Online News Association in the USA is inviting applications for the Women’s Leadership Accelerator Programme for Women in Digital Journalism in 2020.
The Women’s Leadership Accelerator is a yearlong intensive Programme that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women who are pushing digital innovation. Each year they welcome a cohort of women representing a range of backgrounds, expertise, and newsrooms around the globe.
The Women’s Leadership Accelerator kicks off at the University of California Los Angeles with an intensive week of mentoring, discussion and learning from some of the top minds in digital media. Participants work closely with mentors on challenges unique to their careers and also receive support and coaching from ONA throughout the year.
Worth of Award
The Women’s Leadership Accelerator provides:
- A week of hands-on personal and professional work; candid discussions about leadership, work-life balance and problem-solving in the newsroom; deep dives on developing leadership and management skills; inspiring visits to digital media organizations; and one-on-one mentoring from industry leaders.
- A year of check-ins and practical targeted guidance and personal coaching on individual challenges.
- Registration, travel, and accommodations for the 2020 Online News Association Conference (ONA20) in Atlanta.
- A half-day workshop for women in the program during ONA20.
- The opportunity to be a part of a cohort of peers to serve as a strong career-long support system.
- The Women’s Leadership Accelerator training is tuition-free.
- They also provide breakfast, lunch and some dinners throughout the week in March.
The following are the eligibility criteria;
- The Accelerator is designed for practitioners working in digital media, including freelancers, entrepreneurs, and independent journalists, who are pushing innovation in digital media.
- This means they’re looking for women who not only have an understanding of the digital journalism landscape but who are helping to advance it in innovative ways.
- Applicants should have leadership experience, which can mean managing people or projects, and be committed to further developing their skills.
- Innovation means different things in different markets, and they consider that when reviewing applications.
How to Apply
To apply, the following should be provided;
- Provide name, bio, relevant online presence, photo, job title and relevant professional experience as presented in your resume.
- Provide details about where you live, how you identify yourself, your phone and email.
- Describe the problem or challenge you are facing. (500 words or fewer)
- Why is it important to solve this challenge? (250 words or fewer)
- What do you hope to personally gain from participating in the Women’s Leadership Accelerator? (250 words or fewer)
- A digital Project
- One letter of recommendation from an employer, professional colleague or business partner outlining your demonstrated leadership ability.
Deadline: Application closes on October 31, 2019.