Media challenge initiative pitched camp at the Entebbe based Nkumba University to train Journalism students in media related skills.
The 3 day annual event started with training on Thursday 15 September 2022 and proceeded with auditions on Saturday.
Over 50 students were trained in both radio and TV skills and close to 20 auditioned to secure a slot in 2022 Cohort of the Media Challenge fellowship scheduled for October.
The initiative that has been bringing together students of journalism and mass media across the country has this year singled out 15 Universities to participate for training and auditioning.
Under the theme , ‘Public service delivery reporting’ this year’s Journalism students have been tipped on how to hold Gorvernment accountable to stake holders with a balance check on public service delivery.
According to Kambugu Benjamin, a first year Journalism students, the training has helped him identify his strengths, “before this training, I was not sure of my abilities, but after the Thursday and Friday training, I was exposed to ideas on how I can start practicing Journalism by using my phone,” said Kambugu.
One of the organizers, Antonio Kisembo said that this is an opportunity that all Journalism students should embrace. Kisembo believes that the future of Journalism is sealed with success, ” we envisage a world full of assertive and eloquent Journalists and with Media Challenge Initiative, the dream is eminent,”
While moving a vote of thanks, the guild president Lawrence Mushabe thanked the organizers for always considering Nkumba University.
Winners from Nkumba University will join participants from 14 other Universities around the country.
The Media Challenge Initiative is a youth-driven nonprofit program with the mission to build an empowered generation of critical journalists who advance positive development and social change in Africa.
Started 12 years ago, the initiative has been pivotal in nurturing Nkumba University Journalism students. Familiar faces from Nkumba University who enrolled in the Media Challenge Initiative include Shamim Nabakooza, Julius Bukyana and Ali Kakembo.