Call for the Women in News Leadership Accelerator 2024 is open now!!!

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. 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).

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.

WIN has established training partnerships with leading academic and professional training institutions in Africa, the Arab Region and Southeast Asia to develop a customised management and leadership training curriculum for mid-level journalists and editors who are ready to take on greater responsibilities within their newsrooms. WIN has partnered with Fraycollege to deliver the Women in News Media Management Foundation e-learning course in Africa, Southeast Asia and globally. WIN has partnered with the GAPP institute within American University in Cairo to deliver the Women in News Media Management programme for the Arab Region. WIN has also developed in-house customised training focusing on the business of digital and how to operationalise digital strategy in your news organisation. This is tailored to emerging and transitional media markets and is a must for any aspiring media leader.

WAN-IFRA Women in News partners with media, industry partners and individuals to increase gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the news media. They do so in the belief that inclusive newsrooms, boardrooms and content are key to building resilient news organisations. Their programmes empower people and organisations to work together in support of a healthier, lasting and inclusive news industry. Recognising that gender is the largest of the diversity categories, with more than 50% of the world’s population identifying as women, their leadership development  programme, the WIN Leadership Accelerator,  prioritises women and non-binary individuals. Their training and advocacy work with media partners in the areas of organisational strategy, content strategy and stability encourages participation of all genders.




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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • This program recognises 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.
Eligible Regions: Africa, the Arab Region and Southeast Asia.

Application Process

Learners must complete the registration form at the beginning of the course and submit the following:

  • Certified copies of their identity documents or passports
  • Certified copies of their qualifications
  • A copy of their CV

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