The Women in News Leadership Accelerator Program is an initiative designed to empower and advance women professionals in the media industry worldwide. Operated by the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), this program aims to address the gender disparity in newsrooms by providing training, mentorship, and networking opportunities to women working in various media roles.
The Women in News (WIN) Leadership Accelerator is a nine-month long career and leadership programme for journalists and editors working in Africa, the Arab Region and Southeast Asia. The programme accepts 100-150 applicants, annually. Women media professionals from the following countries are eligible to apply: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe (WIN Africa), Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine (WIN Arab Region), Myanmar, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia (Southeast Asia).
The WIN Leadership Accelerator typically targets mid-career women journalists, editors, and other media professionals who exhibit strong leadership potential and a commitment to driving change within the media landscape. The program focuses on enhancing leadership skills, empowering participants to take on more significant roles and effect positive change in their organizations.
Throughout the program, participants engage in a range of activities, including training sessions, workshops, and networking events, tailored to develop leadership skills, management capabilities, and strategic thinking. They also benefit from mentorship provided by experienced media executives and professionals, gaining valuable insights and guidance to navigate challenges in the industry.
One of the key components of the WIN Leadership Accelerator is the emphasis on fostering a supportive network of women leaders in the media. This network allows participants to connect, share experiences, and collaborate with like-minded professionals from diverse backgrounds and regions, fostering a global community of empowered women in the media industry.
By providing targeted training, mentorship, and networking opportunities, the WIN Leadership Accelerator Program aims to equip women in the media with the skills, confidence, and support they need to advance into leadership positions, thereby contributing to a more diverse and inclusive media landscape worldwide.
This Program operates as a multifaceted initiative, offering a comprehensive platform to support and elevate women professionals within the media sphere.
This program often includes modules focused on a range of critical areas, such as digital transformation, audience engagement strategies, editorial leadership, and business management in the media industry. By providing targeted training in these areas, the program equips participants with the necessary skills to navigate the evolving media landscape and drive innovation within their respective organizations.
The mentorship component of the WIN Leadership Accelerator is a significant highlight. Participants are paired with experienced mentors, often top-tier industry leaders, who provide guidance, share insights, and offer personalized advice to help participants overcome challenges and seize opportunities for growth in their careers.
The networking aspect of the program is equally impactful. Participants have the opportunity to connect with peers, mentors, and industry experts, fostering relationships that extend beyond the program duration. This global network not only offers ongoing support but also serves as a platform for collaboration and idea-sharing among women leaders in the media field.
- Through a combination of coaching, training, mentoring and networking, we enable journalists and editors who take part in the programme to acquire new skills and build their capacity to lead and transform.
Requirements For The Women in News Leadership Accelerator Program
- The WIN Leadership Accelerator is targeted at mid to senior level editors and journalists in WIN’s intervention markets.
- Participants must have two to three years of experience managing people or processes and be working in the media sector – print or digital newspapers, radio and, in some cases, broadcast.
Successful applicants to the WIN Leadership Accelerator programme benefit from the following:
One-on-one coaching to create a three-to-five year career roadmap
Develop your career management plan and learn how to implement it. Coach and mentee meet individually on five occasions with follow-up sessions. Our coaches use global best practices, customised specifically for the WIN Accelerator.
Certified Media Management training
Regional and global experts drawn from the WIN and WAN-IFRA extended community deliver training on: newsroom management, financial management, operationalising digital strategy and the business of news. Delivered in person and via e-learning platforms.
Gender Balance in Content training
Get exposed to tools and tactics to help you and your organisation achieve more balanced and representative content.
Managing Sexual Harassment training
Tools and procedures to protect yourself and members of your team from sexual harassment in the newsroom and in the field.
National or regional in-person and virtual gatherings that will help to develop personal and career management strategies and build professional networks.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2024.
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