Voices of Our Future Application Classroom

Welcome to the Voices of Our Future Application Classroom

Training the Next Generation of Women Citizen Journalists and Grassroots Leaders Shaping Our World

You will find all of your learning materials and assignments for the month-long application process in this classroom. Each week for the next four weeks, we will make a link to the learning materials and assignments live. There are four assignments in total.You must post these assignments in your journal with the correct tag and by the due date, to be considered. A panel of staff and volunteer Listeners will be evaluating and posting comments on your assignments each week. Listeners will be leaving comments on your assignments as well.

We encourage all applicants to be supportive of one another during this process. You can support your fellow applicants by posting and answering questions, asking for feedback on drafts, interacting with each other on the Voices of Our Future Applicants Group page, and inviting other applicants to become part of your community.

Although there are only 30 spaces available in the program, we value each and every one of your voices. We hope that you will continue to build your networks on World Pulse and reach out to women around the globe during and after this application process!

How to Get Started:

Step 1: Click on the links at the bottom of the page for the learning materials and your assignment. We publish (make live) each week's materials separately. You will be able to access each week's materials on the following dates:

  • Voices of Our Future Application, Week 1: Live on April 2
    Assignment due: April 8
  • Voices of Our Future Application, Week 2: Live on April 8
    Assignment due: April 15
  • Voices of Our Future Application, Week 3: Live on April 15
    Assignment due: April 22
  • Voices of Our Future Application, Week 4: Live on April 22
    Assignment due: April 29

Step 2: Read through the materials carefully. You will have approximately one week to complete the reading and writing assignment.

Step 3: Post your final assignment in your Journal on World Pulse, carefully following the directions for tagging. We are able to identify and evaluate your assignment only if you tag it correctly! To do this, go to your Journal (if you are not already logged in, you will be directed to do so). On the right hand side of the page, there will be an orange button that says "Post to Your Journal". Once you click on this button, you will be able to post your assignment. Give your journal entry an interesting title, then follow the instructions given for tagging.

For a description and instructions about tagging, read this helpful journal post by World Pulse Online Community Manager, Scott: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/solutions/64089

We encourage you to solicit feedback from other applicants on your assignment drafts. Try asking another applicant to read your assignment (you can send them a personal email, or post your draft to your journal). Please do not post your drafts in the Voices of Our Future Applicants Group. This group is primarily meant to serve as a space to ask questions about the application process.

Your assignments will be reviewed based on the criteria we have listed in the Voices of Our Future Applicants group*. May 20, we will announce the 30 applicants chosen to participate in the full program and become 2013 Voices of Our Future Correspondents.

If you have any questions, go to our Frequently Asked Questions section to the left in the sidebar, or post your question to the Voices of Our Future Applicant Group. If you still aren’t able to find an answer, please contact our team by sending an email to vof@worldpulse.com.

*For selection criteria visit the Voices of Our Future Applicants Group or click here for complete rules

Good luck!

Helpful links:

VOF Program Page
2013 VOF Applicants Group
2013 VOF Listeners Group
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 members 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.