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Working FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) For Correspondents

Hello Correspondents,

The below document is a working list of questions we've encountered about the program. Your input, suggestions, comments and further questions will help make it even better, so please feel free to contribute!

General Questions

Q. Will I still receive weekly assignments like I did in the application process?

A. In a way, yes. However, instead of receiving a weekly assignment, you will receive one assignment per learning module (approximately one month long each). There are also suggested activities in each learning module. The suggested activities are not required! They are just a way to get you to start thinking about the materials. However, if you have time, we encourage you to complete them.

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 Rachael or Scott with an explanation and requested extension.

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

A. Have patience. This will be easier some days than others! With the differences in time zones, issues with connectivity, and busy lives, it could take up to a few days 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:

* To convert from one time zone to another, use the Time Zone Converter.
* To convert multiple time zones at once, use the use the Meeting Planner.
* To see all timezones around the world, visit the Customized World Clock

If you still have questions, please email Rachael or Scott--we don't want you to miss these calls!

Q. Do I have to pay for the Q&A call or my Mentoring calls?

A. No. We have signed up for a service (Calliflower) for the Q&A calls which allows you to call in for free from anywhere in the world using Skype. For some countries, there are also local numbers you can call into from your mobile or landline if your internet connection is not stable. If you need help getting set up with Skype, please contact Rachael or Scott. To find a local number in your country for Calliflower, go to http://www.calliflower.com/getting-to-know-calliflower/international-dia.... If you cannot find a local number, please contact Calliflower directly. Your Mentor has agreed to absorb the cost for the three mentoring phone calls. We suggest you both use Skype to connect to reduce costs (Skype to Skype calls are free, and you can do a video call!).

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. Please follow the instructions in the welcome manual for ensuring that you receive the stipend.

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 you have any questions please review the World Pulse Terms of Use, http://www.worldpulse.com/about/terms, or contact our team.

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.

Technical Questions
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 Rachael or Scott 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.
* Un-select 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

Comments

Hi Rachael,

Thank you so much for the FAQ post. The questions and answers are straightforward, educational and very informative. Can we use the "2010 Voices of Our Future Correspondents Group" as a discussion forum where we discuss our challenges and also provide solutions related to the course in general and assignments or would you prefer us to post this in our journal?

And congratulations to all the Correspondents....I am looking forward to your posts and good luck to each and every one of you!

Thanks,

Rudzanimbilu Muthambi

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Dear Rudzani, Great

Dear Rudzani,

Great question! Please do use the Correspondents group to talk about challenges and solutions related to the course. Anything VOF-related can be talked about here! Have a wonderful weekend.

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

usha kc's picture

yes, very helpful

yes, very helpful information. thank you for sharing.

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Wao! I can’t help to rejoice knowing that the correspondents are issued with a Press-Pass. This is amazing. With a Press-Pass, It feels like a reporter for CNN, BBC , Al jezeral (or any of the International Multi-Media Cables/TV/Radios). Lovely. Thanks Rachel for the update.

Stay Blessed

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