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Week One Learning Materials
Digital Media and Women's Empowerment (1/3)
An Introduction to Digital Media Concepts (2/3)
Opportunities Provided by Digital Media (3/3)

Week One Assignment

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Listeners Group Page

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Word Count Tool

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where should I post my article?
In your personal journal on World Pulse. Do not post your final assignment in the Voices of Our Future Group journal. This Group is reserved for updates, discussions and questions.

2. When is the assignment due?
The assignments are due on: April 8, April 15, April 22 and April 29 by 11:55pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), or GMT-7.
You can check what time this is in your local timezone at this link: Time Zone Converter

3. What should I title my assignment?
You can title your assignment anything you want, however you must tag your assignment correctly. Each weekly assignment has specific instruction on how to tag.

4. Can I write my story in my native language?
At this time we ask that you submit your assignment in English. However, you can use the Google Translation tool, which is at the very top of this page, to help. Click on the "Translate page" tab to find your language. But remember, this is not a perfect tool and there may be mistakes.

5. How will I know if my assignment is 500 words or less?
Word Count Tool is a simple and quick online tool to find your word count. Simply copy and paste your article in the form and click on the Submit button. Your word count will appear under the form.

If you are using Microsoft Word, select the text of your article. Click on Tools in the top menu. Select Word Count from the drop down menu.

6. Who will be reading my assignment?
World Pulse has gathered together an international panel of Listeners, composed of World Pulse staff, community and volunteers. This panel will be reviewing your assignments based on the criteria listed on the Applicants Group page.

You are encouraged to meet the Listeners by visiting their group here. Although this group is closed to non-Listeners, you will be able to friend Listeners and stay informed of what is happening "behind the scenes."

7. I still have a question. What do I do?
We encourage you to post your question to the Voices of Our Future Applicants Group, so that all applicants may benefit from your inquiry. We will answer it as fast as we can.

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Voices of Our Future Application: Week One

Introduction to Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment

Week One of the application process has been designed to provide you with an introduction to women’s empowerment through digital media, and citizen journalism. These are rich and complex topics and we are only scratching the surface.

Whether you are an active blogger or just recently started to use the Internet, we hope you will learn something new and valuable this week that supports your personal goals and vision in a digital media world. We also hope to ignite a passion to seek out ways to bring your voice to a global audience.

Before you get started, please take a moment to read through our Safety and Security Guidelines.

Week 1 Learning Outcomes and Reading Material

During this week, you will be introduced to:

Digital Media and Women's Empowerment (1/3)
An Introduction to Digital Media Concepts (2/3)
Opportunities Provided by Digital Media (3/3)

Once you are done with the 3 readings, access Week One Assignment

Helpful Links
Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page
Helpful Tools
Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

Questions? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions to the left.

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