intended mainly for high school students (and their teachers). These papers are divided into 12 chapters that provide practical illustrations, from newspapers, theoretical data: sources of information, information, advertisements, news production, newspaper compilation techniques, readers, the press. the company, the multitude of organs of the French press, the role of the press. Faced with the diversity and richness of the areas covered, one can only complain about the lack of any initiative paper on documentation issues; the only one that explicitly alludes to that is the one concerning the production of printing sets. This, on the one hand, ignores the documentary wealth that the press represents for any study of the modern world, and on the other hand, the existence and role of press documentation centers, which do a huge job of counting and reporting not only for “in-house journalists” but and for external applicants. In the era of databases and documentary information networks, ignoring documentation seems like a serious flaw.