Media awards on HIV, SRH and GBV – Category descriptions

This is a description of the 14 competition categories in the 2021 journalism awards on HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health.

For further guidance or clarification on these categories, please write to awards@acme-ug.org; subject: ‘HIV awards inquiries’.

 

BEST NEWS STORY

Three awards – one for best print news story, best broadcast news story and best online news story – will be given to outstanding beat coverage on HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health.  Coverage may be on one or all three topics. This category recognises the skill of producing quality news under deadline pressure. The emphasis of the award is on solid reporting, clarity of message, accuracy, incisiveness, public impact and storytelling ability. Entries in this category may be a single news report or no more than three related reports on the same subject and may be of any medium (text, audio or visual).

 

BEST FEATURE STORY

This award recognises an outstanding single story told in creative narrative style, using techniques such as character development, use of dialogue, a sense of place and multimedia formats.  Stories may be about either HIV, SRH or GBV or all three topics. The focus of this award is on storytelling and quality writing, with attention paid to originality, technique and impact. Three awards will be given for the best feature stories in print, broadcast and online platforms. Entries in this category may be a single story or no more than three related long-form stories on the same subject and may be of any medium (text, audio or visual).

 

BEST INVESTIGATIVE STORY

This award recognises excellence in reporting, based on one’s own initiative, scrutiny and investigation of matters of public importance. Stories may be about either HIV, SRH or GBV or all three topics. These are stories that shed light on things the public should know, but private industry, government or others would rather remain secret. Works will be judged on accuracy, reporting, analysis, tenacity and public benefit. Three awards will be given for the best investigative stories in print, broadcast and online platforms. Entries in this category may be a single story or no more than three related reports on the same subject and may be of any medium (text, audio or visual).

 

BEST NEWSPAPER, TELEVISION, RADIO AND ONLINE NEWS PLATFORM

This category recognises the valuable role of teamwork and organisational commitment as well as journalistic skill in coverage of either HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence or sexual and reproductive health or all three topics from 1 July 2020 to 30 August 2021. Entries must contain a body of work that demonstrates the ability of an independent content producer or news organisation to provide context and a deeper understanding to a story, issue or area of public debate on the subjects of these awards. Eligible formats include rolling coverage, a series of in-depth news reports or features, or a series of special projects. Entries can be of any medium (text, broadcast or visual) and published on any platform (print, broadcast, online and social media).

 

HIV FAST-TRACK AMBASSADOR AWARD

A single award will be given to a distinguished media personality (journalist, producer, presenter, photographer, editor, media manager or independent content producer) who through her or his work demonstrates a history of leadership and excellence as an advocate, opinion leader or storyteller at the forefront of the response to HIV and AIDS. The award highlights an individual’s personal contribution that results in increased knowledge and public awareness, creative solutions or debate that enhances Uganda’s response to HIV. To be eligible for this award, individuals must be nominated by two or more of their peers, professionals working in the fields of HIV and AIDS or upstanding members of the public.