Women in News builds the capacity of women media professionals in sub-Saharan Africa and MENA through a nine-month comprehensive capacity building programme focusing on leadership and career management skills combined with mentoring, coaching and networking opportunities. This is called the ‘WIN Leadership Accelerator’ programme. This forms a major component of the overall Women in News initiative and can be seen as the foundation year. Women media professionals who progress through the WIN Leadership Accelerator remain connected into the WIN initiative, joining in national gatherings and other trainings, as well as serving as mentors in the programme.
Every year, a total of 100-120 mid-senior level editors and journalists from 12 countries take part in the programme between October and June. On average, 75% of all graduates remain connected in some way to the WIN programme after completing their formal capacity building year. Women media professionals from the following countries are eligible to apply to join the WIN Leadership Accelerator Programme: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe (WIN Africa), Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palesitne (WIN MENA).
WIN applies 4 primary approaches to build capacity amongst its participant cohort:
Training, Networking, Coaching and Mentoring. These methods are employed in both group and individual settings: sometimes during National Gatherings, regional Summits, or Media Exchanges and Off-site training courses.