Call for applications: Women In News Africa 2018/2019

WAN-IFRA seeks high-potential media women for participation in its flagship leadership development programme.

The World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is pleased to invite women journalists to apply for the Women in News (WIN) Leadership Development Programme. 


– Applicants eligible for this call should be working in these countries: Botswana, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya. 
– Media women with a minimum of 2 years in a middle management position (editorial or a senior journalist)

WIN works with media companies and their high potential female employees to overcome the gender gap in management and senior management positions. The programme seeks to equip women media professionals in middle and senior management positions with the right skills, knowledge and attitudes to help advance their careers. WIN provides them the support networks they need to take on a greater leadership role within their organizations and works with their organizations to create environments for high potential women to succeed.
In-keeping up with technological developments, the WIN programme’s Media Management training will be taken as an Online Media Management Foundation Course in association with Frayintermedia, which makes learning about media management a lot more exciting with the potential of reaching more people. The course has five modules in total :
– Leadership and Management
– Change Management
– Finance for non-Financial managers
– Marketing and Advertising
– Human Resources including newsroom processes

The successful applicants will be also be expected to volunteer time in the mentoring of up and coming journalists in their markets as a way of giving back to their community.  This is a requirement of the WIN programme so as to help build the staying power for young  female  journalists in the media while creating a community of support  for the advancement of women.

The programme will run from September 2018 to June 2019 and successful applicants will benefit from the following: 
1- Online Leadership and Media Management Training 
2- One-on-one coaching support
3- Peer Mentoring
4- National and Regional Networking opportunities
5- Opportunities for bespoke topics at national events, which include but are not limited to mobile journalism as well as other practical skills that can be used in and outside the newsroom.

In addition, participants who have the right aptitude and demonstrate commitment to the WIN programme through completion of the online course, participation in National Gatherings, participation in all assigned coaching sessions and engagement with the Future Leaders programme may be considered for a Master Class Fellowship to do a Certificate in Media Management Studies with WITS University of South Africa.

While in previous years WIN has been accepting media women mostly from the print media, this year the call is being extended to even those in digital and electronic media.


Interested applicants can download the nomination form here and the MoU form here. Please fill and send both documents.

In the event that you fail to download) request an application form by sending an email to the following email addresses:

For applicants from Rwanda, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, please send your requests to 

For applicants from Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi, please send your requests to


Note: Successful participants will be expected to travel on specific occasions throughout the programme. Your availability for this will be crucial for the overall success of the programme.

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