Call for applications – Covering health in rural Uganda

  • Theme:Covering health in rural Uganda
  • Period:February – July 2017
  • Training Venues:Luwero and Arua
  • Districts:Journalists working in: —Luwero (Plus: Kampala, Wakiso, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Kayunga, Mukono, Kiboga, Mubende, Mpigi) AND Arua (Plus: Adjumani, Yumbe, Moyo, Nebbi, Maracha, Koboko, Zombo, Amuru, Nwoya, Gulu)
  • Available slots:15 participants for each course
  • Deadline for application:24 March 2017

African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) has obtained funding from the United States Mission in Uganda to deliver training under its Knowledge-Based Journalism Programme, focusing on reporting health.  The training seeks to equip journalists and media practitioners working with upcountry media houses with the necessary skills and knowledge in covering health, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS. Fifteen journalists from each of the 4 selected districts (Arua, Kasese, Luwero, Soroti) and neighbouring areas, can apply to attend two 5-day residential workshops, separated by three months of newsroom work and mentoring.

We are now calling for applications to the training workshops that will be held in the districts of Luwero and Arua.

Who can apply?

Health reporters and editors who want to develop or improve their skills in health reporting. 

The deal

This is a long-term training programme that will include two workshops for each successful group of 15 journalists, mentorship, story pitching and writingfield visits and interactions with ACME trainers, academics, health experts, government and CSO officials.

ACME will provide transport refund and accommodation for participants.

Applicants are expected to:

  • Have at least two years’ experience working in the media.
  • Be ready to participate in all the two five-day trainings (Course A & Course B).
  • Obtain written consent from their editorial supervisors to participate in training.
  • Publish/broadcast two stories in the duration of the course.


Some of the topics to be covered include: definition of health and role of the media in health; identifying and developing a story idea; packaging a health story; how the media have covered HIV/AIDS in Uganda and lessons learnt; investigative health journalism; common mistakes in health journalism and how to avoid them.

Training dates:

  • Luwero (Course A): Monday, 3 April – Friday, 7 April 2017
  • Arua (Course A): Monday, 24 April – Friday, 27 April 2017


Send us:

  1. one-pagecover letter that contains basic information (your name, phone number, job title, years of experience, media house and the DISTRICT you are based in), reasons why you want to participate in this training, and how you intend to use knowledge and skills obtained in the training in your work.
  2. Two samples of your best work/stories on health in Uganda.
  3. A signed letter of consent from your editorial manager to participate in the training.

Note that forging of letters from editor managers/supervisors will lead to disqualification.

Submit the three (2) sets of documents to training [at] acme-ug [dot]org with a copy to hanena [at] acme-ug [dot] org.