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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I be a mentor? Is this resource only available to women? How can I help? Answers to these questions and more are below.

Can I sign up to be a mentor?

All of the mentors are graduates of either Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Media or ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator, two highly competitive and transformational programs designed to give women leadership skills to help them rise in their journalism careers. If you’re a woman or non-binary person working in media, you’re encouraged to apply to these programs.

All of the mentoring slots are full. What do I do?

Please check back later for available sessions. Mentoring calls are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the demand of this free service, many of the sessions are booked months in advance. Depending on the mentor's calendar, you might be able to schedule sessions up to 90 days out. Sessions open up when someone cancels, and new slots drop on the calendar over time. 

New mentors are also added to the site periodically, so keep checking! We appreciate your patience.

Can I sign up for multiple sessions with different coaches?

Technically yes, but please refrain from booking multiple mentoring sessions at once. Since many others are also trying to book one-on-one time, we want as many women as possible to benefit from this experience!
You are, however, encouraged to book calls with different mentors later on. Our mentors can offer advice on a variety of topics that will come in handy during different times and scenarios.

What if I can't make my coaching session?

If you're unable to make your coaching session, please be respectful of your mentor’s time and give her a heads up as far in advance as possible. All of the mentors are volunteers and are blocking off their valuable time for these calls. Plus, another journalist trying to schedule one-on-one time would appreciate that slot! 

If you missed a session due to unforeseen circumstances, consider sending a note to your mentor to let her know what happened. We get it. Life happens. But courtesy is important (and good for your career).

Is this only offered to women?

We use an inclusive definition of “women.” This resource is available for female-identifying journalists, including cis women, trans women, genderqueer, and non-binary people.

English is not my first language. Can I find a mentor for me?

Yes! There are several bilingual and international journalists involved in this project, a group which will continue to grow. You can search for mentors by language spoken.

How are the mentors selected?

All of the mentors are graduates of either Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Media or ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator, two highly competitive and transformational programs designed to give women leadership skills to help them rise in their journalism careers.

Who owns this site?

Digital Women Leaders was created and is managed by Katie Hawkins-Gaar. Katie is a freelance writer and journalism consultant, and works closely with Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Media.

How can I support this effort?

Thank you for asking! You can assist this project in a few different ways:

Is it cool if I create a similar mentoring project?

Please do! We’ve put together some step-by-step instructions and tips to assist you. 

What if I have other questions or ideas?

We’re listening! Please submit your questions, feedback, or other brilliant ideas