Cafébabel is a public forum which firmly gives the floor to actors in the civil society and the ‘eurogeneration’ – a term coined to recognise the first generation of mobile, internet-savvy European citizens. Above all, cafébabel is an innovator in the field of participatory journalism, and in encouraging contributors to express themselves in their native tongue.
Cafébabel was founded in 2001 by Erasmus exchange programme students. The idea was to cross linguistic and national borders in Europe by using the rising star of the internet as a vector of that expression.
Based on the principle of participatory journalism, today the network comprises over 16, 000 registered members. Up to1, 500 contributors and 20 ‘local offices’ write about Europe as they see it be it through the prisms of society, culture, lifestyle or politics. cafébabel gives young journalists and citizen journalists the floor to express themselves.
It’s a testament to the work of its volunteer contributors that cafébabelis simultaneously translated into six languages – French, English, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.
Cafébabel is headquartered in Paris with a core staff of ten people, six of whom are professional journalists, each managing a linguistic edition. They coordinate, commission from and talent spot across the European network, which is fortified in various cities by our enthusiastic, committed volunteer local teams.