CLOSED – Training opportunity – Covering urbanisation in Uganda

  •  Training dates: Part 1 – 12-16 April; Part 2 – 24-28 May
  • Slots available: 15 journalists
  • Application deadline: 6 April 2021

Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

— Sustainable Development Goal 11

If Uganda does not implement effective measures to improve the working and living environment in urban areas, the results will be increased congestion and significant limits to the benefits of urbanization.

—The World Bank, 2015

About the course

The Uganda National Urban Policy defines urbanisation as a “population shift from rural to urban areas, it is the gradual increase in the proportion of people living in urban areas and the ways in which each society adapts to the change. It is predominantly the process by which towns and cities are formed and become larger as more people begin living and working in urban areas”.

It is with this in mind that ACME has developed a two-part course on Covering Urbanisation. The course is part of our Enhancing Media Capacity for Inclusive Development programme, which is supported by the Delegation of the European Union in Uganda.

This training arms participants with an understanding of the meaning, importance, and drivers of urbanisation and current debates on the subject within a developing country context. It further equips participants with the journalistic skills and techniques to effectively cover urbanisation. The knowledge part will explore the state of urbanisation in Uganda — the advantages and how they are being harnessed, the challenges and what is being done to address them, and what more could be done.

How to apply

This course is open to all journalists in Uganda. Women journalists and journalists stationed in the newly-created cities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Send an email to that contains all the following documents:

  1. A letter of introduction and application to the course. The letter must include your bio data, journalistic experience, compelling reasons on why you are interested in the course and specifics of how you intend to use the knowledge gained in your reporting.
  2. Two samples of your best stories on issues related to urbanisation in Uganda.
  3. A simple story pitch detailing an issue related to urbanisation that you will produce after the first part of the course.
  4. A letter of support from your editorial supervisor stating that they will give you time off to attend both parts of the course in full. If you are a freelance reporter and unable to provide a letter of support, please state that this is so.

Send your application by 6 April.

Incomplete applications will be disregarded.


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