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2010 Voices of Our Future Correspondents

The 2010 program has closed. If you are a Correspondent, please join our alumni group, Voices of Our Future Correspondents Network. For more information, please contact

Begin the Journey. Step into the circle and join hands with 30 women from around the globe!

Welcome 2010 Voices of Our Future Correspondents! Over the course of the next five months, we hope the skills and knowledge you learn will help hone your strong voices and empowered leadership. You are brave, you are beautiful and you are the voices of our future.

This group will serve as your space for asking questions and sharing your experiences as you walk through the program together. The online classroom will serve as your text book, and your personal PulseWire journal will be your pen and paper. With these tools at your fingertips, we know you will create electric sparks that will be felt from Zimbabwe to Bolivia!

As part of this program, you will receive training in citizen journalism and Web 2.0. You will also be paired one on one with an Empowerment Mentor and an Editorial Midwife. These professional and passionate women are here to support your personal and professional goals, help you overcome obstacles you may face in completing the program, and help you hone your unique voice.

But How Does it Work?
The training program includes 4 learning modules, covering topics including: basic journalistic principals; the world pulse editorial voice; how to conduct research and interviews; how to write an op-ed feature story and frontline journal; and social media tools. Also, Amy Lombardo from True Nature Wellness is making six, short, wellness videos for self-care available to you throughout the training.

Each module is led by program partners The Press Institute or The Op-Ed Project, and World Pulse staff. Your Empowerment Mentors have been facilitated by program partner, The Empowerment Institute.

For each module, there will be a set of learning materials and a writing assignment. We will also conduct a conference Question and Answer call approximately one week after the start of each module. These calls are not required, but we do suggest you attend if you can, as it will give you a chance to connect with other Correspondents and our staff and clear up any questions you may have about the learning materials.

How Much Time Will This Take?
Between November 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, we estimate it will take you between 5-7 hours per month to complete the reading materials and your assignment, and to communicate with your Empowerment Mentor and Editorial Midwife.

Let’s Get Started!
Please start by reviewing the important dates below. Please note, a more detailed calendar is included in your welcome packet.

  • November 1-14: Connecting with your Mentors and Editorial Midwives
  • November 5: Mentor Love Letter due
  • November 15th or 16th: Correspondent Orientation
  • November 15th: Module 1 begins
  • Novebmer 22 or 23 : Conference Call for Module 1
  • December 14: Final assignment for Module 1 due
  • December 15: Module 2 begins
  • January 3 or 4: Conference Call for Module 2
  • January 25: Final assignment for Module 2 due
  • January 26: Module 3 begins
  • February 2 or 3: Conference Call for Module 3
  • February 28: Final assignment for Module 3 due
  • March 1: Module 4 begins
  • March 7 or 8: Conference Call for Module 4
  • March 29: Final assignment for Module 4
  • April 4 or 5: Conference call for Each One Teach Five and Program Wrap-up

You should have received an email with steps for getting started with the training, a welcome manual and winners affidavit. Additionally, by November 1 you should receive the name and contact information of your Empowerment Mentor and Editorial Midwife. If you have not yet received this email, please notify or

A hard copy of the welcome packet, along with Gail Straub’s new memoir, and a few other treats will also be mailed to you (snail mail). Please be patient, as it may take a couple of weeks for this to get to you.

We will also be sending you a technology stipend to help offset the cost of internet access. More information about this is located in your welcome manual.

Important Links and Documents
In the meantime, go ahead and check out the Empowerment Mentors and Editorial Midwives! You can read the posts in their group journal and get a glimpse of what is going on behind the scenes. Don’t forget to ask your mentor and midwife to be part of your PulseWire community.

2010 Voices of Our Future Online Classroom
Correspondent Intake Form
To view the Correspondent FAQ, click here.
Detailed Calendar for Correspondents
2010 Correspondent Welcome Manual
Correspondent Welcome Letter
For complete rules, click here.

If you have questions about Voices of Our Future, please contact the Program Manager, Rachael Maddock-Hughes, at

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