ASNE commits to train, develop emerging news leaders

The American Society of News Editors is accepting applications for the 2017 Emerging Leaders Institute June 9-10 at Loyola University Chicago. The institute, previously known as the Minority Leadership Institute, trains up-and-coming news leaders with diverse backgrounds and helps them develop core leadership and strategic skills. It will be co-led once again by Jill Geisler, Loyola's Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity, and ASNE Vice President Alfredo Carbajal of Al Dia at The Dallas Morning News, along with ASNE Leadership Committee Co-Chairs Peter Bhatia of The Cincinnati Enquirer and Ron Smith of the USA TODAY.

This is the sixth consecutive year ASNE has committed to help train the next generation of news leaders. ASNE will host three additional institutes later in the summer and fall.

The institute is free, and travel reimbursements (airfare, baggage, hotel and/or mileage) of up to $550 per participant are available after the institute.
For two days, the institute will provide leadership and management training for new and mid-level leaders from organizations across all news platforms in the United States. It is tailored to address the most pressing issues for newsroom leaders and the basic skills needed to lead and drive change. Some of the topics on the program include coaching and feedback, leadership style, news values in digital platforms and social media environments, goal-setting and strategy, financial leadership, and technology and innovation.
If you aspire to leadership roles, this program will give you valuable tools, resources and experiences that will help you prepare to be an effective leader. Consider applying if any of the following questions applies to you:
  • Are you currently managing people in your newsroom role?
  • If you are not currently a manager, then have you been in discussions with your leaders about future moves into management?
  • Are you working on a team that requires you to help others do their best work and hold them accountable for quality, deadlines, innovation and collaboration even though you don't have the title of manager?
  • Do your managers think you'd be a great candidate for this program?

Interested candidates need to apply by Friday, May 19. The application includes a resume, a brief statement on goals for participating in 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 May 26. The institute is limited to 18 people.
The institute will take place at Loyola University Chicago's Water Tower Campus, at 820 N. Michigan Ave. Accepted candidates will need to make their own hotel reservations. Click here for a list of hotels near the campus.
ASNE will host three additional institutes this year:
  • Aug. 8-9 at the National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans
  • Sept. 6-7 at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim, California, in cooperation with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists  
  • Oct. 7-8 at the ASNE-APME conference in Washington, D.C.  

The Emerging Leaders 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 220 news leaders since its inception.

All four institutes are underwritten by generous contributions from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Loyola University Chicago School of Communication and the American Press Institute.
ASNE Emerging Leaders Institute June 10-11, 2016, at Loyola University Chicago | photo by Ralph Braseth