Lady Ann Salem joins Asian American Journalists Association Executive Leadership Program 2021

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She joined 37 journalists across US and Asia. Among them, 16 form the Asia cohort. Six were selected from the Philippines. 


IAWRT Communication Officer Lady Ann Salem from the Philippines was selected as one of the fellows for the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Executive Leaders Program (ELP) 2021.


The program is now on its 25th edition, but this will be the first time the US ans Asia cohort will be held jointly.  The program will be held virtually from May 25 to August. 


“For more than 20 years, this leadership program has fostered the next generation of journalists who can lead in uncertain times, navigate a quickly changing media landscape in this new poly-cultural and cross-cultural world, and build a sustainable future for journalism,” said AAJA of the program.


Salem’s fellowship covers full tuition fees from the Google News Initiative to participate in the program. 


Salem was arrested on December 10, 2020 on planted evidence and police trumped-up charges after Manila Today was red-tagged along with the whole Altermidya network in a December 1 Senate hearing. The charges against her were dismissed on February 5 and she was released on March 5 after almost 3 months of incarceration.


Salem has also resumed her duties as Communication Officer / Head of International Secretariat of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television. IAWRT is on its 70th year of founding this year.


Participants of the ELP will be trained on leadership, communication styles, diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace among others.


AAJA said that ELP has trained over 500 media professionals, “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.”


Participants will also meet industry leaders from US and Asia – most of them connected to AAJA or alumni of the ELP. They have so far met Barron’s SVP Mae Cheng, The New York Times VP of Philanthropy at Sharon Chan, ABC News’ Nightline anchor Juju Chang, Axios Executive Editor Sara Goo and Los Angeles Times Editorial Page Editor Sewell Chan.


Knight Foundation Journalism + Technology Innovation Director Paul Cheung and Bloomberg Global Business Senior Report K Oanh Ha facilitated the first week of the program. Both joined the ELP earlier in their career.


Participants will be trained on leadership, communication styles, diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace among others.