Apply for the ELP 2019 Asia Seminar now!

Need a career boost or help mapping out your next move? AAJA’s signature Executive Leadership Program is coming to Asia for the first time! Join us in Hong Kong Nov. 25-28 for this transformative experience that will empower you with leadership skills and put your career in focus. Spots are limited.

Apply by Oct. 14 here.


AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is dedicated to developing the next generation of journalists who can lead in uncertain times and build a sustainable future for journalism.

In today’s changing media landscape, it is vital that leaders are equipped for addressing the responsibilities and challenges of serving our increasingly diverse and cross-cultural world.

The program has an impressive 20+ year track record, committed to journalistic excellence and leadership training. ELP provides targeted professional development to diverse, high-potential, ambitious, and community-minded professionals. The program delivers more strategic, agile, confident and diversity conscious leaders.

ELP has trained more than 500 media professionals to date, successfully fostering a pipeline of savvy industry leaders — many at major media companies — and providing graduates with access to a robust, life-long, and supportive alumni network.

Additionally, ELP offers continuing learning opportunities year-round (online and in-person), including: alumni programming, mentorship, workshops, and networking events.

For questions, email K. Oanh Ha at


ELP Asia consists of 10 key components:

Diversity & CultureDeveloping a Negotiation Style
Communication StylesSMART Goals
Power & InfluenceCase Studies
Introspective Leadership Candid Conversations
Work-Life BalanceMentorship Lunch


The ELP 2019 Seminar is designed to deliver high impact in four intensive days, in a small group setting. Professional career coaches and industry executives facilitate the program’s robust curriculum. Key program benefits include:

  • Four days of intensive training
  • Connecting with industry peers and leaders
  • Career coaching and mentorship: small group pairing with a senior news leader at a major media company.

The trainings are highly interactive and have participants engaged in timely discussions, such as:

  • How do leadership styles across various cultures affect our work?
  • Deconstructing corporate culture to inform paths to success and overcoming barriers. In what ways does my background and passion impact my work?
  • How does digital media impact the industry and what is my role in it?
  • How can I meaningfully contribute to the industry and my community?
  • What lessons can be learned from established and emerging media markets?

Specifically, participants explore perspectives and gain concrete approaches on:

  • Diversity and culture in the workplace
  • Leadership skills, styles, and opportunities
  • Power, politics, and influence
  • Professional and career goal setting
  • Personal branding and confidence
  • Negotiation tactics and applications


Individuals with at least four to seven years of experience are encouraged to apply. Space is limited and applications are reviewed on a rotating basis until filled.


The 2019 ELP Session is scheduled to be held at the Bloomberg offices in Hong Kong from Nov. 25-28, 2019. AAJA-Asia is monitoring the protest situation in Hong Kong and will notify participants if the situation escalates, requiring a change in location. At the moment, weekday activities, including airport access, are not affected by the protests. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Hong Kong, as well as their hotel accommodations. We can offer hotel suggestions. 


Tuition for ELP is $450 USD for AAJA members and $600 USD for non-members.

It includes the costs of instructional materials, breakfast, lunch, and some evening group dinners.

Applicants accepted to ELP must provide a $100 deposit by Nov. 1, 2019, and full payment must be received by Nov. 8, 2019. Applicants who cancel their registration after Nov. 2  will not receive a refund.


To submit your application, click here.

You must be a professional journalist to apply for the program.

Applications are due by October 14, 2019. Please note that space is very limited.

You will need to attach the following documents to the form:

  • A résumé or link to your LinkedIn profile
  • A professional, color, high-resolution photo
  • A letter of recommendation from a supervisor (OPTIONAL)
  • A short 40-word biography
  • A 250-word statement explaining what you hope to learn from this program and how it will help your career