Alain Saulnier has been a journalist for over thirty years. He has also devoted a large part of his career to campaigning for quality journalism in Quebec, both within press companies and within professional organizations of journalists. Thus, it was under his presidency at the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ) that the first Guide to the ethics of the journalistic profession in Quebec was adopted.
After working as a journalist and producer in several television news programs, Alain Saulnier headed Radio-Canada’s radio news service from 1999, then all French news services from 2006 to 2012. As managing director, he proposed to Radio-Canada’s information service a vision focusing on investigative journalism, which helped lift the veil on the scandals in the construction industry in Quebec, on the corruption, covert funding of political parties and other important issues. It was under his direction that the program Enquête was created.
Since September 2012, Alain Saulnier has been teaching journalism at the University of Montreal for the DESS program in journalism. In September 2013, he also became executive producer of the program Arrêt sur le monde, produced by CÉRIUM (Center for International Studies and Research of the University of Montreal) and broadcast on Canal Savoir.
In November 2014, he published Ici ÉTAIT Radio-Canada at Éditions Boréal, a book that had a significant impact on the future of the public broadcaster. An English edition, Losing our voice , Radio-Canada under siege , was published in 2015. He has also contributed to several collective works on journalism.
He was in charge of content for the journalism magazine Le Trente from 2015 to 2017 .
Alain Saulnier is a recognized expert and commentator in journalism and media for several programs and publications in Quebec.