Frequently Asked Questions
Here's a little information about our site, the magazine, and how it came to be. If you have further questions, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Why the name The American?
A. Many of the writers associated with the project are U.S. citizens, as is its editor. We wanted a strong identity. Since Italy once had a daily newspaper in English called the Rome Daily American (1945-1984) we decided to revive the name. The magazine was founded in March 2004.
Q. Do you have ties to the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. government?
A. Aside from mutual courtesies, no.
Q. Do you have a print edition?
A. No. We're exclusively online.
Q. Does the name The American mean you're all U.S. citizens?
A. We’re an eclectic group, with Americans, Britons, Canadians, Italians, and Australians. The American is an idea, not a national label.
Q. Who funds you?
A. We rely on advertising income. That's it.
Q. When is the site updated?
A. Usually daily. We publish an average of 50 new features and columns monthly.
Q. How do you get advertising?
A. Through local sales reps. If you’re interested in trying to help obtain accounts, please write to email@example.com. We pay 15-20 percent commission on confirmed sales.
Q. How can I reach your offices?
A. Call us at +39.06.808.4993. For fax transmissions use +39.06.808.5391. From Europe, dial 00.39.06.808.4993; from the United States 011.39.06.808.4993. Email to our Contact address.
Q. Do you accept unsolicited manuscripts for possible articles?
A. Yes. Feel free to send a query to our Contact address.
Q. Is there a political position you favor?
A. Absolutely not. We try to print the best possible material we get, without regard to its inclination. The views in our opinion pieces are those of the authors, not The American.
Q. How do I comment on what I've read?
A. You may write to the editor with comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though the website does not publish reader response or provide reader forums on its pages, the magazine's Facebook page maybe be used for that purpose.
Q. Who is your editor?
A. Christopher P. Winner, a U.S. citizen who lives in Rome. His mini biography is on our team page.
Q. Tell us about your writers?
A. It's a journalistic collective with many freelancers. Our writers are based in Italy as well as in Britain and the United States. See The Team
Q. I'd like to join your staff. Should I send a resume?
A. We don't have a fixed office staff. Therefore we have no positions available. If you're interested in becoming involved in The American project as a writer or contributor, feel free to write to us. We're always interested in talent. Write to the editor.
Q. What’s your pay scale for freelance contributions?
A. We are an all-volunteer shop that relies on the good will of both veteran and first-time journalists and writers. They write without compensation.
Q. I saw you have capsule book, movie, and restaurant reviews on the site. May I submit one?
A. Yes. If you send us a 150-word blurb (not a word more!) with the basic information about a restaurant (see our format) we’ll take a look and let you know if we can use it. No promises. No cash. We’re trying to provide a service to our readers. Please send your information in the body of a text message or as a Word attachment to Christopher Winner.
Q. Do you accept fiction?
A. Yes. Please send queries or manuscripts to David Winner, the magazine's fiction editor.
Q. And poems?
Q. What do you consider your "mission"?
A. To provide an eloquent, alert monthly online magazine that helps to inform the national community about Italian cultural and political life. We hope to be useful to English-speakers and Italians alike. Our goal is to provide interesting information and provocative, personal insight.
Q. Who put together your website?
A. The site was designed by Gina Intriligator of San Diego and programmed by Merritt Massuch in Portland.