2018 eligibility rules and submission guidelines

ELIGIBILITY

  • There is no entry fee.
  • The competition is open to all journalists, freelance or full-time, working in Uganda.
  • Work submitted must be published or broadcast in a Ugandan media outlet or a regional news outlet with wide distribution in Uganda.
  • All work submitted must have been broadcast or published between January 1 and December 31, 2017.
  • Any news article, broadcast programme or series, covering a single topic or subject in the categories listed for competition, is eligible.
  • If a story series is submitted, the first part, and not more than two other parts of the series, should be entered into competition.
  • Submission of local language articles and broadcasts is encouraged. They must be accompanied with English translations or transcripts (for broadcast).
  • If a story with a shared byline is submitted, a detailed explanation of each team member’s contribution must be given. Cash prizes for shared bylines are shared equally among all journalists, unless there is a clear lead writer and this testimony is backed by a signed letter from an entrant’s editorial manager.

There are 20 categories for competition.

  • Journalists can only submit one article, broadcast or series in each category.
  • Entry of two submissions in a category is only permitted if one of the submissions contains a shared byline or production credit.
  • Submissions can be made to a maximum of three categories only.
  • Journalists can only submit up to three entries in total, including one shared byline.
  • Members of the public and editorial manager can submit an entry on behalf of a journalist. In such a situation, we shall contact the journalists to confirm their consent to participation in the competition.

FILE FORMATS FOR FORMATS FOR ENTRIES

All entries must include the date and outlet in which they were published or broadcast.

Print entries

  • Print entries should be submitted as clean, clearly legible, text recognisable PDF documents. The date of publication must be clearly visible.
  • Photographs should be sent, as published, in PDF format or as cuttings of the original published copies.
  • News illustration entries should be sent in PDF format or as cuttings of the original copies.
  • Entries submitted in a format other than the recommended one will be disqualified.

 Electronic entries

Radio:

  • All work must be submitted in the format in which it was broadcast.
  • Emailed entries must be in MP3 format (not under 128 bitrate). Physical deliveries may be made on audio CD which is clearly labelled (name and entry title).
  • Entries must not be longer than 30 minutes.
  • Large files should be sent using Google Drive or other large file FTP services like SendSpace and BigFiles. If you choose to send files using a third party platform, please send an email to awards@acme-ug.org (subject: UNJA 2018 file submission) alerting us to expect your submission.
  • Links to podcasts, websites or SoundCloud will not be accepted.

Television:

  • All work must be submitted in the format in which it was broadcast.
  • Emailed entries must be in MP4, AVI or MOV format. Physical deliveries may be made on DVD and clearly labelled (name and entry title).
  • Entries must not be longer than 30 minutes.
  • Large files should be sent using Google Drive or other large file FTP services like SendSpace and BigFiles. If you choose to send files using a third party platform, please send an email to awards@acme-ug.org (subject: UNJA 2018 file submission) alerting us to expect your submission.
  • Links to websites or YouTube channels will not be accepted.

Online:

  • Journalists should provide offline versions of the online published work in legible, machine-readable PDF format. They are also required to provide working live or cached links for the articles.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Entries may be submitted in the following ways:

  • By physical delivery to the African Centre for Media Excellence, C/o Uganda National Journalism Awards 2018, Plot 124 Nanjala Road, Bunga-Soya, Ggaba Road, Kampala.
  • By email to awards@acme-ug.org, subject: UNJA 2018 submission

Follow these simple instructions to submit your entries:

  1. Read the Awards category descriptions carefully to select the competition category best suited to your story.
  2. Download and fill in the Uganda National Journalism Awards 2018 submission form  (click the link to save)
  3. Send the filled in form and your entries in one email to awards@acme-ug.org. Subject: UNJA 2018 submission.
  4. Send physical copies of the submission form and your entries to the African Centre for Media Excellence
  5. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate submission form.

For further inquiries about the Uganda National Journalism Awards, write to awards@acme-ug.org, Subject: UNJA 2018 inquiries.