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Editorial Midwives-- tips from training calls

From the two training calls in the past week, we've generated a great deal of insight. What follows here is a set of "best practices" that we can add to over these next few months.

Your role as an Editorial Midwife is to support the Correspondents through their writing process. You are a witness to their progress through a life-changing process of personal and professional empowerment. You will likely develop strong personal bonds, and overall your goal is to help them present their best work in their final drafts! Here are some ways that you can support this:

Help with Titles
A title should draw a reader in by giving some specific information that hints to the larger themes of the piece.

Help bring out a World Pulse Editorial Voice
The editorial voice can best be described as three feelings that the reader gets:

  • INSPIRED: when reading, you feel inspired. The piece describes some sort of peak experience (an event, a personality, etc.) in a fresh and new way. You can tell the writer feels inspired themselves.
  • SOLUTIONS-ORIENTED: the writing presents a way forward, and as a reader you feel that there is some way that you can take action to support.
  • CONNECTION: while reading, you feel a genuine heart and soul connection to the author. There is a unique voice that is both personal and authoritative.

Additionally, we strive to bring personality to the writing. Capturing the sounds, sights, smells, and tastes of a particular place adds richness and texture to a story.

Help present the micro and the macro
As a reader, it's nice to have specific details and a larger context to ground those details in. The form this takes will be unique to each piece, but is a wonderful general guideline.

Quotes, quotes, quotes!
Help bring voice to a story by using multiple quotes throughout. When we hear directly from stakeholders, we feel connected to a specific reality.

Dealing with cultural differences, or challenging situations
Interacting with our global community is an opportunity to explore differences as well as similarities. We are bound to witness stories and situations that differ from our "normal" lives. A key thing to remember is that it's okay to be yourself, to ask questions, to express fears or uncertainties, to voice your perspectives. If you are not sure if what you're saying makes sense, just ask! If you feel uncomfortable, you are not alone! There is a community to support you, so don't hesitate to ask for support in this group or through email.

We are bound to discover more "best practices" as we dive into this work. PLEASE, share your ideas, experiences, joys and fears for everyone to learn from. This is the first year of the program and we're all learning together. Thanks for being here!

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Greta's picture

Hi All.

Just wanted to say that I have very much enjoyed my first go round with the correspondents that have been assigned to me as an editorial midwife. The interaction is and will continue to be rewarding, challenging, and inspirational.

I am very glad to be participating!

Gretchen

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