Journalists get recognition at Gender Media Awards

Uganda Media Women’s Association (UMWA) has awarded journalists and media houses for excellence in gender sensitive reporting.

The inaugural Gender Media Awards attracted submissions from 26 journalists and the work of 14 media houses was reviewed.

At the awards gala held on Wednesday August 24 at Hotel Africana in Kampala, The Observer   was named the top newspaper for “the most space to stories about women with positive attribute”. The New Vision came second. For television reporting, NBS came first, followed by NTV Uganda.

Several journalists also won prizes for their gender-awareness and sensitive reporting.

Benjamin Jumbe

Henry Lematia


Radio Pacis, Arua

Best Radio Feature Story

1st Runner Up, Radio Features Story

Diana Kibuuka

Sarah Mawerere


UBC Radio

Best Radio Documentary

1st Runner Up, Radio Documentary

Raziah Athman

Justine Nabunya

Urban TV

Record TV

Best News Television Story

1st Runner Up, Television News Story

Justine Nabunya

Ronald Muwanga

Record TV


Best Television Feature Story

1st Runner Up, Television Features Story

Suzan Nawonga

Solomon Serwanja



Best Television Documentary

1st Runner Up, Television Documentary

Ms. Margaret Sentamu, the UMWA Executive Director, said that journalists and the media in Uganda often mistake gender-sensitive reporting for stories about women.

UMWA believes that awarding and recognising gender-sensitive reporting will contribute to a positive change in media portrayal and reporting of both men and women.

Below is a press statement about the awards and a full list of winners:

Gender Media Awards Press Statement by African Centre for Media Excellence


Harriet Anena

Harriet Anena is ACME’s Special Projects Officer

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