Two Blogging Girls

Ioana Zaraf and Galya Dimitrova used the platform of their final project to launch a news blog aimed at European journalists. Zaraf tells us about her experience:

“I have always thought blogging is fairly easy. Well, it is. TO BLOG is easy. To start a news blog from scratch, particularly a very specific and targeted one, and maintain it… is not. Especially when one lacks experience in all things HTML, since there has been no proper training on that subject.

European Bugle” was born as our desire to create something unique and useful for all parties involved: admins/journalists/audience. Unfortunately, the way we chose to go about it didn’t really turn the odds in our favour. Having not had sufficient resources and enough support, we ended up chasing shadows in our search for help. Therefore, we wasted precious time before deciding to just start building the platform ourselves, which should have been done in the first place.

While both Galya and I are confident enough with our writing, the purpose of this project was to showcase other aspiring journalists’ works. It is easy to monitor one’s own writing, especially when you are self-conscious and with a constant desire of self-improvement. Gathering content from other people though, well… That can be less peachy.

Finding contacts was difficult to begin with. Our intention was to get to different universities throughout Europe, covering as many countries as possible. Easier said than done, as only two universities got back to us, not with an answer but with a possibility to forward our request to an appropriate contact. Afterwards, no one replied at all. As disappointing as it is, we took this into consideration before starting up the blog and we agreed to risk everything and carry on with it, regardless of the obstacles.

The next step we took was directly targeting the students themselves, which would potentially bring us an immediate response, even though the process got much longer. Looking for people and contacting them individually did help though, as they soon started to share and promote our idea on their social network profiles; this helped us build more audience, so we managed to finally see a light at the end of the tunnel: there was hope for our platform, even though our road ahead was quite a long one yet.

European Bugle is currently struggling with expanding its audience, as we lack promotion/advertising. We intend to expand it and turn it into a better looking and more accessible website and also enlarge our current two-person team, so that we can help our community grow. Slowly but surely, we do believe in the potential of this project that was especially designed to help Journalism students showcase their work towards developing their skills, having their works read by internationals and give them the chance to prove their ability to potential future employers.

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