ASNE brings Emerging Leaders Institute to 2016 NABJ/NAHJ Convention

Apply now for the ASNE Emerging Leaders Institute Aug. 2-3 at the 2016 NABJ/NAHJ Joint Convention and Career Fair in the District of Columbia. The goal of this institute is to train up-and-coming minority news leaders and help them succeed in their leadership roles.

This is the second institute of the three that ASNE is hosting in 2016 to help train the next generation of news leaders. The first institute trained 24 participants two weeks ago at Loyola University Chicago. ASNE will host one more institute on Sept. 10-11 at the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference in Philadelphia. More information will be available soon.
"Now more than ever, the news media need innovative and transformational leadership that represents all segments of society," said ASNE Secretary Alfredo Carbajal, vice chair of the ASNE Leadership Committee. "The Emerging Leaders Institute is ASNE's effort to contribute to developing news leaders."

"I'm ecstatic that ASNE's Emerging Leaders Institute is returning to NABJ's annual gathering as part of the joint #NABJNAHJ16 Convention this year," said NABJ President Sarah Glover, social media editor for NBC Owned Television Stations, based in New York. "This vital training program identifies and provides emerging newsroom leaders of color with skills-based managerial training. As a former participant of the institute, I know it's a prime opportunity for journalists to expand one's network and receive newsroom strategies that can be put into direct practice."

"The key to accurate, fair and diverse coverage in American newsrooms starts with leadership, and the ASNE Emerging Leaders Institute sets the stage for today's and tomorrow's leaders," said NAHJ President Mekahlo Medina. "I'm happy the institute will be part of #NABJNAHJ16 in Washington, D.C., this August. The program, now more than ever, is needed to prepare journalists of color to lead American newsrooms and work toward covering the new American mainstream, a majority of American homes with people of color."

For two days, the institute will provide leadership and management training for new and mid-level news leaders from organizations across all platforms around the country. It is tailored to address the most pressing issues for leaders and the basic skills needed to lead and drive change. Some of the topics on the program include coaching and feedback, leadership style, driving diversity in news platforms, goal-setting and strategy, financial leadership, and technology and innovation.

"There is nothing so rewarding as helping a diverse class of up-and-coming managers chart a course to becoming top leaders," said ASNE member Jill Geisler, the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago, who co-leads the institute with Carbajal. "We provide skills they can put to work immediately."

The institute will take place Tuesday, Aug. 2, and Wednesday, Aug. 3, prior to the NABJ/NAHJ Convention at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, at 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20008.
Interested candidates need to apply by filling out an online form by July 5. The form includes a resume, a brief statement on goals for the institute and a nomination letter from a supervisor. Candidates will be notified of their application decision via email, and those accepted will be required to fill out a skills survey by July 20. The institute, free to all participants, is limited to 30 people.
Accepted candidates will need to seek out hotel options near the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, where the institute will take place, and make their own reservations. One option is the Omni Shoreham Hotel, at 2500 Calvert St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, across the street from the Marriott.
Travel reimbursements of up to $600 per participant are available after the institute. Please submit a receipt to ASNE at with the subject line "Emerging Leaders Institute-NABJ/NAHJ reimbursement." Travel may include airfare, baggage, hotel and/or mileage.
The Emerging Leaders Institute, previously known as the Minority Leadership Institute, is a program ASNE started in 2012 with the goal of training minority journalists to become leaders in their organizations and in the industry. ASNE has trained more than 150 news leaders since its inception.

The institute is underwritten by generous contributions from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Loyola University Chicago School of Communication, the American Press Institute and the Scripps Howard Foundation.