7 cities and 7 special city editions of feature reports: we're continuing our series of monthly reporting missions to a different city in our Europe-wide network, this year with ‘EUtopia on the ground’, a special focus on the future of our European continent.
STEP 1: WHAT IT´S ABOUT
WHAT IS IT: In 2013 we launch our monthly editorial series, ‘EUtopia on the ground’, which aims to raise consciousness on the issue of future and fantasy in Europe in times of a major identity crisis.
TO DO WHAT: Valorising local, young projects, ideas, stories, initiatives and angles that have emerged from preoccupations challenging our future and fantasy. Be ‘on the ground’ and make us feel you’ve been hanging out and working in Dublin. Try to use more 'gonzo' journalism than 'institutional' journalism: be creative, be personal, whilst staying journalistic-minded with the facts and statistics, the sources and interviewees. Spend time with locals, describe what you saw/felt/learned from them. Be critical, ‘EU’ isn’t an ideology for cafebabel.com.
STEP 2: RECRUITING YOU
WANTED: We need three journalists (written or video) and one photographer to join this mission: writing on aforesaid offbeat, future and utopia-related topics with the support of our local host team. Make sure you don’t come unprepared, so we can make some noise whilst we are in town.
It’s your article proposals that will get you noticed for this mission: so be creative, do some research before applying, flog your idea donkeys to me.
STEP 3: YOU ON EUTOPIA ON THE GROUND
LOGISTICS: Book your own flights/trains to Dublin: a sum of up to 280 euros is reimbursed by cafebabel.com (provided receipts are kept) upon return from the trip and receipt of the article. Other travel and food expenses are reimbursed (for more information see with our project manager Emeline). The team is hosted by warm locals or a hostel.
EDITORIAL: The editor in charge at Paris HQ, who will be leading the mission in Dublin (read their cityblog: dublin.cafebabel.com), will supervise you in defining the angle of your article and making preparations for interviews at least a couple of weeks before the trip is due to commence.
BUT: it’s up to you to do your own research before leaving for the project, to find interesting and book interviewees and ideas 'on the ground'. The written piece is due in strictly one week later, when the relevant linguistic editor from the central Paris office will edit your piece, which will be translated by our volunteer networks, and then published in six languages within the following month.
STEP 4: APPLY!
With your CV, three-line EUTOPIA article proposals, link with the news and crisis of ideas and identity in Europe, ideas of interviewees... be original! We look forward to eating them up!
[Contact: Manu Tomillo at email@example.com]
Follow the advancement of the project on the Eutopia on the ground Facebook page.
This project is funded with support from the European Commission via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hippocrène Foundation and the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind.