Uganda National Journalism Awards 2024 entry rules & submission guidelines

Please carefully read the following instructions in their entirety. For inquiries, please send an email to awards[at]acme-ug.org with the subject line “UNJA 2024 inquiries”.

Eligibility:

  • There is no entry fee.
  • The competition is open to all journalists, whether freelance or full-time, as well as independent content producers working in Uganda.
  • Entries are welcome from anyone producing journalistic content on any platform, online or offline. This means that independent content producers who published journalistic content relevant to the competition are also welcome to submit entries.
  • Submitted work must have been published or broadcast in a Ugandan media outlet or a regional news outlet that is widely accessible in Uganda. 
  • There is a total of 21 categories in this competition: 3 institutional-based awards and 18 subject-based awards.
  • All work (for subject-based entries) and strategies (for institutional-based entries, apart from the Stanbic Shield of Journalism category) submitted must have been broadcast, published, or implemented between 1 January and 31 December.  
  • Entries for the Uganda National Journalism Awards must be submitted by midnight on 30 April 2024.

Notice:

  • By submitting an entry to the contest, entrants represent and warrant that they have the necessary rights to do so and are the author, creator, or producer of the entry. Entrants permit ACME to post files of the winning entries on its website and awards-related communications.
  • Information provided to enter the competition will not be sold to third parties but may be shared as necessary for conducting and judging the contest and awarding prizes. Entrants may receive email communications from ACME concerning the contest.
  • ACME reserves the right to disqualify any individual or entity found tampering with the entry process, violating contest rules, or taking actions intended to disrupt the awards’ legitimate operation. Entries containing professional ethical violations or inappropriate content will be disqualified.

Submission rules and guidelines:

  •  All submissions must be made online using either one of the following submission forms: UNJA 2024 institutional awards submission form or UNJA 2024 topical categories submission form.
  • Subject awards categories: Entrants must complete the submission form in full. Entrants in the subject-based categories can only submit work in ONE category. Submissions must comprise a body of work in a single reporting area. Here, a body of work relates to a collection of at least three and up to five pieces of journalism that may include:
    • Related pieces or series showcasing in-depth coverage of a single topic.
    • Unrelated pieces on a variety of topics within the same category, that display reporting versatility and consistency.
  • Institutional awards categories: Institutions must submit entries for competition using the UNJA 2024 institutional awards submission form. A media organisation may submit entries for ANY or ALL of the three institutional awards.
  • Translation required: If the submitted work was published or broadcast in a language other than English, an English translation or transcript must be provided.
  • Access to entries: If an outlet has a paywall or limited access, the entrant must provide entries in readable PDFs. Failure to provide accessible content during the screening and judging period will result in disqualification.
  • Deadline: All entries must be received before midnight on 30 April 2024. ACME is not responsible for late, lost, or misdirected entries.

Entry formats for subject-based categories:

  • PRINT ENTRIES: Submit clean, clearly legible, text-recognisable PDF documents with visible publication dates. Photographs/illustrations should be sent as published in PDF format or as cuttings of the original published copies.
  • RADIO/PODCAST ENTRIES: Submit full audio form entries not exceeding 60 minutes. Large files should be sent using Google Drive or other large file FTP services.
  • TELEVISION/VIDEO ENTRIES: Emailed entries must be in MP4, AVI, or MOV format, not exceeding 60 minutes. Large files should be sent using Google Drive or other large-file FTP services. If sending files through a third-party platform, indicate this in the submission form.
  • ONLINE ENTRIES: Provide offline versions of online published work in legible, machine-readable PDF format. Working live or cached links for the articles must be provided to verify publication or broadcast.