The Inter-university Media Challenge Expo, 2018 started on 16th to 18th November.
It’s a competition where journalism students come together to compete in the different fields such as news anchoring, live reporting, radio features, photography and one minute of fame among others.
This year’s challenge hinged on the theme; FROM BURDENS TO BENEFITS; REFRAMING REFUGEE STORIES. Each university was required to produce 6 news reporters and 2 news anchors. The expo is there to make sure that students can show up to prove themselves plausible for their future practice in journalism.
In all ways should they be ready and willing to make the world a better place with their skill. The first Media Challenge made its way to Makerere in 2012 and Makerere has in one way or another proven itself champion at every participation.
The Awards moment for the competition is coming on the 25th night of this month at Serena Hotel. Selection will be done and only 25 students will be part of the fellowship programme organized by the Media Challenge Initiative where the lucky contestants will receive free hands-on training for 6 months.
The expo got our lovely students under high pressure; they’ve never felt more anxious. They say they had never faced that newsroom pressure all their lives, not even in their coursework assignments. MAK participants are confident that they did their best and will bring the trophy home.
UCU, Cavendish and St. Lawrence universities had quite some work to display. Tight spot there!
The judges have so far thrown in a little word of encouragement for Makerere. They say Makerere was rather exceptional, it put up such spectacular performance.
The Media Challenge has changed the face of Makerere in a rather exceptional way. Most of the students who acquainted themselves with the Media Challenge in the past years are now doing some great work in great media houses. Media Challenge is a thing that every student doing journalism in any university should give a try.
The judges will identify odd observations about everyone, once you work on the wrongs, your work ethic will be molded over time. The training is a nice platform. The hard work and harsh involvement never go unrewarded. It has the privilege of equipping people with hands-on skills.