The African Centre for Media Excellence was incorporated in Kampala, Uganda, on 17 August 2009, under the Companies Act, Cap 110, as a company limited by guarantee and not having share capital. That is legalese to mean that ACME is a non-profit. Strategically, ACME occupies the space between the media industry and academic institutions that train journalists.
The centre is the result of informal discussions between Mr Peter Mwesige (PhD) and Mr Bernard Tabaire that started in 2005 when they both worked in senior editorial positions at the Daily Monitor while at the same time co-teaching on a journalism course at Makerere University. They envisaged a media development organisation that delivers quick turn around time without compromising quality in mid-career training for journalists, media literacy training for the broader population, media research, media monitoring, and freedom of expression advocacy.
ACME directly employs about a dozen staff and works with a growing network of external trainers and researchers. It is governed by a general meeting made up of subscribers as the highest body, a board of directors as the policy-making organ, and a management team that carries out day-to-day activities of the centre. Read on for more information about our vision, mission and activities. And be our friend.