Vision Group Editor-in-Chief Barbara Kaija has been recognised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) for her exceptional leadership in the newsroom.
The Women in News Editorial Leadership Award is given annually to an outstanding female editor from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
A Thursday statement noted: “The Women in News Editorial Leadership Award recognises an exemplary contribution of an Editor to her newsroom – and under her leadership the contribution of her newspaper – to society.”
Kaija joined New Vision in 1992 and has been Editor-in-Chief for eight years. She was previously a trainee sub-editor, features editor and deputy chief sub-editor at the same media outlet.
“This acknowledgement by WAN-IFRA is recognition for all women in the media in Africa. My win, is a win for all women in the newsrooms at Vision Group and all women in the media in Uganda. I am humbled to join the few women laureates in newsrooms in Africa and I pray that this will grow into a large army and large voice for the voiceless in our society,” Kaija said in a statement to WAN-IFRA.
In the newsroom, Kaija is known for her hard work, professionalism and championing a gender-sensitive media.
“She is hardworking and has led Vision Group media platforms through very tough times without losing focus. She is keen on press freedom and professionalism, qualities that have sustained New Vision as a leading media house,” said New Vision editor John Kakande in the paper’s Friday edition.
Besides her newsroom leadership role, Kaija also mentors young journalists across the continent and sits on the boards of the African Centre for Media Excellence and Media Focus Africa.
As a 2018 Africa Laureate, Kaija joins previous winners such as Toyosi Ogunseye, former Editor of the Sunday Punch in Nigeria, Karima Kamal, columnist and contributing editor for the Egyptian daily Al Masry Al Yom and Pamella Sittoni, Editor of the International Desk for the Nation Media Group and Managing Editor for The East African.
She will be honored alongside the 2018 MENA Laureate Noura al Hourani, the Lead Arabic Editor at Syria Direct, during the WAN-IFRA World News Media Congress and World Editors’ Forum in Portugal from 6-8 June 2018.
The Women in News Editorial Leadership Award is part of WAN-IFRA’s Women in News initiative supported by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.