Uganda National Journalism Awards 2022 open for entries

African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) is pleased to announce that the Uganda National Journalism Awards 2022 are open for entries.

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.

The Uganda National Journalism Awards 2022 will be given to the best reporting in 20 categories, namely:

Agriculture reporting Land and property rights reporting
Arts reporting Local reporting
Business, economy and finance National news (broadcast)
Education reporting National news (print)
Energy and extractive industries News illustration
Environment reporting Photo and video journalism
Features Political reporting
Health reporting Public accountability reporting
Investigative reporting Public works and infrastructure
Justice, law and order reporting Sports reporting

The judging process

An independent expert panel of 15 members will select winning entries based on accuracy, initiative, originality, clarity of interpretation, storytelling ability, public benefit, audience engagement, innovation, and writing and creative flair.

The prize

Both the winner and first runner-up in each category will receive a cash prize. Plaques and certificates will also be given to the top three winners. Winners will be celebrated at a grand gala to be held in Kampala in August 2022. Additionally, winning entries will be published online and in a booklet to be distributed by ACME.

How to participate

All entries must have been published or broadcast in a Ugandan media outlet or a regional outlet with a substantial Ugandan audience during the 2021 calendar year. Web-based news organisations that follow a strict code of journalistic ethics and publish original reporting on a regular basis may also submit entries.

To submit an entry for the awards, visit the eligibility rules and submission guidelines page.

Key dates for the Uganda National Journalism Awards 2022

  • Entries open: 22 February 2022
  • Entries close: 31 May 2022
  • Judging process: June-July 2022
  • Awards ceremony: August 2022

For more information or inquiries, write to awards[at]acme-ug.org.

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