UGANDA HOLDS FIRST ICT JOURNALISM AWARDS

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The first ever Uganda ICT Journalism Awards took place on Friday May 6th 2005, in a rather low-key ceremony recognizing journalists who have tried their best to bring out the issues concerning Information and communication technologies in the country.

The competition to choose the winners started with a call for entries in February. The initiative was started by the Media Node of the Uganda I-Network (www.i-network.or.ug <http://www.i-network.or.ug/> ) and launched by IICD in November last year (2004).

The three winners came from TV, Radio and Print Categories. The winners were the popular TV Business news anchor and reporter of Kampala-based WBS TV Station: Irene Birungi who made an entry of the story: Telecommunication Industry; A rural Radio reporter Godfrey Olukya also scooped the award’s Radio Category for his entry of the story: ICT in Uganda; The Print category was taken by Vincent Mugaba of the Kampala-based East African Procurement News, his winning entry was a full-page feature entitled: A bite of rural Internet Café. All the three winners went home with US$200.

The occasion was witnessed by Dr. Kibuuka M. the Commissioner of Communications in the Ministry of Works Housing and Communication, who pleged government support for the initiative to award the Journalists covering ICT, with the aim of encouraging Journalists to cover the subject but also to enlighten the public.

I-Network Uganda Coordinators Dr. Johnson Nkuuhe and Eng. Elisha Wasukira said this was just the beginning of the awards and their organisation was committed to the continuity of the Uganda ICT Journalism Award.

The Media Node Coordinator Davis Weddi called upon ICT industry stakeholders in Uganda to come on board and join hands with the I-Network as they develop a new arm of Journalism that is neglected.