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March 16, 2009
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IWMF Calls for Applications for Sixth Annual U.S. Leadership Institute for Women Journalists
Washington, D.C. – The International Women’s Media Foundation is now seeking applications for its sixth annual U.S. Leadership Institute for Women Journalists. The on-site component of this innovative program, which trains women to maintain successful careers in today’s tough economy while positioning themselves to be leaders in the newsrooms of tomorrow, will be held July 20-22 in Chicago.
The deadline for applications is May 1, 2009.
This year’s institute will convene 20 mid-to-upper level women journalists for on-the-ground leadership training that will allow participants to:
- Take part in highly interactive skills-building sessions on issues crucial to effective leadership, including What Is Leadership, Who Am I As A Leader, Leading Change, Leading in the Newsroom, and Critical Conversation: Advocacy/Managing Up;
- Participate in small “mastermind groups” on topics participants have expressed an interest in within written questionnaires and essays submitted prior to the on-site;
- Develop a personalized action plan for future career goals; and
- Network with colleagues from across the country.
The on-site sessions will be facilitated by industry leaders such as Marci Burdick, senior vice president of broadcasting for Schurz Communications; Liza Gross, former managing editor/presentations and operations for The Miami Herald; and Marcy McGinnis, former senior vice president for news coverage at CBS News and current associate dean of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism.
Institute participants will receive one-on-one (telephone and online) coaching on implementing their personalized action plans for the three months following the Institute. This coaching will be conducted by veteran journalists and professional coaches.
Additionally, participants will be become members of the IWMF network free of charge for one year.
Thanks to support from the Tribune Foundation, the IWMF is offering this program at no cost. Additionally, $500 travel stipends are available for 10 minority participants.
For more information or to apply for the Leadership Institute, visit www.iwmf.org/programs/leadership or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1990, the International Women’s Media Foundation is a vibrant global network dedicated to strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide as a means to further freedom of the press. The IWMF network includes women and men in the media in more than 130 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.iwmf.org.