ANDA – Training of Trainers Program

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As part of its Advancing News Diversity in Asia (ANDA) project, the Asian American Journalists Association’s Asia Chapter (AAJA-Asia) invites journalists working in the Asia Pacific region to apply for a special Training of Trainers (ToT) program, designed by WAN-IFRA Women in News, and become Gender Balance and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trainers.

AAJA-Asia’s ANDA project, launched in 2021 with the support of the Meta Journalism Project, is committed to provide an Asian perspective to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the news media industry in order to design relevant tools and programs for advancing DEI in the region’s newsrooms and news coverage. 

The ANDA research project, published earlier this year, identified the training of journalists and newsroom executives as a key solution for improving DEI in Asia’s newsrooms. However, Diversity training resources are notably scarce in Asia’s news media industry. This scarcity of training resources is also an issue that WAN-IFRA’s Women in News (WIN) met in its endeavor to increase women’s leadership and voices in Asia news. 

To tackle this challenge, AAJA-Asia and Women in News are teaming up to give journalists working in the Asia Pacific region the opportunity to build their skills to deliver high-quality creative training for spreading the culture of gender balance and DEI in content, policies and media organizational structures.

To learn more about this opportunity or simply hear from our experts why gender balance and DEI  are critical issues for enhancing the quality of journalism and optimizing news media’s reach, join us on Thursday 3 November, at 3:00 pm HKT/SGT for a free, one-hour Ask Me Anything online session about the DEI in news and the AAJA-ASIA/WIN Training of Trainers. . 

Apply to join the Training of Trainers Program

The AAJA-ASIA / WIN Training of Trainers (ToT) program will consist of a series of six four-hours online sessions and offline assessments that will be taught by WIN experts between 18 November and 3 December 2022. Journalists who successfully apply to and attend the program will be qualified to deliver Gender Balance and DEI training for the benefit of the AAJA-Asia community and WAN-IFRA Women in News Asia partners. 

If you are a journalist, editor or active freelancer currently working in Asia, do not miss this unique opportunity to acquire new skills, diversify your income sources, expand your network and give back to the community!

Apply for the program here.


  • Day 1: Friday 18 November, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm HKT
  • Day 2: Saturday 19 November, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm HKT
  • Day 3: Friday 25 November, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm HKT
  • Day 4: Saturday 26 November, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm HKT
  • Day 5: Friday 2 December, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm HKT
  • Day 6: Saturday 3 December, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm HKT

The course will be taught in English. Check the full course program here.

Who can apply?

All journalists working in the Asia Pacific region with at least 5 years experience and a keen interest into diversity, equity and inclusion is warmly invited to apply. Fluency in English is required. Command of at least one Asian language is a plus.

Applicants to the program must commit to attend the course’s online sessions and to perform all the offline assessments. Participants who attend less than 80% of the online sessions live will not receive the course’s certificate and will not qualify as trainers.

Participants in the program must also commit to take part in at least two Gender Balance training workshops in the course of 2023: one session as co-trainer session and one session as lead trainer session.

The deadline to apply is: 7 November, 11:00 pm HKT / SGT

For any questions, please contact

Apply for the program here.

About the Asian American Journalists Association: The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational and professional organization with more than 1,500 members across the United States and Asia. Since its founding, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. For more information on the national chapter, visit  For more information on the AAJA-Asia chapter, visit

About Women in News: WAN-IFRA Women in News partners with media organizations and individuals to close the gender gap in the news media. They do so in the belief that balanced newsrooms, boardrooms and content are key to building resilient news organizations. WIN programs empower people and organizations to work together in support of a healthier, lasting and inclusive news industry. WIN is currently working with more than 80 news organizations from 17 countries, in three regions, including Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe (WIN Africa); Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine (WIN Arab Region); and Myanmar, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia (WIN Southeast Asia). For more information, visit: 

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