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The 2016 ELP session will take place from March 30 – April 3, 2016 at the City University of New York (CUNY) in New York City.

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The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is for any professional journalist who is interested in moving ahead in the workplace and developing the necessary skills to achieve goals small and large.

ELP has designed a program that is challenging, practical and life changing and is recommended for anyone with four or more years of experience in a media organization. The program explores the responsibilities and challenges of the media workplace and examines how cultural values come into play in newsroom dynamics.

Led by professional career coaches and executives, participants will explore a variety of topics in a small, nurturing environment, including:

  • Defining success
  • Solving unstructured problems
  • Leading across cultures
  • Understanding your biases in decision-making
  • Executive speaking
  • Dealing with pressure and politics
  • Work-Life balance
  • Negotiating promotions and raises
  • Managing or Communicating with your boss, your direct reports and your peers
  • Human Centered Design and product development process


Applicants must have a minimum of four years of professional journalism experience. Participants must also establish that they have the potential to further their leadership abilities. The program is open to all qualifying journalists.


The 2016 ELP Session will be held at the City University of New York (CUNY) in New York City from March 30 – April 3, 2016. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from CUNY, as well as for their hotel accommodations.


Tuition for ELP is $1,500 and includes the costs of instructional materials, breakfast, lunch, and some evening group dinners. Applicants accepted to ELP must provide a $300 deposit by March 4, 2016, and full payment must be received by March 18, 2016. Accepted applicants who cancel their registration after the March 4 deadline will forfeit their deposit.


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

Click here for the application and fill it out completely.

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



Paul Cheung is AP’s Director of Interactives and Digital News Production. The director manages a global team of visual journalists, data journalists and researchers who produce multimedia stories and information graphics for all formats, including print, online, mobile and VR.

Cheung is Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)’s national president since 2013 and also a 2016 Punch Sulzberger Fellow. Cheung, a 2007 Newspaper Association of America Breakthrough fellow, graduated from New York University where he studied journalism, sociology, science and photography.



Caroline Ceniza-Levine is a career and business expert, writer, speaker and co-founder of SixFigureStart®. Prior to launching SixFigureStart® in 2008, Caroline spent 15 years in strategy consulting, executive search and HR. Caroline has been a repeat guest on CBS, CNN, CNBC and Fox Business and has been quoted in BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Fortune, Inc, MORE, Newsweek, NPR, Real Simple, and Success Magazine.

Caroline is a career columnist for and and formerly wrote for CNBC, and Portfolio. She is the author of 3 books: “Jump Ship: 10 Steps To Starting A New Career” (2015, Forbes); “Six Steps To Job Search Success” (2011, Flat World Knowledge); and “How the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times” (2010, Two Harbors Press).
Caroline teaches Professional Development and Negotiation courses at Columbia University and received a grant from the Jones New York Empowerment Fund for her work with the mid-career professional. A classically trained pianist at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music, Caroline stays active in the arts, performing stand-up comedy.


Virgil Smith earned his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco and has a long career as a media executive. Having spent 20 years with McClatchy Newspapers and the last 24 years with Gannett, where he served numerous roles, including president and publisher and corporate HR executive.

He has recruited, mentored and coached hundreds of professionals from entry-level to senior executive roles in broadcast, publishing and other professions. He can be reached at; the firm’s website is



Dickson Louie is currently principal of Louie & Associates, a boutique San Francisco Bay Area-consultancy that provides strategic planning, competitive analysis, and executive development services to start-ups, non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies.

Louie has over 25 years of professional management experience within the news media industry, having worked as a planning and business development executive at the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News, and the San Francisco Chronicle. As a research associate at the Harvard Business School, he wrote 20 case studies, including those on,, The New York Times on the Web, and CBS Marketwatch.

Louie, a certified public accountant, is a graduate of California State University, East Bay, where he received his BS degree, magna cum laude, in business administration, with a minor in journalism, and of the University of Chicago, where he received his MBA degree, with concentrations in finance, marketing, and statistics.  He also completed the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Media Management Center.

He is also on the faculty of the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches the popular MBA elective course on “The Business of the Media.”


Ashwin Singhania is a Senior Product Manager at Graphiq, a data aggregation and visualization company based in Santa Barbara, CA. At Graphiq, he’s held a variety of roles around the development of technology products for both consumers and journalists. Graphiq’s visualizations help contextualize the world’s most complex news stories, and are actively used in major newsrooms across the country. As part of this effort, Ashwin leads a team of product managers who are responsible for data collection, analysis, and creation of interactive data visualizations.




Caridad Hernandez-Wood is the Executive Producer of Investigations and Special Projects for CBS4Miami. She is responsible for the production of stories generated by the team of investigators and reporters dedicated to bringing awareness to important issues in the South Florida community. Prior to joining CBS4, Caridad was an Executive Producer for CNN Newsroom in Atlanta. Caridad gained her experience as a producer by working at various television stations in both Miami and Philadelphia.




Contact Daniel Garcia at the national office with any questions.

Learn more about last year’s program and read what the participants had to say here!