Today, WAN-IFRA Women in News’ (WIN) Leadership Accelerator programme kicks off in Vietnam. The 2-month long (August-September 2020) career training for women journalists and editors will include sessions on career development, media management, and gender balance in content. With COVID-19 changing the way news organisations operate, the programme will help women journalists acquire new skills and build their capacity for more successful careers.
The launch in Vietnam comes following the successful launch in Myanmar earlier this year and builds on WIN’s successful Leadership Accelerator which has been offered in 13 countries across Africa and the Arab Region. This is WIN’s flagship leadership development programme funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.
More than 600 women journalists and editors have benefited from the programme since it first launched 10 years ago. Participants in the programme receive:
- Certified media management training
- Professional skills training
- Gender balance and sexual harassment training
- 1-1 coaching to create a 3-year career roadmap
- Facilitated group mentoring with peers
“Despite challenges arising from the pandemic, we are delighted that we have been able to bring the Leadership Accelerator to Southeast Asia starting with Myanmar and now in Vietnam. Newsrooms were under increased pressure before COVID-19 hit and are now needing to rethink their business and operational models. This programme will equip some of Vietnam’s leading women journalists to ensure they can be part of leading this change in their own organisations, and ultimately build a stronger and more representative business,” says Melanie Walker, Executive Director, Women in News & Media Development, WAN-IFRA.
Typically held in-person, this year’s training has moved fully online over concerns from the spread of COVID-19. Similar training will be organised in other countries in the region respectively throughout the year 2020.
“One of the major benefits of the Leadership Accelerator programme is the 1:1 coaching we offer. Our coaches provide guidance on career opportunities and decisions. But perhaps more importantly, they can also offer advice and support to participants who are struggling to find balance, especially in these chaotic times. We know that women are disproportionately disadvantaged from COVID-19 and that for many working women, the added household responsibilities have had an impact on their jobs and mental health. The programme and the relationships participants build with their coaches will hopefully offer much needed support systems,” said Jen Teo, Director, Southeast Asia, Women in News.
Journalists who are attending the training work in 9 media organisations. The training is provided by a group of local qualified trainers and who have expertise in areas including: media management, media laws, human resources, data analysis, gender balance in news content, dealing with sexual harassment in newsrooms, financial management, and management and leadership.