AAJA’s 2023 Executive Leadership Program (ELP) Is Now Accepting Applications

Apply to be part of the 2023 cohort by March 1, 2023

Applications for AAJA’s 2023 Executive Leadership Program are now open! ELP is our signature program for mid- to senior-level journalists that trains the next executive leaders in newsrooms. The program prepares journalists for advancing their careers and developing new skills to lead and build a sustainable future for journalism. 

Our 2023 program will be hybrid, with virtual sessions and in-person components. The opening sessions will take place in Washington, D.C. from April 27-29 and the closing session will take place during our 2023 national convention in Washington, D.C. on July 22. 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. 

Tuition 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 2023 AAJA National Convention. For assistance with tuition, individuals may apply for the Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship, which grants up to $1,000 to professional journalists seeking newsroom leadership training and management development.


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 1 at 11:59 p.m. Apply here.

More details for ELP Asia are forthcoming.

2023 In-Person session DATES 
All in-person sessions for ELP in 2023 will take place in Washington, D.C. 
Opening sessions: April 27-29 
Virtual Sessions: May-July, approximately half to one day every other week for 5-8 hours. Times and dates TBD.  
Closing session: July 22 during AAJA’s national 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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