HRNJ-Uganda Media Rights Awards 2016

THE ANNUAL JOURNALISTS AWARD

 INTRODUCTION

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda with support from DGF will conduct an Annual Journalists Award. The Award is directly under the project “Bolstering professional capacities to deter safety and security threats and risks.” It focuses on creating a conducive operating environment for the media to effectively play its role in society.

This Annual Journalists Award seeks to recognize outstanding individual practicing journalists and media houses that maintain higher professional standards in expediting their work in promoting journalists’ rights and freedoms. A similar event took place last year and the same will be done this year. This consistency is particularly to instigate sustainable coverage of press freedom issues and activism with a view of enhancing professionalism and security within the fraternity.

PURPOSE

  • The Annual Journalists Award is geared towards instigating sustainable coverage of press freedom issues.

  • Instilling activism with a view of enhancing professionalism and security within the media fraternity

EXPECTED OUTCOME.

  • Increased and sustainable coverage of media issues in both print and electronic media outlets

  • Activism within the media fraternity instilled.

  • Professionalism and security enhances within the media fraternity

ELIGIBILITY

All practising individual journalists reporting on media rights and freedom of expression in both print and electronic media outlets in Uganda.

All media houses within Uganda talking about media rights and freedom of expression a number of times and the amount of space given to talk about media rights and freedom of expression.

AWARD REQUIREMENTS.

What Kind of stories will the panelists be looking out for (Print and On-Line)?

  • The stories should be based on media rights and freedom of expression.

  • Demonstrate a high quality of reporting/writing in terms of depth, rigor, research, investigative enterprise, innovativeness, clarity, proper sourcing, fairness, accuracy, exhaustive analysis of the context and background and an above average understanding of the subject matter.

  • Demonstrate journalistic integrity (Professionalism and ethics) in terms of neutrality in the information provided and transparency in sourcing. Stories laden with anonymous sourcing will be rejected.

  • All the submissions must have been published or broadcast on any Uganda Media outlet between May 2016 and March 2017. Proof of this will be required

  • The Story should not have been submitted anywhere before for a similar award.

  • We will look out for featured stories, special reports, photographic essays among others

Electronic Media (What the judges will be looking out for)

How much space is given within the media house to talk about media issues

How consistent are they in talking about media issues?

KEY DATES TO TAKE NOTE OF

1.

Date for Receiving Entries

March to 10th April 2017

2.

Contact for Sending Entries

trainings@hrnjuganda.org

3.

Prizes

The winners (Best Male, Female Journalist and Best Media House) will receive prizes ranging from cash, commemorative plaques and certificates.

4.

Analyzing the submitted stories

11th -18th April 2017

5.

Award Ceremony

May

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