Progress of the Uganda National Journalism Awards 2021

African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) announces the completion of the judging process of the Uganda National Journalism Awards 2021 and the postponement of the awards gala.

The awards attracted 357 entries from 194 journalists from a range of media houses across Uganda. A panel of 15 judges made up of communication professionals, academics, and former journalism practitioners assessed each entry in May and June this year. The list of finalists will be announced in early July.

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and unanticipated operational interruptions, a decision was made to postpone the awards ceremony.

“We find ourselves in uncharted territory this year and will continue to work with our partners to ensure that we will conduct a safe and befitting celebration of journalistic excellence in Uganda,” said Dr Peter Mwesige, ACME’s executive director.

He added: “ACME will continue to take advice from the relevant government authorities and will monitor the situation to make an appropriate decision about when the awards gala can be rescheduled.”

ACME is now working through plans on how to properly honour and announce this year’s winners and will release further information soon.


About the Uganda National Journalism Awards

Launched in 2013, the Uganda National Journalism Awards honour high quality, effective and engaging media coverage of public affairs issues across the country. They have become a national benchmark to recognise excellence in reporting that informs and empowers the public, increases the voices and spaces for debate, and holds the powerful to account.


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