Win 2021 Graduates Ready To Lead Amid Covid-19
An international media organization Women In News - World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers-WAN-IFRA, has described the year 2021 as the worst for the media industry due to COVID-19 pandemic.
WIN Executive Director Melanie Walker said, “the pandemic has exacerbated a parallel crisis of public distrust in the media-driven by widespread disinformation campaigns and the proliferation of fake news.”
The remarks were made on Friday evening, during the virtual graduation of 91 female journalists’ of the 2021 cohort of WIN Leadership Accelerator programme in Africa.
Following the development, Walker has advised the graduates to bring change to the industry.
“We hope you will use the skills, strategies and support networks that WIN has equipped you to contribute to and help to lead a healthy, inclusive and resilient news media industry,” Walker said.
One of the graduates, Fanny Kondowe from Radio ABC said the programme has helped her to know her value and identity.
Kondowe said, “before WIN I was living my life without a goal, now that I have gone through the programme, I have been equipped for greater things.”
This year WIN programme received 500 applications from female journalists from 8 African countries. However, 92 were selected to pursue the nine-month intensive training on Leadership Development and Media Management, Coaching, Mentorship and Networking.
One of the women dropped out on health grounds.
This year’s WIN Leadership Accelerator programme graduates are from Malawi, Botswana, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.