Journalist And Community Manager – cafébabel, English Version

Cafébabel-logoDo you want to work for a European magazine? Are you a budding journalist? Do you love all things European? Do you want to work in a multi-cultural environment? Would you like to travel to cities all over Europe writing feature reports? Would you like to manage a pan-European network of journalists? Then you might be the person for…

The not-for-profit association Babel International aims to promote the emergence of European public opinion. Based in Paris, it runs the online participatory magazine cafébabel, in 6 languages. As the first European online media, founded on 1 February 2001, cafébabel is sustained by a highly motivated team of around 1, 500 volunteers (authors, translators, facilitators), has an online community of around 15, 000 people, and boasts a central editorial team of 10 professionals in Paris. The association organises debates, training courses and feature reports, and trains and supports a team of volunteers across Europe.



June 2014 – February 2015


Anyone under 26 (imperative), with the desire to be a formative part of a European media association, based in Paris. Passionate about media and online culture, you enjoy writing and editing articles. Experience in the practice of participatory journalism (blogging, internet media) is a plus. Knowledge of European affairs and issues affecting young people is essential.

Why a ‘civic service’ contract?

‘Civic service’ is a programme run by the French state which is one step up from an internship. 18- to 25-year-olds can work with an organisation to ‘carry out a mission of general interest’. cafébabel’s mission is to promote European citizenship, and to offer a platform for young Europeans to express themselves through participatory journalism. This placement – of a non-renewable, 8-month duration – is open without the condition of having a degree. Your motivation matters.


Integrated in the heart of the editorial team of cafébabel in Paris, working under the director of publication and editorial coordinator, your mission consists of:

  • Editing citizen journalist articles. Support volunteer authors (discuss topics, angles, length), edit articles (verify information; improve articles, work on titles). Add illustrations and publish online. Promote articles on social networks.
  • Managing community of volunteer contributors online. On social networks, cafébabel and over email, animate community of contributors (authors, translators, bloggers) disseminate ‘calls for articles’, promote articles on social networks, encourage journalists to write and translate. Maintain relationship with local editorial teams.
  • Contributing to editorial line of a European magazine. Propose original ideas on youth issues to our community. Define editorial content with editors of the other language versions. Maintain an independent, original style.
  • Writing and translating articles. Write on youth issues. Translate into English. Participate in cafébabel feature reports all over Europe, where you will lead a team of young journalists ‘on the ground’.
  • Actively participate in the life of an association. Contribute to training seminars for volunteers. Participate in events organised by cafébabel.

Civic service contract of 8 months, 35h per week, from 16 June 2014 at 226 rue Saint Denis, 75002, Paris, France.

Monthly compensation of 1090,24€ net.

467,34€ net per month of this sum is from the French state + 450€ net per month for housing expenses (if you currently reside outside of the Paris area) is paid for by Babel International + 100% reimbursement of Passe Navigo covering 2 zones (67,10€) + 20 ‘restaurant tickets’ per month (105,80€). Possibility of 100€ per month increase for those with proof of ‘RSA’ (French minimum state benefits, ‘active solidarity revenue’).

Conditions: To be eligible, you must be under 26, thus born after 16 June 1988

Application deadline: June 2014

Read more and apply here.

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