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Coming into the final weeks....

Dearest Correspondents,

I can hardly believe that we are almost to the end of the training program. What a wild and wonderful journey its been since we started the application process last March. This program truly has legs of it own.

As you write your feature story, try not to focus on what's next, whether you will be published, or the awards. Try to focus, instead, on the in-depth story you are about to tell. Let the words spill out. We sit in anticipation of your next story. Give us, your readers, what we are waiting for! Let's shake the world with your voices!

Still thinking about what's next? Sometimes it helps to know!

Toward the end of October, early November Scott and I will be issuing invitations to the Voices of Our Future "graduates" for the Global Correspondents Network. We will provide full details about the network then.

On November 9th, World Pulse will announce three correspondents, who have been selected to come to the US for a speaking tour. (unless you already live in the States, of course!) This announcement is a nail biter for all of us. If you are not chosen as one of the awardees, I know it may be painful and disappointing. As a matter of fact, you might get pissed! Whatever you feel will be perfect in that moment.

After that, our wish is that you do not let this define you or your experience in this program. Each of you is talented and gifted. Each of you is worthy. If we could, we would award each correspondent a prize worthy of you. Since we cannot, we will do our best to continue to give you an experience that lets you further develop your unique voice, sharpen your skills, expand your network, raise visibility for your issues, and create your own opportunities.

Each of your is making our world a better place with every word you write. Thank you, as always, for joining us on this journey on the frontiers of new media. Your courage has paved the way for other women to follow. That is no small thing.

Love,
Jennifer, Scott, and the Voices of Our Future team

Comments

jap21's picture

Thanks Jennifer and Scott

Thanks Jennifer and Scott for being always there for all of us. It is not an easy task to follow up on such a special group of women.

I wish the best for all my comrades, and hope that we will be able to continue our friendship, for a long, long time.

Awards are nice and important, but our heart must not be in the award, but in the precious opportunity of being heard by so many women around the world. Besides, this community needs to grow, so this is just one more step towards the future.

Anyway, you will remain in my heart as the great coordinating team that made this dream come true.

Cheers!

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Nusrat Ara's picture

We are all with you in taking

We are all with you in taking this relation further. Thanks for all you people have done and are still trying to do for us. Hope all your labour bears glorious fruit.

Love

PS: Is anyone out of the prog. Just wondered if all 31 of us are still in. I see a few missing.

Nusrat

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Dear Jenny

The oportunity to be a VOF correspondent alone is more than an award.
We look forward to working with you in the weeks and months and years ahead of us.

Thanks to you and the whole team for your sweat and sacrifice.

In appreciation,
Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

sunita.basnet's picture

I agree with gifty

Dear Jennifer ,
Honestly speaking, it might to be painful if we aren't selected but the fact is also that world pulse network has changed all of 31 correspondent life so we need to think about that also.

Thanks all of you for working hard to bring us together from different corner. Don't worry, we will be with all of you forever. I might write few because of time constrant but I will never stop writing. I promise.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

I agree with Sunita, but I can never stop writing. I have re-discovered my passion, and for me VOF will remain an encounter that I will never forget- the people, and the support has changed my life and given me confidence to write- on.

I always appreciate being here!!

Regards,

Stella Ndugire- Mbugua
ICS- Africa

jadefrank's picture

Congratulations!

I'd like to congratulate each and every one of you for your success in this program! You have come a long way, shared so much of yourselves and made some close friends along the way. I'm excited to read all of your final assignments, and I look forward to watching you continue to share with and lead the PulseWire community. This is your community and you have all made it the safe and supportive place that it is today. Thank you!

Love,
Jade

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