How It Works

The program engages and empowers young women media professionals to ascend within their careers by enhancing professional standards, building professional support networks, addressing challenges in the workplace, and developing leadership skills.

PAS and its partners provide the support needed for each participant to reach her professional and leadership goals recognizing that effective women journalists bring about a greater societal impact.  The program taps into the skills and talents already resident in each practicing woman journalist.

Drawing on the expertise and mentorship of journalism experts, the program allows participants the opportunity to master aspects of professional journalism as well as core leadership and management skills, in order to become effective journalists and newsroom managers.

This is accomplished by offering individualized, innovative programming conducted by professionals in the region and abroad, including:

Top female human rights defenders criticized the coverage of women working to promote and defend human rights and challenged media to see themselves as partners in the fight for democract and eradication of patriarchal stereotypes against women.
Top female human rights defenders criticized the coverage of women working to promote and defend human rights and challenged media to see themselves as partners in the fight for democract and eradication of patriarchal stereotypes against women.
  • Strategically pairing participants with a senior mentor;
  • Building professional relationships through influential peer-to-peer networks;
  • Engaging participants in a network of high-impact thought leaders; and
  • Cultivating the leadership management skills needed to advance in challenging but dynamic newsrooms.

Mentors are expected to:

  • Share knowledge and skills with an identified mentee, connecting them to sources and other professional institutions, and holding discussions with them about best practices and newsroom ‘dos and don’ts;’
  • Enable mentees to shadow them at interviews, events and day-to-day journalism operations; and
  • Provide periodic reports about progress to program coordinators

Participants are ultimately responsible for driving the mentorship program experience.  PAS will equip participants with what they need to build the relationships and get the most out of the year.

There will be several retreats focusing on intensive skill building with experts and thought leaders, as well as simulated events throughout the program.

Collaboration will also be through various online platforms.  PAS will provide and assist in sourcing program materials (e.g., books, articles and management tools).