Apply For AAJA’s 2022 Executive Leadership Program (ELP) Cohort By March 25

Professional journalists, apply for this life-changing opportunity to learn and grow as leaders

AAJA has opened applications for our 2022 Executive Leadership Program for US and Asia! ELP is our signature program that trains the next executive leaders in newsrooms. It is a challenging, practical and life-changing experience for professional journalists interested in advancing their career and developing the skills to achieve their professional and personal goals. 

Our 2022 program will be hybrid, with sessions held virtually and in-person components in Los Angeles during #AAJA22 convention in the US or #N3con22 in Asia. Participants are required to attend all live sessions. They are also responsible for having all the technology needed to attend a virtual conference, including a computer, webcam and strong internet connection. 

If you reside in Asia, please go here for Asia-specific dates, details and application. ELP Asia and ELP U.S. will take place in a similar timeframe but at different times, except for some limited joint sessions and networking events. Some ELP Asia modules are specially crafted to take into account Asia’s culture and values.

Tuition is $1,450 for AAJA members and $2,000 for non-members. It includes the costs of training materials, GrubHub credit for 5 meals and a registration for the 2022 AAJA National Convention.


Individuals with at least four to seven years of experience are encouraged to apply. Space is limited and applications are reviewed on a rotating basis until filled. You must be a professional journalist to apply for the program. 

U.S. ELP cohort deadline: March 25 at 11:59 p.m. Apply here

Asia ELP cohort deadline: April 8 at 11:59 p.m. Apply here.

Contact Angela Tang (, programs and memberships coordinator at AAJA HQ, with any questions.


Monday, May 2: 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 13: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, May 27: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, June 10: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday, June 17: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday, July 15: 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 30 (in person at convention)

More About ELP 

The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) 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 generation of diverse 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. Learn more about ELP here.

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