Call for applications – Covering health in rural Uganda

  • Theme: Covering health in rural Uganda
  • Period: February – July 2017
  • Training Venues: Kasese & Soroti
  • Districts: Journalists working in:Kasese (plus Kyenjojo, Bundibugyo, Mbarara, Lyantonde, Mbarara) and Soroti (plus Amuria, Katakwi, Ngora, Serere, Kaberamaido, Mbale)
  • Available slots: 15 participants for each course from both the select districts and neighbouring districts
  • Deadline for application: 25 January 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 and neighbouring each of the 4 selected districts (Arua, Kasese, Luwero, Soroti) and neighbouring districts, 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 first training workshops that will be held in the districts of Kasese and Soroti.

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 writing, field visits and interactions with ACME trainers, academics, health experts, government and CSO officials.

ACME will pay transport 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 at least one story 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 the story idea; packaging a health story; how the media have covered HIV/AIDS in Uganda and lessons learnt; common mistakes in health journalism and how to avoid them.


Training dates:

  • Kasese (Course A): Monday, 30 January – Friday, 4 February 2017
  • Soroti (Course A): Monday, 27 February – Friday, 3 March 2017


Send us:

  1. A one-page cover letter that contains basic information (your name, job title, years of experience, media house, how long you have worked as a journalist), 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 to your participation from your editorial manager.

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