The African Centre for Media Excellence, with support of the Global Road Safety Partnership, is calling for applications from journalists in Uganda interested in covering road safety issues in the country. Why now? Well, Uganda predominantly relies on the road to move goods and people. However, this dominant mode of transport is unsafe. According to the Road Safety Performance Review: Uganda, a 2018 UN report, the country loses about 10 people every day in road traffic crashes, one of the highest levels in East Africa. The causes range from the poor condition of vehicles to poor road use. The training will examine these issues, with particular focus on the key behavioural risk factors of speeding, drink-driving, and use of seatbelts and crash helmets.
The training consists of two core courses to take place in Kampala. The first course, a foundational one, will last five days — from 21-25 February 2022. The second course, slated for May, is a follow-up workshop running for another five days.
The courses offer knowledge and skills modules within a context of holistic and comprehensive support to journalists. This support is through mentoring, study tours, coaching, access to sources, use of data, innovative use of digital and online databases, as well as interaction with peers, experts, policymakers, and oversight actors. The courses are interactive, practical, and participant-driven.
The in-person training will be conducted under strict observance of the SOPs as laid down by the government.
Who Will Attend
This call is intended for journalists in Uganda working with media organisations, including online platforms. Freelance journalists are free to apply. Selected journalists will be fully sponsored and required to commit to and complete all aspects of this residential training programme before, during, and after the courses. Fifteen places are available, two of which are reserved for journalists based in Gulu. Women journalists are especially encouraged to apply.
What to Do if Interested
NOTE. Those who attended the first cohort of the training should NOT apply.