For more than 20 years, ELP’s four day leadership training has been developing leaders for the media industry.

ELP brings together mid- to senior-level journalists and prepares them for tackling important leadership and change management questions. ELP delves into important topics, such as leveraging identity, changing demographics effects, leadership styles across various cultures and regions affect the success and failures of products, and what lessons can be learned from established and emerging media markets that can be shared in this new poly-cultural and cross-cultural world.

The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is for those interested in moving ahead in the workplace and developing the necessary skills to achieve goals small and large. The program explores the responsibilities and challenges of the media workplace and examines how cultural values come into play in newsroom dynamics.

The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is dedicated to developing the next generation of journalists who can lead in uncertain times and build a sustainable future for journalism. In today’s changing media landscape, it is vital that leaders are equipped for addressing the responsibilities and challenges of serving our increasingly diverse and cross-cultural world.

AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program has an impressive 20+ year track record, committed to journalistic excellence and leadership training. ELP provides targeted professional development to diverse, high-potential, ambitious, and community-minded professionals. The program delivers more strategic, agile, confident, and diversity conscious leaders.

Dinah Eng, contributing writer for Fortune Magazine, is the founding director of AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program. She headed the establishment of ELP in 1995 when she was AAJA president. Since then, ELP has trained more than 500 media professionals to-date. Successfully fostering a pipeline of savvy industry leaders (many at major media companies) and providing graduates with access to a robust, life-long, and supportive alumni network.

Additionally, ELP offers continuing learning opportunities year-round (online and in-person), including: alumni programming, mentorship, workshops, and networking events.

Application Information

You must be a professional journalist with at least five years of experience to apply for the program.

Applications are due by April 30, 2021 at 11:59 PT. Please note that space is very limited.

Attach the following documents to the form:

  • A résumé or link to your LinkedIn profile
  • A professional, color, high-resolution photo
  • A letter of recommendation from a supervisor (OPTIONAL)
  • 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


AAJA welcomes donations to its student and professional programs throughout the year. Your donation to the ELP program will go a long way toward helping the students produce quality work and gain valuable newsroom experience in 2021!

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