The African Centre for Media Excellence has been recognised for shaping the landscape of journalism in Africa.
The Media Excellence Award, was presented to ACME on Sunday, 7 November at the Media Challenge Award ceremony held at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
The award is an initiative of the Media Challenge Initiative (MCI) that also runs the Media Academy, a Kampala-based training institute that offers hands-on media training to university students.
The organisers lauded ACME for its “excellent role in shaping the landscape of journalism in Africa”. ACME’s programmes such as trainings for mid-career journalists, mentorship, reporting grants and fellowships, have long been applauded by journalists and other media practitioners.
While accepting the award, the ACME Programme Manager Online & Training, Ms. Rachel Mugarura-Mutana, expressed gratitude for the recognition and said she was enthused by the potential the students demonstrated, adding that this presents an opportunity for MCI-ACME collaboration.
Since 2012, the Media Academy has trained and awarded journalism students and media personalities for progressive work done in promoting knowledge and solutions-based journalism.
The Academy, which offers practical training in radio, television and print reporting as well as presentation and news anchoring, handed out over 50 awards to students who submitted work on politics, gender, entertainment, sports and photography. The entries were in both English and Luganda.
The gala was graced by media personalities seeking to inspire the next generation of journalists and celebrated such as luminaries WBS TV veteran journalist Drake Ssekeba, who received the TV Legend Award for his consistency in television presentation and inspiring others to pursue journalism.
Mr. Joel Kizabo, the director of communications and external relations at the African Development Bank, was also recognised and he received the Media Lifetime Achievement award. The award recognises media personalities with an outstanding record and accomplished career in journalism in Uganda. Recipients would have exhibited an excellent and exemplary track record as journalists and can be considered media role models to aspiring journalists.