· Interview with Dominique Quinio, the first woman to head a daily newspaper in France ·
"A newspaper like ours is a collective. Indeed,
it is an ‘intellectual collective’ the wonderful expression that I inherited from
Alain Remond, author of the billet on the last page of "
Would you describe "your" newspaper?
What our readers look at is the newspaper as a whole
and their own history with "
Yes, and this is a wonderful thing. The presence of the Courrier des Lecteurs (Letters to the Editor) is crucial for the richness of the newspaper and to understand what we must do: understanding the evolution of thought is indispensable. I manage personally, along with a team, the Courrier des Lecteurs because I consider it a fundamental element, on the one hand to determine the satisfaction or the lack of understanding about the things we have done, and on the other to see what are the issues that preoccupy the readers. But the readers are not always right: clearly it is necessary also to make a conscious choice between what is important and what is not. We must not forcibly bend to some sort of consensus of the readership, but it is important to listen to its voice because in the Catholic Church there are not many spaces for public debate where one is able to nurture a type of public opinion. I am extremely proud that here, with us, this area of expression exists
What kind of newspaper are you?
How are you different?
In the hierarchy of current affairs. Our raison d'etre is current events and it is these that guide us. But in this abundant actuality that continually "bounces back" upon us, we do of course make a selection: between what is trivial and what is important, between that which has serious consequences for the people of our time and what instead is secondary. There are issues that we explore further, for example, questions concerning ethics, society, family or social solidarity. What we try to do - and what is not so common among our colleagues - is to give our readers, in the current situation that is often very hard and sad, reasons for hope. That is to say, to search in current events for flashes of light, luminous people, people who act and instill in readers the desire to commit oneself.
What interests you, then, is not only the event but also the human aspect of the event?
Absolutely! Cardinal Etchegarray invited journalists to take a look wherever there is a human being. And Noël Copain said that we treat issues where there is at stake the destiny of man. We do not care about the surface of things, but rather about everything that has happy or less happy consequences on the lives of the people of our time.
written:“We must look at the events from another angle”: is it not this that is
the distinctive feature of "
The important thing is to understand the motivations of people. Well, the issues related to marriage, to the end of life, are eminently political issues that should be at the centre of the reflections of politicians.
You are the first woman to be in charge of a newspaper in France. What is it like being a woman in the midst of about ninety journalists, the vast majority of whom are men?
My first job as a journalist was what today is called the editorial secretary. This means that I was at the end of all the work and the adjustment of the work of others; between the rereading, the choice of titles, pagination, so I was at the service of others' work. I loved doing this: I love to bring out ideas, I want people to complete their own ideas, I consider myself a midwife for the work of others. Is it feminine as a way of proceeding? Undoubtedly yes!
A certain firmness in the openness to continue to
ensure that "
After a degree in literature and a diploma from the
Centre for training journalists in Paris, Dominique Quinio began her career as
a journalist in "The Charente Libre" in 1974. The following year she
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