Text a Breaking Story
Sending Alerts in 160 characters or less
Being able to text a breaking story is one of the most empowering tools available to you on PulseWire. If riots are happening right outside your door, as happened to Nusrat, you can still get your story out to the world. This bonus assignment is meant to equip you with the know-how to report in real-time a break story in our community, state, or nation.
How to Text a Breaking Story
1. Enter your mobile (cell) phone number in your profile, so you can instantly send text messages to your personal journal. Please include your country code.
2. Send your text message to this number: +44 762.480.5709. This is a UK number. Standard text messaging rates to the United Kingdom apply. PulseWire does not charge an additional service fee.
Month Two Assignment
Write a Frontline Journal
A Frontline Journal is a first-person account 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.
- Elements of Frontline Journals
- Sample Questions
- Examples of Frontline Stories
- Suggest Process
Elements of Frontline Journals
Ideally, your Frontline Journal will be your personal story, and personal experiences living and working for women’s rights in your country. It will provide a rare context behind the current political climate of your country as well as an exploration of the current dangers you may face in the name of human rights. It will bring forth the swell of women’s groups and activity in your country and the dangers faced by those fighting for change. It will include a discussion of your vision for a new nation and suggestions for a way forward.
The angle of your story is flexible; however, please keep our general editorial guidelines in mind when writing. Our ideal stories include:
- The heart-felt perspectives of women and/or youth, in their own words
- An illustration of the challenges and breakthroughs for those working to solve the problem
- A connection of the personal and local to international patterns and emerging global movements
- Solutions-oriented discussion of the issue at hand
- What is your relationship with your country? What do you love about your country? What are your earliest memories of your homeland? How would you describe the country of your childhood?
- As a woman, and as an activist for women’s rights, what are the challenges you face?
- Where are women in your country making the most progress? What are the obstacles to this progress? What are the signs of hope?
- What can the international community do to support your people? What do you wan the international community to know about your country?
- Where do you see the greatest hope for your country?
Examples of Frontline Journals:
Afghanistan Exposed, by Malalai Joya
My Life, My Kashmir, by Fatima Sultan Syed
Ushering Cambodia’s Peace, by Theary Sang
At a pace that fits within your busy life, we recommend the following steps:
- Review the learning material to help create an outline and help shape your story
- Post your topic/story angle to to the correspondent's group for feedback and input from the correspondents and editorial midwives.
- Go into the community to interview people, conduct research, and observe the issue through a reporter's lens.
- Review the learning material again, if needed, to get grounded and create an outline to your story.
- Write your story!
- Post your first draft to to the correspondent's group for feedback and input from the correspondents and editorial midwives.
- Your article should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words.
- Post your final article in your personal journal on PulseWire by end of day Sunday, August 2, 2009.
- Your title must be labeled as, "Your title. (VOF Month 2)" You will place VOF + the month in the parentheses (parentheses).
- copy and paste the following at the end of your first assignment:
<em>This article is part of a writing assignment for <a href="/pulsewire/programs/world-pulse-voices-of-our-future">Voices of Our Future</a>, which is providing rigorous web 2.0 and new media training for 31 emerging women leaders. We are speaking out for social change from some of the most forgotten corners of the world. <a href="/pulsewire/programs/world-pulse-voices-of-our-future">Meet Us.</a></em>
It will appear like this:
This article is part of a writing assignment for Voices of Our Future, which is providing rigorous web 2.0 and new media training for 31 emerging women leaders. We are speaking out for social change from some of the most unheard from corners of the world. Meet Us.