FAQ for everyone else
What kind of people are you actually looking for?
Here are some examples: illustrators, webdesigners, marketing-people, people with business skills, people with experience with the wordpress content management system. Whatever your skill is: What matters to us sis that you are passionate about Europe and about this project. Send an e-mail with your ideas, and we will find a way to combine your strenghts with ours.
How can I get in touch with you?
By sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is Meeting Halfway different from other projects?
We’ve had good look around the WWW to check out what other people are doing, what we like about it and what we will do differently. Here are the three main differences we see between existing projects and ours:
1. CONTENT. As said before, this is not about news, but about the stories that result out of the news, or that lead up to them. We are also not focused on “European” topics. Many European magazines have the word “European” in every teaser. Did you ever see a French magazine that has “French” or “France” in the first three lines of every story? Neither have I.
2. LANGUAGE. We want to publish in as many European languages as possible. We want people to be at ease with the language they are producing in. And just because it is often taken for granted that journalists are fluent in various languages, especially English, we don’t expect it from everybody else, and we want as many people as possible to be able to understand at least some of our content.
3. MULTI-MEDIA. It is our ambition not to create a print magazine and just put it online. We want to use all the possibilities that online provides. There will be text and sound and moving images and photo-films and anything else that you can come up with. Right now, we’re still a little weak in that aspect because most of the contributors are used working for print… but we want to improve fast.
What about the money, money, money… ?
Here’s the bad news: Right now, we are not able to pay you.
We know that this is a common problem in journalism, and we all have interned for free, and complained about it. If you cannot afford to work for free, or don’t work for free as a matter of principle, that’s totally okay, and we can understand that. You’d still be welcome to apply as soon as we can pay you the money you deserve for your work – because that is what we aim for.
This is not a happy-go-lucky-project. We want to make this profitable. As soon as we earn money with this, so will you.
We are ready to work hard for this. We are ready to put our time, our ideas, our enthusiasm and all our entrepreneurial skills into it. Right now, we are all students. Right now, we can still afford to work on a project because we are convinced of its potential and its importance. That’s why we do this. Maybe you think the same. If you do, we will offer you the experience of building something from scratch, of being part of something from the very beginning, of thinking big.
Will this project succeed?
Maybe we’re crazy. Maybe we’ll fail. But then again, maybe not. Here’s our philosophy – supposedly a Jack Kerouac quote, but really an Apple advertisement.
Here’s To The Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them.About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world – are the ones who do.