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2012 Voices of Our Future Correspondents
This is a closed group for Voices of Our Future Correspondents only. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Begin the Journey. Step into the circle and join hands with 30 women from around the globe!
Welcome 2012 Voices of Our Future Correspondents! Over the course of the next six months, you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to hone your unique voice, communicate your vision to a global audience and strengthen your empowered leadership. You are brave, you are beautiful and you are the voices of our future.
This group serves as your space for asking questions and sharing your experiences as you journey 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 Brazil!
As part of this program, you will receive training in new media and citizen journalism. You will also be paired with a personal Vision Mentor and an Editorial Midwife. These professional and passionate women are here to support you in completing the programing and actualizing and vocalizing your visions for change.
How Does it Work?
The training program includes six learning modules:
- Module 1 Principles, Practice and a Profile: an introduction to journalistic principles; learning how to conduct an interview and write a profile.
- Module 2 On the Frontlines: learning how to write a frontline journal.
- Module 3 Write to Change the World: learning how to write an op-ed.
- Module 4 The Feature Story: learning how to write a feature story.
- Module 5 Digital Storytelling: learning how to create video and photo slide-shows.
- Module 6 Each One Teach Five: a training of trainers model to spread the wave of women's empowerment
You will also learn how to use new media to amplify your voice online; streamline your online experience and store information; use Google Search effectively to support your assignments; use mobile phones; and put Facebook and Twitter to use for more than just social networking.
We know how important it is to take care of yourself while you're working for the betterment of your communities, so we've made six wellness videos available to you. These videos were generously created by Amy Lombardo of True Nature Wellness. Amy served as a 2009 Vision Mentor and wanted to continue giving back to the Correspondents.
Each module is led by a program partners and World Pulse Staff. Modules 1,2 and 4 are led by The Global Press Institute; Module 3 is lead by The Op-Ed Project; Module 5 is led by Sehrish Shaban; and Module 6 is led by World Pulse staff.
Each module has a set of learning materials and an associated assignment. For modules 1-4 you will be asked to complete a writing assignment, for Module 5 you will be asked to create a short video or photo slide-show, and for Module 6 you will be asked to reach out to at least five other women in your community and share you new knowledge.
We will conduct a Question and Answer conference 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.
How Much Time Will This Take?
Between November 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012, 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 Vision 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 manual.
- November 1-14: Connecting with your Mentors and Editorial Midwives
- November 15th or 16th: Correspondent Orientation
- November 15th: Module 1 begins
- November 22 or 23 : Conference Call for Module 1
- December 12: Final assignment for Module 1 due
- December 12: Module 2 begins
- December 13 or 14: Conference Call for Module 2 * this call is being held early because of the holidays
- January 16: Final assignment for Module 2 due
- January 16: Module 3 begins
- January 24 or 25: Conference Call for Module 3
- February 13: Final assignment for Module 3 due
- February 13: Module 4 begins
- February 21 or 22: Conference Call for Module 4
- March 12: Final assignment for Module 4 due
- March 12: Module 5 begins
- March 20 or 21: Conference Call for Module 5 assignment due end of April
- April 16: Module 6 begins
- April 24 or 25 : Conference call for Module 6
- April 30: Final assignment for Module 5 due
You will be receiving an email with steps for getting started and a welcome manual. Additionally, by November 1 you should receive the name and contact information of your Vision Mentor and Editorial Midwife. If you have not received this information, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
A hard copy of the welcome packet, 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 reach 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 Vision 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 personal PulseWire community.
If you have questions about Voices of Our Future, please contact the Program Manager, Rachael Maddock-Hughes, at firstname.lastname@example.org