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Women in News Leadership Accelerator Programme 2024

Status: Closed

  • Mentoring
  • Training & education

Organisation: WAN-IFRA

Deadline: 15/01/2024

Location: Africa, Arab Region & Southeast Asia

The Women in News has launched the Leadership Accelerator Programme, an intensive 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.


Through a combination of coaching, training, mentoring and networking, they enable journalists and editors who take part in the programme to acquire new skills and build their capacity to lead and transform.


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. The 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.

Leadership Hubs

  • National or regional in-person and virtual gatherings that will help to develop personal and career management strategies and build professional networks.

Geographic Focus

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).

Who can apply?

  • 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.
  • They recognise that gender is not binary. All media professionals who are women identifying, as well as non-binary people, are welcome to apply to the Accelerator.

Learn more here and apply.

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