Journalism Innovation & Leadership Programme

Journalism Innovation & Leadership

Post-Graduate Certificate/MA

Partners: Google News Initiative; FT Strategies; International Media Support; The Media Lab, Jordan; Chrysalis Transformations

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Meet this year’s participants

Our programme helps talented individuals develop the advanced knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive as the next generation of news media innovators and leaders of a rapidly changing industry.

They become part of the diverse JILeaders community – a wide network of experts, graduates and participants from across the global media industry.

A multidisciplinary team of pragmatic academics and thoughtful industry executives will share critical innovation and leadership insights along with the practical tools you need to propel your organisation forward, and accelerate your career.

This part-time course blends interactive online sessions and intensive learning blocks (online and on campus) with Applied Learning Projects, and leads to a recognised Postgraduate Certificate (one year) and Master of Arts degrees (two years) from the top-rated journalism programme at the University of Central Lancashire.

Our community

Participants in the programme also become part of our established network of media professionals, made up of the JILeaders board, visiting faculty and graduates. Learn more

Course content includes:

• Systems analysis to evaluate current issues and pinpoint future opportunities

• Organisational diagnostics to develop practical strategies to drive performance

• Data-informed user-centred innovation approaches to creative value for customers, organisations and communities

• Design sprints to help you and your team clearly define goals, validate assumptions before starting product development

• Agile management techniques to deliver complex projects

• Approaches to leadership that foster performance

• Mentoring to help you map your own professional development pathway


Participants will be supported by dedicated and forward-thinking mentors drawn from our alumni and industry advisory board, which features organisations such as the Associate Newspapers of Zimbabwe the Google News Initiative, Reach PLC, the UK Society of Editors, S&P Global Market Intelligence, the Telegraph Media Group, Twitter, the World Association of News Publishers and the World Editors Forum.