WIN Leadership Accelerator

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, we enable journalists and editors who take part in the programme to acquire new skills and build their capacity to lead and transform.

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67% of WIN alums have reported career progression after completing the Leadership Accelerator programme


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.

Who can apply

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.

We 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.

“This, in my opinion, is one of the best settings for peer-to-peer learning and self-discovery. Peer-to-peer mentoring intrigues me because it allows you to observe your peer for the first time in the role of a mentor, which contradicts the conventional wisdom about what mentoring is.”

Nonhlanhla Ngwenya, Alumn member from Zimbabwe

More about the Media Management Training (MMT)

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.