CafeBabel Reporting Trip to Helsinki, Finland

Deadline: 29 July 2013
Open to: young print or video journalists and photographers
Benefits: you will gain reporting experience through this project, plus reimbursed travel up to 280 EUR to Finland, and reimbursement for all costs of food, accommodation and related project costs


Report for the European news magazine CafeBabel from Helsinki, Finland from 4 to 8 September 2013! In 2013, CafeBabel launched its 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.

EUtopia on the ground strives to valorise local, young projects, ideas, stories, initiatives and angles that have emerged from preoccupations challenging our future and fantasy. You should be ‘on the ground’ and make us feel like you’ve been hanging out and working in Helsinki. 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 Cafe Babel.

It’s your article proposals that will get you noticed for this mission: so be creative, do some research before applying, and send in your ideas. The editor in charge at Paris HQ, who will be leading the mission in Helsinki, 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 strictly one week later, when the relevant linguistic editor from the central Paris office will edit your piece, which will be translated by CafeBabel’s volunteer networks, and then published in six languages within the following month.


You should book your own flights/trains to Helsinki: a sum of up to 280 euros is reimbursed by CafeBabel (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 their project manager Emeline Mauduit at The team is hosted by warm locals or a hostel.


CafeBabel 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 you can make some noise whilst you are in town.


Submit your CV, three-line EUTOPIA article proposals, links with the news and crisis of ideas and identity in Europe, ideas of interviewees – be original! You should submit these proposals by 29 July 2013 to Matthieu Amaté at and

For more information, please see the official call for applicants HERE.

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