MTN Uganda supports efforts to recognize and reward exceptional journalistic work

MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Somdev Sen (L) awards prizes to The Independent Magazine’s Ronald Musoke for emerging a winner in the Environmental Reporting category during the Uganda National Journalism Awards gala held at Mestil Hotel in Kampala on 14 December 2022.

MTN Uganda supports efforts to recognize and reward exceptional journalistic work
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MTN Uganda supported the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) to recognize and reward excellent journalistic work as part of its efforts to promote good journalism.

ACME, a Kampala-based media development organisation that supports African journalists to achieve professional excellence, held the 7th edition of the Uganda National Journalism Awards at the Mestil Hotel in Kampala on 14 December 2022 with MTN Uganda as a Gold sponsor.

The telecom company provided Shs20million towards logistical support and an additional Shs16million towards prizes to the winners, 1st and 2nd Runners-up in four out of 20 categories – Business, Economy and Financial Reporting, Environmental Reporting, Sports Reporting and Features Reporting.

MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Somdev Sen, said they are extremely excited to be part of this year’s Uganda National Journalism Awards 2022.

“We strongly believe that recognizing and celebrating excellence and professionalism in the media will inspire journalists to work harder and boost the country’s journalistic standards and value to the nation,” said.

“Our expectation as a business is a vibrant media that can tell our Ugandan stories with accuracy, balance, objectivity, concise, current and with a high level of professionalism to ensure that the public makes informed decisions including products and services such as the ones we offer.”

The awards, launched in 2014, celebrate and promote exceptional, in-depth and enterprising journalism that informs public debate and holds power to account.

The awards are open to all journalists working for media outlets in Uganda or regional media houses with wide circulation and significant audience reach in the country.

“Recognition and reward are proven ways of motivating professionals to maintain good standards and to raise their performance,” says George Lugalambi, ACME executive director. “These awards, therefore, showcase the best of Ugandan journalism and inspire media platforms to continue striving to excel.”

Across the media industry, 196 journalists participated in the awards, submitting 283 entries for the competition. About 30 per cent of participating journalists were women and 40 per cent of entries were from journalists based outside Kampala.

A panel of 8 judges drawn from the media, academia and public communications adjudicated the entries, with Dr. Charlotte Kawesa Ntulume of the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University as the chair.

Speaking during the ceremony, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa urged journalists to practice responsible journalism, especially in his era of social media.

“Let us all do responsible journalism. We have all been tortured by social media and I believe we all need to be responsible going forward,” he said, adding that the media too need to hold every one accountable for their actions.

Delivering a keynote address, Rachael Akidi Okwir, the BBC World Service head of East Africa, said it is a trying moment for journalists and journalism in general.

She said social media and other digital platforms have overtaken and infiltrated journalism with disinformation and misinformation being key threats to the industry.

“The future and existence of journalism will now depend on how the media practitioners capture the audience as and when information flows. As journalists, we must play the role of fact-checking so that in the future our audiences may be willing to pay for premium content,” she said.

She said the majority of the audiences are young people meaning that the media content needs to be worth their time, data and money.

The Uganda National Journalism Awards had 20 categories touching various sectors and themes including Business, Economy and Financial Reporting, Agriculture Reporting, Sports Reporting, Political Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Extractive Reporting, and Health Reporting among others.

The awards were open to all journalists, freelance or full-time and independent content creators who submitted their work – print, online and broadcast – to ACME for onward transmission to judges who comprised active or former journalists and journalism educators with several decades of experience.

Entries were judged based on the accuracy of the information, initiative and originality, clarity of interpretation, storytelling ability, public benefit or impact on society, audience engagement, innovation, and the journalist’s creative flair in a given format.

Each entry was read, watched or listened to carefully and thoroughly, and assessed with the scrutiny and rigour that are expected of the most anticipated journalism awards in the country.

The following is a full list of winners of the Uganda National Journalism Awards 2022.

CATEGORY POSITION JOURNALIST ENTRY MEDIA HOUSE MEDIA TYPE
Agriculture Winner Kato, Joshua Why Ugandans are hungry – 2-part series New Vision Newspaper/magazine
First runner-up Amamukirori, Betty Climate change: Food shortage hits Teso region New Vision Newspaper/magazine
Second runner-up Khisa, Isaac GMO research: Lack of law complicates it The Independent Online
 
Arts Winner Ayugi, Caroline Outlawed animal parts spell death for Bwola dance Daily Monitor Newspaper/magazine
First runner-up Maina, Anthony Gwaro; Sekitoleko Alex; Moses Serugo Weaving a new twist Framez & Waves Online
Second runner-up Kaggwa, Andrew Drum makers decry competition Daily Monitor Newspaper/magazine
Second runner-up Lutaaya, Daniel Mama Awards, music and money NBS Television Television
 
 
Business, finance and economy Winner Dramadri, Federick Illegal entry points fuel silent gold trade along Uganda-DRC border in West Nile Radio Pacis Radio
First runner-up Ladu, Ismail Musa Multinational companies dodging taxes – 2 part series Daily Monitor Newspaper/magazine
Second runner-up Muhoozi, Nelson Mandela Timber exports: Standards, splitting remain leading complaints New Vision Newspaper/magazine
 
Education Winner Kitimbo, Thomas and Lutaaya, Daniel Busoga University operating underground, students in distress NBS Television Television
First runner-up Abalo, Irene and Mujjawa, Susan My silent world NMG Uganda Television, newspaper
Second runner-up Masaba, John Payroll fraud: How teachers get cheated New Vision Newspaper/magazine
 
Energy and extractive industries Winner Abenaitwe, Cliff and Lee, Megan Uganda’s first oil: What is at stake InfoNile Online
First runner-up Mugume, Canary; Mulindwa, Jamila; Badebye, Godfrey The sinking environment NBS Television Television
Second runner-up Bita, George Mercury smuggling in Namayingo gold mines – 2 part series New Vision Newspaper/magazine
 
Environment Winner Musoke, Ronald Deforestation in Uganda – 4-part series The Independent Online
First runner-up Tenywa, Gerald Saving Uganda’s water thirsty cities New Vision Newspaper/magazine
Second runner-up Saad, Shamim Rwenzori trans-border communities commercialising conservation New Vision Newspaper/magazine
Second runner-up Tumuhimbise, Alex Illegal sand mining leaves human, aquatic life at risk Daily Monitor Newspaper/magazine
 
Features Winner Nakabugo, Zurah Road crashes kill more than Covid-19 The Observer Newspaper/magazine
First runner-up Olwenyi, Richard and Mujunga, Joshua Nakivubo Channel: Where the good and bad meet NBS Television Television
Second runner-up Maina, Anthony Gwaro; Sekitoleko Alex; Moses Serugo Embracing the patches Framez & Waves Online
Second runner-up Musinguzi, Bamuturaki Martin Senkubuge finding the colourful side of vitiligo Daily Monitor Television
 

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Health Winner Lutaaya, Daniel I can’t breathe NBS Television Television
First runner-up Amamukirori, Betty 14,000 Ugandans miss medical care when one medical doctor dies New Vision Newspaper/magazine
Second runner-up Kyotalengerire, Agnes Unsafe abortions robbing girls of motherhood New Vision Newspaper/magazine
 
Investigative reporting Winner Serwanjja, Solomon and Nwali, Rahim Defiled by my father: A quest for justice African Institute for Investigative Journalism Online
Winner Ongom, Benson Lives in the hands of quacks NBS Television Television
First runner-up Kayiira, Richard Corruption in Administrator General’s Offie exposed Bukedde TV Television
Second runner-up Kemigisa, Ritah How church conned several firms of Shs17 billion NTV Uganda Television
 
Justice, law and order Winner Mugume, Canary; Badebye, Godfrey; Swalik, Swaleh The mess at LDC NBS Television Television
First runner-up Byaruhanga, Sudhir Living with a bullet NTV Uganda Television
Second runner-up Nakamya, Culton Scovia Obwegugungo bwa November 2020 BBS Terefayina Television
 
Land and property Winner Muhumuza, Edward Land is the answer – 3-part series NTV Uganda Television
First runner-up Bagaaya, Victoria and Kayonga, Paul Ghost landlords NBS Television Television
Second runner-up Oluka, Esther Uganda land mess – 3-part series Daily Monitor Newspaper/magazine
 
Local reporting Winner Tumwesige, Arnest From captives to fighters for survival New Vision Newspaper/magazine
First runner-up Unzima, John Quarrels over rock delayed road project New Vision Newspaper/magazine
Second runner-up Dibaba, John Dangerous profits: Why illegal ivory trade persists along DRC-Uganda border Radio Pacis Radio
 
National news – Broadcast Winner Nakamya, Culton Scovia Double jeopardy: The resilience of women in cross-border trade BBS Terefayina Television
First runner-up Wamala, Cliff Children selling masks NTV Uganda Television
Second runner-up Kaweesa, Solomon
ews – Print Winner Nantume, Gillian November riots – The lives we lost Daily Monitor Print
First runner-up Khisa, Isaac Kasaija’s tax burden The Independent Online
Second runner-up Tenywa, Gerald Uganda’s charcoal crisis – 4-part series New Vision Print
           
Photo and video journalism Winner Watsemba, Miriam Sinking land: Man and water collide as floods overtake landing site in Uganda InfoNile Online
           
Political reporting Winner Kashaka, Umaru What it means to have youngest cabinet New Vision Newspaper/magazine
First runner-up Ssemugabi, Abdul-Nasser How boxers have been sucked into the “dirty game” Daily Monitor Newspaper/magazine
Second runner-up Ainebyoona, Jill Olutalo lwa LCIII lutuse mu kooti Bukedde Newspaper/magazine
 
Public accountability Winner Serwanjja, Solomon and Nawali, Rahim Covid-19 money trail – 3-part series NBS Television Television
First runner-up Kemigisa, Ritah Govt proritises VIP cars ahead of citizens’ health NTV Uganda Television
Second runner-up Okoth, Cecilia Bribery hits Covid-19 vaccination New Vision Newspaper/magazine
 
Public works and infrastructure Winner Kayonga, Paul Works budget NBS Television Television
First runner-up Jjingo, Ernest Will KCCA’s new infrastructure campaign solve mess in the city? The Observer Print
 
Sports Winner Sabir, Musa Lack of support – West Nile female footballers’ talent fading away Radio Pacis Radio
First runner-up Nakate, Olivia Athletics rebranding Sebei region Urban TV Television
Second runner-up Ssemugabi, Abdul-Nasser The dilemma of a classless para-athlete Daily Monitor Newspaper/magazine
Second runner-up Mpoza, Samuel

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