Xavier Bertrand, Minister of Labour, Employment and Health, and Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, announce the signing of a cooperation agreement to accompany the return to work of journalists, in a context where several press titles are particularly affected by ongoing restructuring.

The public authorities recall their commitment to preserving employment and supporting a profession in full change, generally affected by the evolution of a sector vital to the proper functioning of our democracy. More than ever, the written word, the investigation, the commentary, the decryption, the analysis and the reportage have their place on the paper or the digital media. It is in this context that they wish to respond to the concerns of professionals affected by the ongoing restructuring, and implement the most appropriate accompanying measures to guarantee the effectiveness and quality of the reclassification of dismissed journalists.
This agreement signed with the Director General of Pôle Emploi, and more particularly with the Centre national de reclassement des journalistes, the CNRJ, aims to promote a rapid reclassification of dismissed employees, by offering them a service offer adapted to the specificities of the sector, by ensuring better coordination with all stakeholders in terms of jobs and by facilitating access to existing job offers. The Professional Security Contract, operational since September 1, 2011, will also be mobilized.
From the first interview with his advisor Pôle emploi, the journalist will be put in contact with the CNRJ (Magenta Framework Agency, 7 rue de Paradis 75010 Paris metro Château d'eau) who will present him with a range of complementary services, in particular workshops specific to the press.
Efforts to support industrial projects to accompany the transition to new economic models of press titles will also be continued by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, through a historically high intervention budget and as part of the creation in 2012 of a strategic fund for press development.