Coaching Benefits WIN Participants and Coaches

Suzanne MollPossibly the most impactful and pivitol aspect of WAN-IFRA’s Women In News (WIN) programme is career coaching. In order to assist participants from Botswana, Namibia an Zambia in developing their career roadmaps – detailed five-year plans for professional growth within the media industry – two international career coaches have been actively involved since WIN’s July launch; engaging WIN women regularly in person and over the phone.

The professional backgrounds of WIN’s coaches is equally as varied as the participants, who hail from a range of departments within the media industries of their respective countries. On one hand there is Beth Oakes, a Canadian executive advisor and founder of The Oakes Group; and on the other is Suzanne Moll, a Danish media veteran with a career spanning radio, television and newspapers.

Suzanne Moll shared her thoughts on taking on the role of a WIN Coach after decades in the media industry. [Read more...]

“A leader sets the culture for the organisation; a manager leads the team”

Respect for deadlines, being an ‘active’ listener and learning how to make decisions are key qualities of a good leader, said Paula Fray, expert trainer and Regional Director of IPS Africa, in her opening of a four-hour training session on leadership developed exclusively for participants of the WAN-IFRA Women in News (WIN) programme.

“All of this links up to the culture of the organisation. If you manage your own time well and respect the time of others, this sets the pace and culture of the organisation.”

18 media managers from business and editorial departments of newspapers in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia took part in the workshop, part of a three-day conference that included one-on-one coaching, multiple skills development sessions, roundtable discussions and networking activities. [Read more...]

Women In News in Full Swing

Women in News (WIN), a groundbreaking initiative from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) that helps female media professionals advance their careers, will see participants from Zambia, Namibia and Botswana meet in Johannesburg, South Africa, next week as the programme reaches its half-way point.

“The WIN programme is an initiative that helps instill confidence and strengthen the position of women in media organisations,” said Yvonne Pele, Editor of The Education Post in Zambia and a participating mentor in the programme. “This is a programme that one would like to see spread to other African countries, knowing very well that there are a lot of women that wish to excel in their careers and are faced with similar problems.”

The WIN programme combines training in management and leadership skills, mentoring, panel discussions, networking and one-on-one coaching through multiple national and programme-wide gatherings held throughout a six-month period. WIN has a specific focus on creating and promoting local connections among participants to complement input from international trainers and coaches. This approach helps ensure that it is locally driven and largely self-sustainable; an approach that is consistent with WAN-IFRA’s overall media development strategy. [Read more...]