Chief Justice presides over journalists awards




The new Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, will be the chief guest at the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) media awards scheduled for this evening at Golf Course Hotel, Kampala.

Renowned South African journalist, Ferial Haffajee, editor of the City Press newspaper in Johannesburg, will deliver the keynote address.

The awards, organised with support from Dutch international development organisation, HIVOS, are open to all journalists working for media outlets in Uganda.

They are intended to celebrate and promote exceptional, in-depth and enterprising journalism that informs public debate and holds the powerful to account.

A total of 155 journalists participated in the Uganda National Journalism Awards 2015, submitting just over 260 entries for competition in 20 reporting categories.

“We are impressed by the significant increase in overall number of submissions (17 per cent) over last year from journalists across different media platforms,” said Dr Peter Mwesige, ACME’s executive director.

“We have planned for and expect to have a bigger event than last year’s gala for the first edition of the awards,” he said.

Of the 260 entries, print journalists submitted the bulk. However TV, radio and online journalists put up a strong showing as well. The number of entries from online news platforms rose from two, in the first edition of the awards, to 10 in 2015.

The categories that drew the highest number of entries were features, health and explanatory reporting.

Photojournalism and data journalism, which were not judged last year, received seven and eight entries respectively.

These numbers, while significant, are only part of the story. The awards judging panel noted a considerable improvement in the quality of stories they assessed.

“The entries we’ve seen generally show a positive trend towards more in-depth reporting on a whole range of issues,” said Dr George Lugalambi, the head of the panel of judges.

“Journalists seem to appreciate more than they have done before that it’s not enough to record events or to merely draw the public’s attention to issues. Many have done a good job of explaining things and giving them context.”

This year’s winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held in Kampala on 8 April 2015.

This year the Uganda National Journalism Awards has also incorporated the Nile Breweries Award for Exceptional Journalism.

“We are pleased that Nile Breweries/SABMiller has responded to our call to sponsors of different journalism awards to come together under the umbrella of the Uganda National Journalism Awards,” Dr Mwesige said.

“We hope others will follow suit.”

He added: “As we have said before, ACME hopes that the Uganda National Journalism Awards will become one of Africa’s premier journalism events that will for many years inspire Ugandan journalists to seek and achieve excellence.”

The shortlist:

Two categories, editorial cartooning and commentary and analysis, are not included in the shortlist pending further consultation amongst the judges.


Adiah Nakuti – UBC Television

Isaac Khisa – The EastAfrican

Tyaba Abubaker Ssettumba – NBS Television

Arts and culture


Caroline Ariba – New Vision

Shamim Nakalule Kabuye and Jane Ndibarekera Bukenya  –

Stephen Ssenkaaba – New Vision

Business, finance and economy


John Isingoma –

John Semakula and John Masaba – New Vision

Racheal Ninsiima – The Observer

Data journalism


Isaac Khisa – The EastAfrican

Jane Ndibarekera Bukenya – Campus Times

John Semakula – New Vision

Energy, oil, gas and mining


Andrew Arinaitwe – Channel44

Carol Natukunda and Robert Atuhairwe – New Vision

Edward Ssekika – The Observer



Florence Naluyimba – NTV Uganda

Gerald Tenywa – New Vision

Ronald Musoke – The Independent

Explanatory reporting


Andrew Masinde – New Vision

Conan Businge, Caroline Ariba, Stephen Ssenkaaba, Jonathan Angura and Angel Musinguzi – New Vision

Haggai Matsiko – The Independent



Caroline Ariba – New Vision

Frank Walusimbi – NTV Uganda

Petride Mudoola – New Vision

Stephen Ssenkaaba – New Vision



Bamuturaki Musinguzi – Daily Monitor

Florence Naluyimba – NTV Uganda

Raziah Athman and Michael Kisegerwa – Urban TV

Investigative reporting


Edris Kiggundu – The Observer

Raymond Mujuni – Uganda Radio Network

Samuel Ssettumba – NTV Uganda

Justice, law and order


Annet Lekuru – Radio Pacis

Daniel Edyegu – New Vision

Joan Akello – The Independent

Local reporting


Emmanuel Ojok – Radio Pacis

Felix Warom Okello – Daily Monitor

Jimmy Kwo – Daily Monitor

Multimedia journalism


Antonio Kisembo –

Pascal Kwesiga –

National news – broadcast


Bernard Yiga – UBC Television

Franklin Ezaruku Draku – Uganda Radio Network

Solomon Serwanja – NTV Uganda

National news – print


Benon Herbert Oluka – The Observer

Julius Businge – The Independent

Pascal Kwesiga – New Vision



Daniel Edyegu – New Vision

Paul Menya – Daily Monitor

Stephen Wandera – Daily Monitor

Political reporting


Edris Kiggundu – The Observer

Flavia Nassaka – The Independent

Mwanguhya Charles Mpagi – Daily Monitor



Andrew Mwanguhya – Daily Monitor

Bakhit Hafiz – Radio Pacis

Ronald Musoke – The Independent

Nile Breweries Award for Exceptional Journalism


Caroline Ariba – New Vision

Edris Kiggundu – The Observer

Florence Naluyimba – NTV Uganda

John Semakula – New Vision

Pascal Kwesiga – New Vision

Stephen Ssenkaaba – New Vision

ACME is a Kampala-based independent, non-profit professional organisation committed to excellence in journalism and mass communication in Africa.

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