Women’s Leadership Accelerator

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The application deadlines for the 2017 Women’s Leadership Accelerator program are fast approaching. There are two tuition-free programs: one is sponsored by the Online News Association and the other by Poynter. Both are designed to help women working on projects to advance digital media. Who the ONA program is looking for:

ONA staff works with a review committee comprised of a mix of industry leaders and past program participants to select candidates. As in past years, we strive for a diverse cohort, and we will factor in potential, need and diversity across ethnicity, age, geography, technology platforms and skill sets. We’re looking for women from a range of disciplines, including startups, digital-only, legacy media and blended newsrooms, broadcast and technology companies. (Reviewers must disclose any conflict of interest during the selection process and, in that case, recuse themselves from reviewing any applications.)

Last year, LAT’s Real-Time Editor Julie Westfall attended the ONA session. http://bit.ly/2emnmxS

Application deadline for the ONA program is Nov. 15 and will be held at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles for the full week of Feb. 5-10 in 2017.

Poynter will begin taking applications for its St. Petersburg-based program in late November. Its leadership week will be from March 19-24 in 2017.

Relevant links:




2017 Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media