The annual Media Challenge Awards 2018 were held at the Kampala Serena Victoria hall on Sunday 27th. The awards came after a three days expo held at Mackinnon Suites from November 16 to 19 under the theme ‘Reframing Refugee Stories,’ where students from different media institutions like Makerere, Multi-Tech Business School St Lawrence, Uganda Christian University (UCU), Cavendish, UMCAT Journalism School, Islamic University in Uganda, St Lawrence University and Kampala International University took part in newsgathering activities to form the best news bulletin.
The Mukono based UCU campus highlighted the awards, winning in the categories of best camera work, best producer, best political reporter, best English live reporter, best education story, best radio feature and overall best English news bulletin. The UCU team also had the first and second runners-up news anchors and also the runner-up with the best refugee story.
Cavendish University’s Caleb Okereke scooped the award for best technology reporter and the best English news reporter award was received by Juliet Nalwooga from Cavendish. Cavendish University’s team added onto the night victory after receiving the award for the best-edited story. The best social media team award went to St Lawrence University.
The awards ceremony not only catered for students that took part in the expo but sought to appreciate media in Uganda. Some of the awards given were to appreciate outstanding journalists and media organizations in different categories.
Veteran photojournalist James Sakena received the Media Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to professional journalism. Kin Kharisa, CEO Next Media Services received the 2018 Media Visionary Award for his effort to change the media landscape in East Africa and creating platforms for talent.
Some of the outstanding journalists at the awards night included NBS’s Samson Kasumba who received the award for the Bbale Francis Award, Ritah Kemigisha as the best female radio news anchor and Joyce Bagala as the best television female Luganda news anchor. NBS television received the award for best live television.
The award winners walked away excited with the hope that the various media organization will be calling on them to take on opportunities in their different fields of interest. All the student winners in different categories from the different institutions will be part of the Fellowship program organized by the Media Challenge Initiative in 2019.
Have a glimpse of the event.