Now Accepting Applications for ELP 2014

ELP will take place from June 18 – 21, 2014 at the Gannett Company headquarters in McLean, Virginia. The application deadline for the 2014 ELP Intro Session has passed.



The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) Introductory Session is for any AAJA member who is interested in moving ahead in the workplace and developing the necessary skills to achieve goals small and large. ELP has designed a program that is challenging, practical and life changing, and is recommended for anyone with four or more years of experience in a media organization. The program explores the responsibilities and challenges of the media workplace and examines how cultural values come into play in newsroom dynamics. Led by professional career coaches and executives, participants will explore a variety of topics in a small, nurturing environment, including:

• Setting goals
• Defining success
• Negotiating promotions and raises
• Dealing with pressure and politics
• Conquering excuses


Applicants must have a minimum of four years experience as print, broadcast or online journalists or media business professionals. Participants must also establish they have the potential to further their leadership abilities.


The 2014 ELP Introductory Session will be held at the Gannett Company headquarters in McLean, Virginia from June 18 – 21, 2014. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Gannett HQ (about 15 minutes from Washington, D.C.), as well as for their hotel accommodations.


Tuition and fees – which cover the costs of instruction, instructional materials and most meals – for ELP is $2,000. Applicants accepted to ELP must provide a $300 deposit by April 4, 2014, and full payment must be received by May 9, 2014. Accepted applicants who cancel their registration after the May 9th deadline will forfeit their deposit.

For financial assistance with tuition and fees, consider contacting your local chapter for a stipend or applying for a 2014 Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship (applications available here; the deadline for the Dinah Eng Fellowship is Monday, March 17).


Click here for the application and fill it out completely. You must be a 2014 AAJA member to apply for the program; return to your online account homepage to confirm your status and, if needed, join or renew your membership.

Attach the following documents to the form:
• A résumé
• A professional, color, high-resolution photo
• A letter of recommendation from a supervisor
• A short 40-word biography
• A 250-word statement explaining what you hope to learn from this program and how it will help your career

Contact Justin Seiter at the national office with any questions. Learn more about last year’s program and read what the participants had to say here!