2021 Women In News (WIN) Leadership Accelerator Program

Deadline: Janaury 31, 2021.

WIN Leadership Accelerator is 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.


  1. 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 and Vietnam (Southeast Asia).
  2. The WIN Leadership Accelerator is targeted at mid to senior level editors and journalists in WIN’s intervention markets.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


Successful applicants to the WIN Leadership Accelerator programme benefit from the following:
1. 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.
2. 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 -learning platforms.
3. Gender Balance in Content training: Get exposed to tools and tactics to help you and your organisation achieve more balanced and representative content.
4. 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.
5. Leadership Hubs: National or regional in-person and virtual gatherings that will help to develop personal and career management strategies and build professional networks.
*COVID-19 Precautions: Given the ongoing risks from COVID-19, the WIN Leadership Accelerator is currently offered entirely and exclusively online through virtual meetings, webinars and training. This approach will continue until it’s safe to resume in-person events, based on local and regional conditions.

OFFICIAL LINK: https://womeninnews.org/win-accelerator/

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