The last decade had seen some notable improvements in our journalism and today’s journalists are, in many ways, better trained than those before them. However a combination of structural and professional challenges continued to impede the potential of Ugandan or even the region’s media to inform and engage the public on the critical issues of the day.
To address the need for specialised knowledge and skills required to interrogate and convey to the public the profound changes and challenges of our times in a manner that may provoke thoughtful national debate, ACME has published a new manual for journalists: Reporting Mining – A Journalist’s Handbook.
This handbook focuses on the basics of the mining beat — the legal and regulatory framework, the value chain, the place of mining in Uganda’s development plans, and “Africa’s mining vision”. Most of the essays end with or include story tips or questions that can be posed to generate story ideas. The booklet also includes an essay on how to make the best use of data from/on the mining sector, as well as a template on how to pitch winning public affairs story ideas.
Most of the essays included in the handbook are from presentations made during training workshops at ACME between 2016 and 2018.
Although most of the examples are drawn from Uganda, journalists in the region will equally find the handbook useful.
This handbook is part of the products of the Uganda Knowledge-Based Journalism Programme, which ACME has been running since 2014 with support from the Ford Foundation eastern Africa office.
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