In Summary
  • The coaching and mentoring programme is an initiative by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
  • Jane Godia, East and Central Africa Programme Manager for WIN, says that the nine-month programme is life-changing
  • The application deadline is on the 15th of December 2019

Applications for the 2020 Women in News, WIN, Programme have officially kicked off, inviting journalists from Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to apply for the 2020 programme.

The coaching and mentoring programme is an initiative by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, WAN-IFRA, to develop and promote women leadership in the media. Since its inception in 2015, 30 Kenyan women have gone through .

It was crafted as a leadership accelerator programme for high potential media women, to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them excel in their careers.

LIFE-CHANGING

Jane Godia, East and Central Africa Programme Manager for WIN, says that the nine-month programme is life-changing, in that shortlisted applicants should expect tectonic movement in their career and personal lives.

“The programme is delivered through a minimum of five face-to-face sessions with the coaches. These also include emails and phone calls. There is also skills building, which happens three times through the National Gathering.”

She added, “We also conduct online media management training, and sometimes class trainings at WITS universities.”

The inspiration behind it? Studies have shown that just as in many other fields of endeavour, there is poor representation of women in the media, especially at management levels. This has a bearing on the content that the media produces and how women and children issues are treated in the media.

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