'Multiculturalism on the ground' - write for us from ATHENS, 29 March - 1 April 2012 (now closed)

Article published on Feb. 15, 2012
Article published on Feb. 15, 2012
Editor-in-charge/ Nabeelah Shabbir / editors@cafebabel.com 10 cities, 10 special city editions of feature reports, 10 local debates: We're continuing our series of monthly reporting missions to a different city in our Europe-wide network, this year with a special focus on multiculturalism in Europe.

Step 1: what’s it about


In 2011 we launched our monthly editorial series - ‘MULTIKULTI on the ground’ - which aims to raise consciousness on the issue of multiculturalism and variety of cultures in Europe. You can read the articles we have published so far here.


Valorising local, young projects, ideas, stories, initiatives and angles that have emerged from multicultural preoccupations. Be ‘on the ground’ and make us feel you’ve actually been in Athens. Be 'gonzo' not 'institutional'. Spend time with locals, describe what you saw/ felt/ learned from them. Be critical - ‘MULTIKULTI’ isn’t an ideology for cafebabel.com!

ehsankiss© Ehsan Maleki for Multikulti On The Ground Rome, November 2011

Step 2: recruiting you


We need three journalists (written or video) and one photographer to join this mission - writing on aforesaid offbeat, MULTIKULTI-related topics with the support of our local host team, between 29 March and 1 April 2012. You'll also attend a local debate held by the cafebabel.com local team in Athens so we can make some noise whilst we are in town.

It’s your 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 MULTIKULTI on the ground


Book your own flights/ trains/ horses to Athens: up to 250 euros is reimbursed by cafebabel.com upon return from the trip.

Other travel and food expenses are reimbursed for up to 25 euros every day. The team is hosted by the warm locals in Athens or at a hostel.


The editors and the team in Athens will help and assist you define your angle/ article before the trip. BUT: it’s up to you to do research before leaving for the project, to find interesting 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.

vilnius© Francesca Magistro for Multikulti On The Ground Vilnius, December 2011

Step 4: Apply !

- with your CV, three-line MULTIKULTI article proposals, link with the news and crisis of multiculturalism in Europe, ideas of interviewees... No crisis cliches!

Deadline: 22 February 2012

We look forward to eating them up.

Contact: Nabeelah Shabbir/ editors@cafebabel.com.