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OpEd topic and me getting a little ahead of myself

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Hey Everybody!

So far, all of my assignments have been related to peacebuilding, so I don't know why I would stop here! My OpEd will be on the same topic. Although the module teaches us about how to pitch our article, our assignment doesn't say that we have to pitch it to a newspaper or magazine. I will, however, make an effort to see my OpEd published somewhere else. I felt highly encouraged by the positive reviews of my last article, and the fact that it had been published in an eNewsletter I've never heard of.

I just happen to be in The Hague, The Netherlands right now to participate in the International Steering Group meeting of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (I'm one of the 6 members of the ISG) and a conference on peace education. I have been asked to give an hour workshop to give some examples on what my organization does in terms of peace education, but my topic of discussion will really be about new media and citizen journalism. I know that our last assignment involves training some 5 women about citizen journalism, but I'm getting ahead of myself by taking the opportunity now to teach others about PulseWire and its noble initiative. Seriously, I think that citizen journalism and new media are excellent tools to advocate for peace, especially when it comes to youth activists. I think that by giving such a presentation, I really can add a lot of value to the overall conference.

Dear Rachael and Scott... I only have an hour to give this workshop so I won't have much time to really do anything. So to save time, I've developed a handout so that the participants can take home with them citizen journalism terms. I want to of course make reference to PulseWire, but most of the things I've put in the handout are not on the website; they were in our VOF applicant module. Therefore, I can't really put a direct link on the handout that would lead them to the concepts I'd be referring to. Instead, I've included this at the end of the handout:

Source: World Pulse, Voice of Our Future Program—Training the next generation of women citizen journalists and grassroots leaders shaping our world. (http://www.worldpulse.com)

Do you think it is an appropriate enough reference?

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Rahel Weldeab's picture

One thing I forgot to

One thing I forgot to mention! There is a young woman who is also a member of the International Steering Group with me. Originally from Colombia, and working with exiles of Tibet, she has some incredible knowledge and experience in healing and feminine wisdom. I cannot overstate how awesome she is and how great our conversations are! I feel so fortunate!!!

Sahro's picture

WOW!

Wow Rahel,
You are in NL? And you are in the UNOY Peacebuilders ISG committee?
What a coincidence! I too am in NL too and i also have been working with UNOY for many years.. and was on their board some years back!

Please pass my salaams to everyone there and i wish you all a productive meeting!

xoxox, Sah

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Rahel Weldeab's picture

Double WOW!!!

That is such an amazing coincidence!!! I don't know if the people you've worked with are still working with UNOY, but I will definitely pass on your greetings as a message of peaceful solidarity! I would love to learn more about your past experience with UNOY, peacebuilding and your work in gender. I can already tell that I could learn so much from you. :)

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Fabulous!

Dear Rahel,

Wow! Both you and Treasureland are getting a head start on the Each One Teach Five training. I am very impressed with your work and your desire to share your training with the UNOY.

First off, we have materials in Module 6 for you that may help as you reach out to your community to teach them about VOF materials and PulseWire. Go to http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/programs/voices-of-our-future-classr.... Please make sure to use the tracking document to help report to us who you trained! We are currently uploading all of the learning materials as part of Each One Teach Five. In the meantime, however, it is perfectly okay for you to give links to the VOF classroom. Scott also uploaded all the materials in word to our group page, which I will ask him to send you the link for.

Also, your attribution is just fine :)

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Cheers,

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

Rahel Weldeab's picture

Great! I didn't even know

Great! I didn't even know that module 6 was live and accessible! I will be going through it and adjusting the workshop I will be conducting this Sunday accordingly. Please do understand, however, that I have other plans when it comes to the actual module 6 assignment. I will be giving the training to young women in my country who are members and volunteers of the National Union of Eritrean Women.

Thank you so much for your support Rachael!! We'll be keeping in close touch!

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Sounds fabulous, I look

Sounds fabulous, I look forward to hearing about your training in-country!

Cheers,

R

"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

mrbeckbeck's picture

Very exciting!

This is wonderful to see Rahel!

Here again is the link to the VOF learning materials, by module, in PDF form: http://worldpulse.com/node/46906

Have fun!
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

micheleweldon's picture

Turning this into an oped

Rachel,
How amazing. I think if you organized your talk into main points, this is something that could definitely fit into a format of an opinion piece for many different media-- print, online, even audio or video. The first step is to write it succintly, in 700 words, with a lede that is catchy and makes your main statement, Big Idea or argument, answering the So what? Why now? questions. Then break it down to suggestions and state the need for it. Definitely, the news hook is your ISG involvement, as that is current and demonstrates your expertise. I am happy to help you shape this. Sounds necessary and exciting.
Best,
Michele

Michele Weldon
Author, Journalist, Northwestern University Medill School Assistant Professor,
Workshop Instructor, Keynoter, Multimedia Expert
michele@theopedproject.org
www.micheleweldon.com
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michele-weldon
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