Apply for the 2017 Women’s Leadership Accelerator

Applications for the 2017 Women’s Leadership Accelerator are due Nov. 15, 2016, by 11:59 pm ET. Please review the program overview and FAQ before applying.

The application has five parts. Applications and all submitted materials must be in English. Any links you provide as part of the application must be public, with no password required.

Section 1: Your bio

Provide name, bio, relevant online presences, photo, job title and relevant professional experience. These questions help us to learn more about who you are and, if you are selected, will be posted publicly as part of your bio when the 2017 cohort is announced.

Section 2: Your personal details

Provide details about where you live, how you identify yourself, your phone and email. The answers to these questions are confidential and help ONA staff and the selection committee better understand who applies to our programs, ensure a diverse cohort and that, if selected, you have a comfortable stay with us.

Section 3: Your challenge

The Women’s Leadership Accelerator is aimed at leaders who are pushing innovation in digital media. In addition to learning leadership skills and tools for navigating change, you will get practical feedback on a challenge specific to your career -- a realistic obstacle you’d like to overcome, or an aspirational goal you'd like to achieve, either within your organization or as an independent project. In the application, we ask four questions about your challenge:

  • Describe the problem or challenge you are facing. (500 words or fewer)
  • Why is it important to solve this challenge? (250 words or fewer)
  • What is the change or outcome you would like to see? (250 words or fewer)
  • What do you hope to personally gain from participating in the Women's Leadership Accelerator? (250 words or fewer)

Section 4: A digital project

The selection committee is looking for practitioners working in digital media, including freelancers, entrepreneurs and independent journalists. This means we’re looking for women who not only have an understanding of the digital journalism landscape but who are helping to advance it. Sharing a digital project you have worked on gives ONA staff and the review committee a unique window into how you think. Please provide a link to a project you’re proud of and a brief description of how you were involved. (This project does not need to be directly connected to the challenge you’ve outlined above.)

Length: 250 words or fewer.

Section 5: Testimonial / Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation from employer, professional colleague or business partner outlining your demonstrated leadership ability.

Length: One typed page.

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