AAJA Executive Leadership Program (ELP) Applications Now Open

Applications for AAJA’s 2024 Executive Leadership Program are now open! ELP provides mid to senior-level career professionals with the training and skills needed to become journalism industry leaders. 

Our 2024 program will be hybrid, with virtual sessions and in-person components. The opening session will take place in New York City from March 20-23 and the closing session will take place during our 2024 national convention in Austin, Texas on August 7. 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 reliable internet. 

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 2024 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 rolling basis until filled. You must be a professional journalist to apply for the program. 

U.S. ELP cohort deadline: January 20, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Apply here

2024 DATES:

Opening sessions: March 20-23, in-person sessions in New York City

Virtual Sessions: May-July, 1.5 hour-long monthly virtual sessions. Times and dates TBD.  

Closing session: August 7 during AAJA’s national convention in Austin, Texas


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. Learn more about ELP here.

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