Journalist, Jean Massiet? “You’re the only one asking me that question,” he laughs. Me, I don’t care and I think my community doesn’t care either. I only define myself by the object that I propose: streaming of popularization and political information. “Every Thursday, for nearly three hours, the 34-year-old “streamer” hosts his political news program live on Twitch, “Backseat”.
A program “in jeans and sneakers, with swear words, a grammar that suits me and sticks to my audience, he describes. I’m the good friend who knows a little about city life and who explains to them, as if we were over a beer, what 49.3 is and why we’re talking about it.
The former political collaborator started in 2015. Every Wednesday, with his team made up of more or less regular columnists, production managers and a part-time journalist, he determines the program. “It’s the news that decides,” says Jean Massiet. The idea is also to choose subjects and/or guests who have marked the community and who are of interest to them. » A work that is certainly editorial, directed by the person who is at the same time presenter, producer and broadcaster.
Her community is her closest collaborator. With this entity made up of more than 220,000 souls, he exchanges directly. The very set of his show gives him pride of place: behind him, on vast screens placed vertically and installed on either side of the central table, scrolls an uninterrupted flow of messages that the members of the “chat” exchange among themselves or contact Jean Massiet.
At the same time as he listens to his guest’s response or the words of his columnists, he consults it with a glance, sometimes picks a question, jots down a remark, picks up a joke and shares it with those who don’t. weren’t quick enough to see her before she disappeared from the screen.
With his twenty-something audience, the streamer shares everything. The backstage of his show, which he debriefs with them the next day, the editorial conferences… “I want to be as transparent as possible, to involve them in the project, which they finance three-quarters of – the rest comes from the CNC and partnerships business, he says. I’m never ashamed to say I don’t know, to assume that I screwed up. It is this horizontality and this honesty, I believe, that my generation is looking for. »