Three Radio Pacis journalists honored at the 2015 Uganda National Journalism Awards gala

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Three Radio Pacis journalists were recognized for exceptional news reporting at the 2015 Uganda National Journalism Awards festival held in Kampala.

Hafiz Bakhit was the overall winner in the category of Sports reporting while Annet Lekuru was first runner up in the Justice, Law and Order category. Emmanuel Ojok received an honorary mention in the local reporting category.

Hafiz’s story was about sports betting, a growing phenomenon in all urban centers in Uganda. The judges liked the way Hafiz tackled the issue of sports betting in his story.

“The story did impress the judges. The use of sound, creativity and the context relating it to the problem country wide. I did my research about this and brought different voices” Hafiz says.

Annet lekuru submitted a story in the first edition of the awards but she was not shortlisted. The story that Lekuru submitted this time around was about a conflict involving a man in Logiri Sub-county, Arua District. Lekuru has been doing the Conflict Sensitive Journalism programme at the station and this has empowered her to do issue based stories.

Ojok is not a stranger to the awards. He was the overall winner in the local reporting category last year. A story on smuggling in West Nile earned him a place in the 2015 Uganda National Journalism Awards finalists. Ojok advises fellow journalists to always research their stories.

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