By Isaac Norman Mwambazi
On Friday evening, the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) held the Uganda National Journalism Awards 2020, a scientific event that was hosted at Mestil Hotel in Kampala, as is the new normal nowadays.
Uganda’s top journalists from leading media houses and officials from the Democratic Governance Facility, who are the sponsors, graced the event. These awards are a platform on which first-rate, agenda-setting journalism in Uganda is heralded and publicised.
A total of 241 entries from 123 journalists were entered for competition, and we have the full list of the winners of the night.
- WINNER – Joshua Kato, New Vision – Agro-chemicals endanger ecosystem, human life
- WINNER – Frank Walusimbi, NTV Uganda – Songs of resistance (Part 1; Part 2)
- WINNER – Betty Amamukirori, New Vision – Armed gangs in Kween forcibly mutilating girls
Business, economy and finance reporting
- WINNER – Ismail Musa Ladu, Daily Monitor – How Uganda is surrendering trillions in tax agreements to multi-national firms
- WINNER – Edgar Raymond Batte, Daily Monitor – Birding can rake in more revenue than mountain gorillas
- WINNER – Solomon Serwanjja and Thomas Kitimbo, NBS Television – Mature before 18: The tale of teenage pregnancies in Kamuli
Energy and extractives reporting
- WINNER – Daniel Lutaaya, NBS Television – The real gold diggers
- WINNER – Solomon Serwanjja and Timothy Maganda, NBS Television – Bidi Bidi refugee camp’s firewood crisis
- WINNER – Raymond Mujuni and Godfrey Badebye, NBS Television – The sinking of MV Templar
- WINNER – Richard Wetaya, New Vision – Is fight against teenage pregnancy lost?
- WINNER – Leah Kahunde, Radio One 90 FM – Unsafe and sorry
- WINNER – Sudhir Byaruhanga, NTV Uganda – Ranch land being taken by government officials
Justice, law and order reporting
- WINNER – Betty Amamukirori, Edward Muhumuza, Patrick Tumwesigye and Obeid Lutale, New Vision – Officials turn courts into corruption dens
- WINNER – Culton Scovia Nakamya, BBS Terefayina – Mothers at risk as water crisis cripples Nakaseke Hospital
National news reporting – Broadcast
- WINNER – Solomon Serwanjja, Godfrey Badebye and Kassim Mohammed, NBS Television – Stealing from the sick
National news reporting – Print
- WINNER – Ronald Musoke, The Independent – Colours of violence in the 2021 elections
Photo and video journalism
- WINNER – Abubaker Lubowa, Daily Monitor – Nowhere to run
- WINNER – Christopher Kayonga and Gabriel Iguma, Wizarts – Demarcation of polling areas
- WINNER – Abdul-Nasser Ssemugabi, Daily Monitor – Malta – Opening the pool for young para-swimmers
Congratulations to all the winners.