Think tank methodology ‘Great Europe Reporter’
Aims • Discuss issues relevant to Russia and other European countries • Produce joint analyses, verified by academics • Attract academics, writers and organisations- including other think tanks- interested in the above. • Organize lectures and workshops at the Strasbourg Meetings
Elements and Content • Staff (us) will produce the first content for the website. • After staff produce the initial content, articles and analyses will come from the following:a.) cross-publications from other think tanksb.) students and academics- writers who choose to join the think tankc.) participants of the Strasbourg Meetings who then join the think tank • More content results in more established online presence- becoming easier to attract contributors. It’s all cyclical!
Joint analyses: Will be academically verified, impartial, practical and useful for organisations. Will form the keystone of our think tank, and be what sets us apart from others. Requires academic involvement and high quality, constructive outcomes. Likely to take longer to produce, to edit and approve. Blog post: Can incorporate cross-publications and be cross-published, helping to grow the think tank. Blog post/opinion piece is a standard format in think tanks. Does not require academic verification. Can provide us with a good quantity of articles in a shorter time-frame, and can be used as a discussion board for producing joint analyses, growing our pool of resources Different forms of content: Though different in purpose and content, by having both blog posts and joint analyses the website will be able to grow better. Our short-term aim is to get a working website running with content. Through blog posts we can do this, create links with other think tanks, cross-publish articles and provide a pool of resources which can then be used in our joint analyses. Importantly, we can do this right now. By having different genres of posts, we will not have to compromise the quality of our joint analyses in the rush to get content up and online.
Blog posts: Editors email contributors and ask to put forward ideas for article Idea approved Article is written Sent to be edited (content + language) Published Joint analyses: Editors ask contributors to put forward ideas Idea approved Idea internally advertised to find contributors if there are no other contributors already. Contributors found Analysis is written Sent to be edited Sent to academics for approval Published Proposed procedure (after think tank is fully-functioning):
EDITORS: 2 Editors (at least). Roles can be split accordingly, but involving: Organisation of content (emailing writers, proposing content, approving ideas) Final editing and posting of content Reporting to Youth Association for a Greater Europe Recruitment of academics, writers and establishing relationships with other organisations Preferably fluent in Russian, English and French. We should also be thinking about linguists who are willing to translate and to proofread articles. This would be especially important for our joint analyses, which should be in all 3 languages. EDITORIAL COMMITTEE Comprised of everyone already involved in the think tank. Discusses general direction and goals of the think tank i.e should we focus more on X, is our content too heavily orientated towards Y. This discussion then will help the committee to formulate issues that would be good to analyse, to suggest to writers. Democratically participates in all important decisions of the think tank. Participates in the recruitment of academics, writers and establishing links with other organisations. Staffing
Plan of action • Short term: • Create a logo/heading which can be used at the top of our website. Finalise design and layout of website. Establish amongst us who is able to produce our first content, and in which language. Determine who would like to work on which topics for joint analyses. Contact academics in advance. • Then produce articles (blog posts) which can immediately bring the website to life. Preferably in Russian, English and French (3-5 in each language) • Begin to produce the joint analyses. Then, when more academics are involved we will have some drafts to submit for approval.