Apply for Catalyst: AAJA’s Media Entrepreneurship Program


Applications are now open for Catalyst, a three-day boot camp for founders of color who want to learn how to fund and launch their own media products. The program is scheduled to take place November 9-11, 2017 at NYC’s Media Lab 2 MetroTech Center in Brooklyn, NY. Catalyst mentors and speakers will be announced soon.

We’re looking for people who are passionate about media and journalism, and who aspire to take their side hustles to the next level. Full-time and freelance journalists living in the US or abroad are encouraged to apply. If you're interested in being a part of the Catalyst class of 2017, please submit your application by 11:59pm PT on Friday, October 6. Applicants will be notified of their application status by mid-October.

While it costs nothing to apply, once you’re accepted into the program, there is a $400 program fee for AAJA members and $600 for non-AAJA members. If you’re not yet an AAJA member, you can register for an annual membership here. The program fee includes workshops, speaker panels, and one-on-one mentoring sessions where you will learn how to: 

  • Transform ideas into products

  • Develop strategies for finding product-market fit

  • Legally incorporate an organization

  • Pitch angel investors and venture capitalists

  • Apply to incubators and accelerator programs

  • Navigate the foundation grantmaking process

  • And join a growing community of media investors, advisors, and founders of color

All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are included in the program. AAJA is also offering $500 travel stipends to a limited number of recipients. If you’re interested in a travel stipend, please fill out the “Optional: Travel Stipend” section at the bottom of the application.







If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Garcia at