With support from the Ford Foundation, the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) is conducting a specialised media capacity building programme called the Uganda Knowledge-Based Journalism Programme. It is a two-year engagement aimed at equipping journalists with specific subject knowledge to enable them to contextualise, question, investigate and report with depth pertinent social, economic and political issues of the day.
To this end, a training programme on covering land, extractives and natural resources had been designed for 15 suitably qualified radio talk show hosts and presenters based in Uganda’s Albertine region. By Albertine region we mean the districts of Amuru, Arua, Buliisa, Bundibugyo, Hoima, Kabarole, Kanungu, Kasese, Kibaale, Kiryandongo, Masindi, Nebbi, Ntoroko and Nwoya.
The four-day programme is designed for talk show hosts and presenters with a demonstrated interest in covering land, oil, gas, and mining, who have not previously participated in ACME’s training programmes. Its purpose is to promote accurate, knowledgeable, enterprising and investigative programming that enhances transparency and accountability in Uganda’s emerging extractive industry.
The training programme consists of two residential courses of four days each for each group of selected journalists. Successful candidates are fully sponsored, but must commit to completing all aspects of the programme.
This is therefore to invite applications from suitable Albertine-based radio talk show hosts and presenters for the first training workshop that will run from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August 2017 at the ACME training centre in Kampala.
There are 15 places available, strictly reserved for radio talk show hosts and presenters. Women involved in programme production and presentation are particularly encouraged to apply.
The training methodology will be a mixture of seminars, interviews, roundtable discussions, debates with technical experts, and regular mentoring and coaching. There will be a focus on fundamental concepts, issues, and knowledge about land and natural resources. The training will also involve critiquing and supporting the work of the trainees as they explore issues related to extractives.
Admission to the training programme is based on the talk show host, presenter or producer who has the strongest application based on submission of:
- One work sample of no more than 15 minutes of a magazine programme, documentary or talk show broadcast on the subject of land, oil or mining. If the sample is not in English, please send a translated transcript of the recording.
- A biography of no more than 200 words.
- A brief statement of no more than 200 words explaining how deepening your journalistic understanding of land and natural resources will contribute to your professional development and that of your media house.
- A letter of support from the station manager or programmes manager.
- Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously participated in ACME’s training programmes.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, 10 AUGUST 2017.
How to Apply:
Submit your application material by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Application for training workshop for Albertine talk show hosts and presenters