The United States Embassy in Uganda has sponsored a 10 day Multimedia and Digital Skills training of Bachelor of Mass Communication (BSc MAC) students at Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) Main Campus in Mbale City.
The students were trained by Ultimate Media Consult from 17th -26th March, 2021.
Speaking during the closing and awards ceremony today, 26th March,2021, US Embassy in Uganda Spokesperson Tonny Kujawa has urged the students to use the skills acquired to practice good journalism.
“Use the skills you have acquired to make your Journalism carrier strong. Use your digital gadgets such as phones to tell your stories to the world. Use the skills to break news that benefit your societies,” Kujawa said through Zoom.
Kujawa also urged the students to use new media professionally to end fake news.
“Use the skills you have acquired to work professionally and end fake news out there. In 21st century , journalists are telling stories using new media,” he said.
The US Embassy Spokesperson said United States will continue supporting such trainings to improve levels of Journalism in Uganda.
In his remarks, IUIU Vice Rector Academic Affairs Dr Jamil Serwanga commended US Embassy and Ultimate Media Consult for the training.
“I want to commend US Embassy in Uganda and Ultimate Media for the multimedia training. We are in digital world and the training will have a good impact on the students,” Dr Serwanga said.
During the ceremony, two students namely Tumwine Muhammad and Kagoya Zainab were awarded Smartphones and Tripod Stands each for writing outstanding Multimedia Stories. The items will help the students to actualise skills they have acquired during the training.
Among others, the students were trained in Multimedia Storytelling and Good Journalism, Journalism and the Internet, Internet Search Strategies for Journalists, Basic Web Design, Fact Checking and Verification , Basic Mapping and Data Visualization and Data Mashups among others .