CLOSED: 2016 local government reporting fellowship

Call for Fellowship Applications

Theme: Covering Local Government
Period: January – June 2016
Available Fellowship Slots: 12
Deadline for Application: 5 February 2016

The African Centre for Media Excellence is pleased to invite applications for its fifth fellowship programme. The ACME fellowship is a six-month in-service journalism training and mentoring opportunity that also gives fellows access to up to Shs2.5 million in financial support towards three (3) reporting projects. Print, electronic and online Ugandan journalists with 2-5 years of experience are encouraged to apply.

To apply

  1. Download, complete and send the application form to
  2. Or complete, print and bring the application form to our offices in Bunga-Soya, off Ggaba Road
  3. Ask your editor to write a letter supporting your application and send it to

Key things to keep in mind

  • The deadline for application is 5 February 2016
  • Support letter from your editor is a MUST
  • Application form MUST be completely filled out
  • Your story pitch MUST be about local government

Benefits of the fellowship

  • A 5-day public affairs reporting crash course focusing on the meat and bones of Uganda’s local government system
  • A 3-day introductory course in data journalism
  • A one-day dataset building seminar
  • A grant of up to Shs2.5 million per fellow to support three special reporting projects
  • Attendance of 3 data clinics during which fellows explore story ideas from the datasets assembled with ACME
  • Two hours of one-on-one mentoring with a senior journalist each month of the fellowship

For inquiries, call Paul Kimumwe on 0712 666 933 or email:

About Paul Kimumwe

Paul Kimumwe is a programme officer at the African Centre for Media Excellence. Email: Twitter: @pkimumwe

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2 Comments on “CLOSED: 2016 local government reporting fellowship”

  1. The Gambia will enter into electoral cycle from 1st December 2016 to April 2018 (presidential, parliamentary and local government elections) respectively. Is Gambian journalists eligible to apply for such election reporting training?

  2. denying people a right to access information is a violation of their fundamental human right this has been always practised in Uganda and it needs to stop, we need all to stand up and fight it.

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