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The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is for any professional journalists interested in advancing their careers and developing the skills to achieve their professional and personal goals. ELP is a challenging, practical and life-changing experience.

This is not a business-as-usual program about how to become a better manager. It is a transformational experience program aimed at developing the next diverse generation of journalism leaders who can lead in uncertain times and build a sustainable future for journalism.

The program explores the responsibilities and challenges of a media workplace, how to lead in the changing landscape and how cultural values come into play. Experienced career coaches and senior news executives lead participants as they explore a variety of topics in a small, nurturing environment.

The trainings are highly-interactive and engage participants in discussions, such as: 

  • How do leadership styles across various cultures affect our work?
  • Deconstructing organizational culture to identify barriers and paths to success.
  • In what ways does my background and values impact my work?
  • How can I meaningfully contribute to the industry and my community?

Participants will also explore perspectives on and gain concrete approaches to:

  • Diversity and culture in the workplace
  • Leadership skills, styles, and opportunities
  • Power, politics, and influence
  • Professional and career goal-setting
  • Personal branding and confidence
  • Negotiation tactics and applications


Individuals with at least four to seven years of experience are encouraged to apply. 


The 2024 ELP sessions will be held both in-person and virtually. Participants are required to attend all live and virtual sessions. They are also responsible for having all the technology needed to attend the virtual trainings, including a computer, webcam and a strong internet connection.

 2024 Sessions (all times are for the Eastern time zone)

  • In-person Opening Session in New York City: Wednesday through Saturday, March 20-23, 2024
  •  Virtual Sessions: Monthly from April to July, times and dates TBD.  
  •  In-person Closing Session: Wednesday, Aug. 7, during AAJA's National Convention in Austin, Texas. 


Tuition for ELP is $1,500 for AAJA members and $2,000 for non-members. It includes the costs of training materials, meals during in-person sessions and basic registration for the 2024 AAJA National Convention in Austin, Texas August 7-11, 2024

Applicants accepted to ELP must pay for the program by March 8. For those needing it, there will be an option to pay the tuition in two payments. Applicants who cancel their registration after March 1 will not receive a refund.

Those in need of financial assistance may reach out to their employers or local AAJA chapter leadership (AAJA members only). 


You must be a professional journalist to apply for the program. Fill out the application below for the U.S. ELP Cohort. 

Applications are due by Saturday, January 20 at 11:59 PM PT. Please note that space is very limited.
Attach the following documents to the form:

    • A résumé or link to your LinkedIn profile
    • A professional, color, high-resolution photo
    • A letter of recommendation from a supervisor (OPTIONAL)
    • A short 40-word biography

Contact AAJA HQ at support@aaja.org with any questions.

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