The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) and the Ford Foundation have partnered to establish a Community Media Fund (CMF) providing critical philanthropic support to enhance citizens’ access to relevant information that enables the public to hold officials accountable and to urge support for policies and practices that promote inclusive economic and human development. For more details – https://www.bmia.org/community-media-fund/
28 October 2021: Sport has played an important role in society for thousands of years. Around the world, it brings people together from all backgrounds and all walks of life. The Thomson Reuters Foundation has a funding programme for journalists in Africa who want to report on how sport is run in their own country or wider region. Application deadline is 28th October 2021.
Learn how you can apply here – https://www.trust.org/media-development/opportunities/?sfid=a053z00000ppJKvAAM&sfProgId=a15D0000018xcQuIAI&areaOfFocus=Equality+and+Tolerance
9 October 2021: The conference provides a platform for professionals involved in Information Technology and Computer Science to exchange knowledge and gain an insight into the state of the art in the current technology, techniques and solutions in Computer Science as they have been developed and applied in different countries. Participants include a wide variety of stakeholders from research and academia, to industrial sectors as well as government organizations.
19 Sep 2021: EUIWNMC aims at examining the various challenges in the areas of wireless networks & mobile communications. The conference will provide a forum for exchanging ideas, discussing solutions, and sharing experiences among researchers and professionals from both academia and industry interested in wireless networks and mobile communications.
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ in General Assembly Resolution A/RES/68/163. The Resolution urges Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. This day is commemorated every year on 2nd November a date which coincides with the day when tow French journalists were assassinated in Mail.
The Uganda Editors’ Guild in partnership with the Media Focus on Africa (MFA), have started discussions on key issues in the media industry, including regulation and media freedoms.
At a recent dialogue held at Golden Tulip Hotel in Kampala, the editors discussed the kind of regulation the media needs to protect itself but also in order to gain respect.
Dr Adolf Mbaine, a lecturer from the Journalism School at Makerere University pointed out that the media needs to self-organise if the industry is to present a credible case for self-regulation.
While presenting a key note address under the topic “Creating Mechanisms towards Self-Regulation”, Dr Mbaine, presented the different options for regulation including — statutory, self and co-regulation. He also expounded on the concept of self-regulation, a popular subject in the media industry circles in Uganda, pointing out its ….. Read The Whole Story Here
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20 youths from Imvepi refugee settlement, in West Nile region of Uganda, have taken part in the first training session of a seven day capacity building workshop in film production, implemented by Impact Unified in partnership with Media Focus on Africa (MFA) Uganda.
The youths took to the training with excitement with it being the first of its kind they have had the opportunity to participate in. “I have watched films before but did not know how they were made. Now I am glad I have the opportunity to learn how to make films,’’ said Brenda Alia, a student from Imvepi Secondary School. The students were introduced to the basics of script writing, editing, taught about media and different platforms through which to communicate films. “A good film is like a well cooked meal where you have all the ingredients properly put together,” said Neil Bell, a film producer/director from Impact Unified, while teaching the youths about the basics of film editing.
During the training, the youths were challenged to come up with narratives of their own, which they will have to develop into short one-minute films in the course of the seven day training period. Amongst the resources given to the youths to help with their learning and also produce their own films, are Ipad configured with video editing software. With these, the youths can record and edit video and audio footage. These Ipads, among other resources, will be left available to the youths even after the project is over, such that they can carry on producing films to express themselves and tell their stories to the world.
This capacity building is the major component of Project One-minute that aims at empowering youths in refugee settlements with skills and knowledge in film production, media and communication. Project One-minute is funded by Creative-Force-Swedish Institute, a Swedish agency engaging other countries in information, culture, public life among others, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government to reduce poverty in the world. Project One-minute is facilitated by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
The Observer newspaper in Uganda has today featured our Award-winning drama series Yat Madit in its print edition. Yat Madit uses edutainment to promote dialogues for peace building and conflict resolution in North and North Eastern Uganda. It is funded by The European Union with Europe Year for Cultural Heritage 2018 and Doen Foundation.
Read the full article here: https://observer.ug/lifestyle/57808-award-winning-yat-madit-returns-with-second-season.html
For Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) MFA implemented a training programme consisting of short training courses in basic skills and newswriting and online and investigative journalism for correspondents. The training programme was targeting correspondents working for the local media. Short training courses and review days were complemented with a 4 month mentorship programme: with personal coaching, review meetings with mentors, personal assignments, press conferences and a 2-week internship. MFA partnered with the International Center For Journalists (ICFJ). Joachim Buwembo, a rewarded journalist and knight fellow from the International Center for Journalists, supervised the mentor programme. The training programme was supported by an online platform for peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.
- http//mediaup.tmf.or.tz online trainings platform
- 24 students trained in investigative and online journalism, basic skills and newswriting
- 600 articles were posted on the online platform
- 18 correspondents accomplished the short courses and 4-month mentorship program
- 5 front page articles in national newspapers