Apply now for ACME’s new course on reporting public policy

(Applications for this course are now closed. ACME Management)

Theme: Reporting Public Policy
Dates: 16 – 19 December 2014
Available Slots: 12
Deadline for Application: 10 December 2014

 

The African Centre for Media Excellence is pleased to invite applications from Ugandan journalists for a training workshop on Reporting Public Policy. The four-day workshop will start on Tuesday 16 and end on Friday 19 December 2014.

 

Workshop Background

Very few areas of reporting on government or politics are as important as reporting public policy. Yet, analysis of media coverage of public affairs in Uganda suggests journalists pay inadequate attention to the dynamics and intricacies of public policy making. Few journalists show a meaningful understanding of the problems public policy is meant to solve and they rarely interrogate the different policy options that decision-makers could consider.

The media are supposed to play a critical role in the policy process. Journalists can flag problems that require attention, weigh the policy options that could be considered, broaden decision-making to include a diversity of voices from citizens and interest groups, inform the public about what is at stake, as well as evaluate the implementation of policy.

Without knowledge of the policy process and an understanding of the context within which it is formulated and implemented, reporting on public policy easily gets superficial.

A Case for Training

It is with this in mind that African Centre for Media Excellence has introduced a new course on Reporting Public Policy. The course is part of our Knowledge-Based Journalism Programme, which is supported by the Ford Foundation. The goal of the project is to enhance media oversight of public affairs through supporting journalists to report from a point of knowledge in order to inform and engage the public and ultimately promote transparency and accountability.

The workshop on Reporting Public Policy will introduce journalists to the public policy process, the political economy of policy-making in Uganda, public policy analysis, and the media’s role in public policy. Participants will also learn the techniques of public policy journalism.

Facilitators will include journalism trainers and public policy experts, who will use a combination of lectures, discussions, and case studies.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Write about public policy from a point of knowledge;
  • Write about public policy in an interesting and accessible style;
  • Generate compelling story ideas on public policy in Uganda;
  • Apply for reporting grants to cover selected areas of public policy.

To apply

  1. Go to acme-ug.org
  2. Fill in and submit the application form online; or
  3. Download, complete and send the application form to info@acme-ug.org with a copy to rmugarura@acme-ug.org
  4. Alternatively you may complete, print and bring the application form to our offices in Bunga
  5. Ask your editor to write a letter supporting your application and send it to info@acme-ug.org with a copy to rmugarura@acme-ug.org

 

Key things to note

  • The workshop targets journalists with a minimum of three years reporting.
  • The deadline for submitting applications is 10 December 2014.
  • A support letter from your editor/supervisor is a MUST
  • The application form must be completely filled out.
  • Female journalists are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • ACME will pay the hotel costs of successful upcountry applicants.

About Rachel Mugarura-Mutana

Rachel Mugarura-Mutana is a programme manager at the African Centre for Media Excellence.

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11 Comments on “Apply now for ACME’s new course on reporting public policy”

  1. “A support letter from your editor/supervisor is a”… must, I guess.

    Anyway, what about freelance journalists or those on a sabbatical who don’t have editors to write ‘support’ letters for them?

  2. its a very good deal that gives hope to every journalists……….but what about freelance journalists who are so much interested in the offer but lacks supportive letters from their editors.

    1. Good morning,

      Freelance journalists are invited to apply for the workshop, but they should provide a support letter from an editor at the publication or station that their work is regularly published or broadcast.

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