Journalists seeking to do in-depth and investigative stories on transparency and accountability within the public sector will be supported under a Shs320 million fund made available through the African Centre for Media Excellence.
In a statement released yesterday, ACME said up to 150 journalists stand to benefit from the grant facility and a fellowship programme set up with support from the Democratic Governance Facility.
“The grant facility and fellowship programme will support Ugandan journalists to produce accurate and compelling in-depth and investigative journalism that informs and engages the public,” said ACME executive director, Dr Peter Mwesige.
He explained that the facility and fellowship form one of three parts of a partnership between DGF and ACME under the theme, “Enhanced Media Reporting for Transparency & Accountability”. The other two components of the partnership are: “Data journalism and evidence-based reporting” and “Expanding spaces to enhance knowledge and promote professional fellowship among journalists.”
Dr Mwesige said the three components are linked by their focus on improving the flow of, and access to, information on service delivery and public affairs. He said ACME will periodically publish calls for journalists, backed by their newsrooms, to submit story projects for funding under either direct reporting grants or financial support as part of a six-month training fellowship.