The inside rules of your favourite café
Do you want to write for us?
Ok, but breath a bit before writing because cafébabel is like a piece of Ikea furniture: you need to read the instructions a bit before getting started. And get a caffeine fix from your favourite café.
1. What is cafébabel?
- 1.1. Cafébabel is the first European magazine on the web and promises a European perspective on news. Cafébabel tries to cover European news as well as the national press works to neglect it.
- 1.2. The perfect person doesn’t exist, and cafébabel is targeted to a younger audience, who is connected, mobile and open-minded.
- 1.3. At cafébabel, Europe doesn’t mean Brussels and European institutions. Our editorial promise? To talk about Europe differently. To talk about the real impact that European politics have on the daily life of young Europeans. And when required, we will decrypt European news. We talk about Europe - how it really is, and not about how we would like it to be. And all from innovative and broad angles that cross borders, stereotypes, and clichés.
- 1.4. It’s thanks to our participative nature that information comes directly from the ground. Our ambition: to define social, cultural and political trends in Europe. Putting emphasis on the human side of the institutions and place the generation of 20-35 year-olds at the centre of our editorial strategy.
- 1.5. Cafébabel has no political affiliation and maintains a critical distance and editorial independence from the institutions with which we collaborate. At this café, the coffee is served strong.
- 1.6. Cafébabel isn’t the place for harmful discourses, whether defamatory, xenophobic, racist, anti-Semitic, or discriminatory, that break the law (see legal mentions) or could harm family pets.
- 1.7. Publicity pieces or sponsored trips aren’t the sugar to make a bitter coffee taste sweet.
- 1.8. One of our main missions: contribute to the development of a European public opinion.
2. We serve our coffee strong
- 2.1. Participation: cafébabel is a participatory media: everyone can become a cafébabel contributor by signing up here. Every cafébabel contributor is a volunteer.
- 2.2. How the site works: the cafébabel website is organised into three levels: 1) personal profiles, 2) geographic groups (called ‘local teams’) and community themes, and 3) the magazine.
- 2.3. Responsibilities: Content published on personal profiles and in the groups is the responsibility of the authors. Content published in the magazine is the responsibility of the editorial team and of Babel International association. Warning: All contributors must be in possession or have the consent of the copyright owner for all rights for the photos, illustrations and recordings integrated into the article.
- 2.4. Role of the magazine’s editorial team: the editorial team guarantees cafébabel’s editorial line. Their mission is to aid contributors in their writing by proposing subject ideas (call for articles) or articles to translate (call for translations). Concretely, their role is to select, modify, improve and publish content already published in the community in the ‘magazine’ section. All of this to bring you a trustworthy, sourced and independent magazine.
- 2.5. Role of the local teams: Cafébabel IS its network. Cafébabel local teams are responsible for animating the local groups or ‘local teams’. Present in around 20 Europe cities, the local teams play a vital role: 1) in motivating volunteers, 2) the coordination of their editorial production, 3) by producing editorial content, and 4) editing and correcting their content. If it is interesting to a European public, the content published by the local teams can be republished in the ‘magazine’ section.
- 2.6. Modification of content: your articles can be modified! In particular, the titles, the sub-titles, the teaser and photos in the articles republished in the magazine are subject to systemic re-reading and editing. If the editor has heavily modified the body of the text, the article will only be published if the author agrees to the changes.
- 2.7. Editorial quality: To be republished in the magazine, content must follow a few golden rules: fact checking, balance of sources, zero plagiarism and real quotes. And it must not be longer than 5000 characters (including spaces). Obviously, we prioritise original content.
- 2.8. Style: Cafébabel prioritises a certain style: more relaxed and critical than institutional and academic. Just because we speak about Europe doesn’t mean we have to be boring.
If you have questions regarding your article, please contact the editor of your language version.
Document updated on February 11th, 2015.