About the magazine
Are We Europe is a quarterly publication. For each issue, we will commission articles and photo series from young journalists in Europe.
We’re always looking for stories that
- Capture the theme of each magazine in an original angle
- Are in-depth pieces of long-form journalism that shed light on the most important issues in Europe today
- Feature topics, people or places that are underreported
- Are personal: how does the macro affect the micro?
- Make difficult topics understandable & compelling for a wider audience through good storytelling
- Bring borderless perspectives
- Have a solutions-driven element
Ukraine, beyond the headlines
There’s a war on the European continent. Phones across the world are buzzing with incessant streams of notifications. For some, it’s updates from friends and family, for others it’s breaking news alerts. The nature of war can make media coverage a frenzy: but how can we look to the people beyond the headlines?
We are starting an online, growing magazine to cover the Russia-Ukraine war. Throughout, we’ll publish the day-by-day diary of a 19-year old journalism student in southeast Ukraine. In addition to this, we want to periodically commission and publish stories from Ukraine and its bordering countries: Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. We are also looking to publish one overarching story on what this means for Europe as a whole.
Thank you for your pitches, this magazine is currently in production and as such we are no longer accepting pitches for it.
- If the headline says: “Discrimination and racism on Romanian border as people flee Ukraine shared on social media.”
We ask: Who decides what makes someone European and how? How is racism part of Romania’s reality?
- If the headline says: “Protesters in Moscow arrested and beaten by police”
We ask: How can people protest in Russia, a country in which the ordinary citizen has little power over what its government does?
- If the headline says: “Poland opens its borders to Ukrainian refugees”
We ask: How have previous migration routes built Ukrainian-Polish identities?
- If the headline says: “EU promises to seriously look into Ukraine’s membership appeal”
We ask: Is there a new wave of European solidarity? Is anyone left behind? What can this mean for our futures?
- If the headline says: “Foreign fighters from across the world join fighting in Ukraine”
We ask: What are the differences and similarities with foreign fighters who joined rebels in Syria? What are the consequences for them back home? And do we perceive them differently?
This is (not) a Drugs Issue
Mention drugs and people will think about parties and shady deals, but drugs are much more integrated into the fabric of our daily lives than we think.
The war on drugs has been waged for decades, impacting all aspects of our societies, from our shared perceptions to the making and taking of drugs. In our next issue, we’ll talk about what the war on drugs doesn’t address: our addiction to coffee, our love of alcohol-fueled nights, and our on-again, off-again relationship with tobacco.
We want to hear about the unspoken place that drugs take in our lives: from ADHD prescriptions and gym steroids to discrimination in pain care, from the chemists tweaking molecular compositions to create ‘legal highs’ to our inability to take a full cycle of antibiotics, contributing to the dangerous rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
We want to read about the access to gender-affirming hormone therapy, birth control and abortion pills. We’d like to dive into the psychology of addiction, the lobby work behind “the pain industry” or the reason why, in Ireland, prescription drugs accounted for two in three overdose deaths in 2017.
If the war on drugs is a battlefield, what are we taking on the sidelines?
- written articles: snapshots, mid-lengths, longreads and one ultralong flagship story
- short (fictional) stories with a link to the brief above
- photo essays
- creative pieces such as slam poetry, collages, comics, etc
How to pitch
Dates indicated as “pitch deadline” refer to the final pitch deadline, after which we will no longer accept pitches. One week after the pitch deadline, you’ll know if your story has been commissioned.
We’ll expect a first version of the article four weeks later. The process involves several editing rounds and a print deadline, so there is no room for late drafts.
Text stories selected for the print magazine will be remunerated according to fixed prices ranging from 50 to 200 euros, according to their length. Photo stories will be published for a 200 fee.
Follow the steps in our pitch form carefully. Write your pitch with compelling storytelling and the same amount of care as you would write the article. Remember: how you present your pitch ultimately reflects on our perception of your skills and talents.
Your idea is paramount, but make sure to include an original angle to your subject, sketch out how you plan to write the article. We value creativity, collaboration, and complexity. Also, show us why your story is relevant today for a wider European audience of mostly 18-35 year-olds. Make us care!