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Voices of Our Future Correspondents
Group Etiquette

Q. What should I post to the Voices of Our Future Correspondents group?

The Voices of Our Future Classroom is our central space to communicate with each other about the program. Imagine that the group is a physical classroom and that PulseWire is the larger learning institution. In this context, it makes sense that you would post most things related to the program in the group, including:

  • Story ideas and angles for feedback from the instructors, the other Correspondents, and the editorial midwives.
  • First and second drafts of your assignments forthe instructors, the other Correspondents, and the editorial midwives.
  • Conversations that would naturally occur in a classroom setting, including sharing challenges, successes, best practices, and information

However, the classroom does not replace your journal.

Q. What should I post to my journal?

A. You will continue to post your non-related VOF entries to your journal, which the keeper of your stories, ideas, and vision. It is your public face to the community. You will also post the final draft of your monthly assignments and articles, so the entire community can connect with you.

Q. Where should I post my answers to the discussion questions posted in the classroom?

A. Post your answers as a comment in the original post. To leave a comment to the original post (this applies to all posts):

1. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to the comment form.
2. Complete the fields.
3. Click on "Preview" to review your comment or "Submit" to make it live.

Following this process ensures that the author of a post is notified that you responded to her post.

Tip: When you want to reply to a comment within a post, click on "reply" in the comment box.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you do not find what you're looking for on this page, please post your question to the Classroom group or email Rachael, rachael@worldpulse.com.

General Questions:

Technical Questions:

Q. Will I still receive weekly assignments?

A. No. Instead you will receive at least two assignments every month during the program. The first assignment is an editorial assignment that will take you 2-3 weeks to complete. The second assignment will instruct you to use a feature on PulseWire. It is intended to deepen your online experience as well as the learning material from the month. Additionally, you may receive a short writing assignment to help prepare you for the other two assignments.

Q. What should I do if I am going to miss a deadline?

A. First, do not panic! We understand that you may be facing challenges — expected and unexpected. World Pulse is flexible and will work with you to overcome your challenges. However, we request that all Correspondents aspire to the highest levels of professionalism. If you are going to miss a deadline, email Jennifer or Scott with an explanation and requested extension.

Q. I am having a hard time connecting with other Correspondents and/or my mentor. What should I do?

A. Have patience. This will be easier some days than others! Between the differences in time zones, issues with connectivity, and busy lives, it could take up to a week or more to make a connection you seek. If it impacts a deadline, please see the answer to the previous question.

Q. How can I find out what time the conference calls are scheduled in my time zone?

A. Time and date.com has many options to convert time zones:

Q. Do I have to pay for the international call?

A. Hopefully not. We are looking into the best options based on the responses to our short survey. For our first call, we are using a service called HiDef Conferencing. They do not offer toll-free numbers for many of the countries where our Correspondents live, but you may call into the conference for free using Skype or you can call the number provided using your mobile phone or landline. Standard international rates will apply.

Q. Will I receive a stipend?

A. Our desire is to provide every Correspondent with a stipend to offset your Internet and phone costs, plus other related expenses for participating in the program. Unfortunately, the global economic crisis has also affected World Pulse, so we will only be able to provide stipends to those in greatest need, unless we receive full funding. We will work with each of you individually to meet your needs to the best of our ability.

If we are able to send you a stipend, you will be asked to open a PayPal account if it is available in your country. Paypal is a fast and safe way to pay and get paid online.

Unless you have been notified, you do not need to open an account yet. If PayPal is not available in your country, we will work with you to identify the next best option. We will likely use Western Union, Moneygram, or bank-to-bank transfer.

Q. Will we get press passes?

A. Yes. You will receive a a press pass, a letter confirming your role as a Correspondent with World Pulse, and business cards. These tools should give you credibility and help you gain access to government offices, etc.

Q. Who owns the Correspondents material?

A. You do! We encourage you to pitch your stories to other media outlets. We ask, however, that you mention World Pulse as the originating media source.

Additionally, World Pulse reserves the right to use your material for editorial and marketing purposes. If we choose to publish one of your articles in our magazine/s, we will enter into a standard writers contract with you.

Q. What is the difference between Frontline Journal and other types of news?

A. A Frontline Journal is a unique news story to World Pulse. They are first-person accounts from those living on the “frontlines” of breaking news stories. It includes elements of narrative storytelling, Op-Ed pieces, and news stories. The writer filters information through her perceptions and personal experiences, and makes the audience aware of her thoughts and feelings regarding the topic at hand.

Q. I'm so confused! I saw an assignment to write a 500-word essay on Women's Empowerment. Is this our first assignment?

A. The assignment that you are referring to is an optional "assignment" that was posted by another PulseWire member to keep the Voice of Our Future Applicants group alive. You are welcome to complete the assignment and participate in the discussion, but it is not one of the assignments of the program. The assignments of the program are:

  • Interviewing
  • Frontline Journal
  • Op-Ed
  • Feature Story

Q. Help! I am having problems downloading Skype!

A. It may be challenging to help from afar, but we are eager to try! Please email Jennifer (jennifer@worldpulse.com) as much information as you can about the issue you are experiencing. For example, if you are getting an error, please include the error. We will do our best to help you resolve it.

Q. I keep losing the link to the Voices of Our Future Classroom. Is there any easy way to keep track of it?

A. If you will be accessing the same computer/s throughout the program, we recommend bookmarking the classroom. Here are instructions for bookmarking using Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Internet Explorer

In explorer, bookmarks are called "favorites." Here is a short video that demonstrates how to add a favorite.

Firefox

If you use Firefox, follow these steps:

  • Go to our classroom.
  • Click on "Bookmarks" in your browser toolbar;
  • Select "Bookmark This Page;"
  • Confirm you like the name of your bookmark;
  • Decide where you want to save it;
  • Add tags if you wish; and
  • Click on "Done."

Q. Help! I am drowning in notification emails from PulseWire! How do I manage them?

A. There are several options we recommend for managing your notifications: update your preferences on PulseWire, create a filter in gmail or Yahoo!, or create a folder in Hotmail.

Updating Your Notifications

  • Return to your profile on PulseWire.
  • Click on the "Edit Account" tab.
  • Click on the "Edit Notifications" tab.
  • Unselect one or both of the following options:
  • Yes! Notify me when someone comments on a post I have made.
    Yes! Notify me of new posts in the groups I am subscribed to.

  • Click on "Submit."

Q. If I turn off notifications, how will I know when someone has made comments on a post I have made or made a new post to one of one my groups?

A. Every profile has "newsfeeds" of your friends and group that are similar to your journal. These newsfeeds will help you stay up-to-date with your friends and groups without the hassle of multiple emails.

  • To see if someone has made comments to any of your posts, click on "Journal." Every post shows the number of comments it has received.
  • To see if one of your friends has posted something new, click on "Friends."
  • To see if a new post has been made to one of your groups, click on "Groups."

Q. I'd like to be notified by email when someone responds to a post I have made. Can I just select this option?

A. Absolutely! You can select any combination of the three options.

GMAIL

Step 1: Create a label

1. Click on "Settings" in the top right corner
2. Select the "Labels" tab
3. Click on "Create a new label"
4. Name the Label with a useful title, such as "VOF Classroom"

Step 2: Create a filter

1. Click on "Settings" in the top right corner
2. Select the "Filters" tab
3. Click on "Create a new filter"
4. In the "subject" line, type "Classroom"
5. Click "Next Step"
6. Choose the rules you want to Apply: "Apply Label" and choose "VOF Classroom" (or whatever you titled it), and I also recommend using "Skip Inbox" to put the message directly to the Label, thus not overwhelming the Inbox.
7. You may want to click the "apply this filter to ________ conversations below" box and start the filter now!

YAHOO! MAIL

For Yahoo Mail, the filters function is only available for set-up in the Yahoo! Mail Classic interface. If you are currently using the newer version, you can switch temporarily to the Classic interface by clicking on “Mail Classic” in the top left corner.

Step 1: Create a folder

1. In the right column of your Yahoo Mail, there is a box titled “My Folders”
2. Click on “Add” located next to the title “My Folders”
3. Type “VOF Classroom” or a name that makes sense to you and click “OK”

Step 2: Create a filter

1. Click on “Options” located in the top right corner and select “Mail Options” from the drop down menu
2. Click on “Filters” on the left menu bar
3. Click on “Create or Edit Filters”
4. Click the “Add” button
5. In the “Filter Name” space, type “VOF Classroom” or a name that makes sense to you
6. After “Subject”, choose “contains” from the drop-down menu and type “Classroom” in the field
7. After “Move the message to”, choose the folder name you just created from the “Choose Folder” drop down menu
8. Click on the “Add Filter” bottom in the bottom left corner

HOTMAIL

Step 1: Create a folder

1. In your Inbox, click on “Manage Folders” in the menu bar on the left side of the screen
2. Click on “New” at the top of the page
3. Type “VOF Classroom” or a name that is applicable and click on “Save” at the top of the page

Step 2: Create a filter

1. In your Inbox, click on “Options” in the right corner and choose “More Options” from the drop-down menu
2. Under “Customize Your Mail”, click on “Automatically sort e-mail into folders”
3. Click on “”New Filter”
4. Under “Step 1”, choose “Subject” from the first drop-down bar and choose “contains” from the second drop-down bar
5. In the “enter text” field, type “Classroom”
6. Under “Step 2”, choose “New Folder” and type “VOF Classroom” or a name that is applicable
7. Click the “Save” button in the bottom right corner

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