KAMPALA- Journalist from Monitor Publications Limited (MPL) and sister companies in the country under the National Media Group (NMG) have dominated this year’s shortlist for the exceptional journalism awards in various categories organised by African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME).
According to the list of nominees released by ACME on Thursday, out of the 80 journalists, 29 are from NMG. Eighteen are from Daily Monitor, NTV (7), KFM (2) and East African (2).
The journalists are nominated in various categories, including data journalism, investigative reporting, editorial cartooning, sports and education.
In some categories such as photojournalism, Daily Monitor journalists do not have competitors and the category for editorial cartooning, for the second time in three years, will be a preserve for the Daily Monitor’s Chrisogon Atukwasize since no other cartoonist is nominated.
The annual awards organised by ACME are meant to recognise and promote excellence in reporting and to inspire quality journalism in the country.
According to ACME, this year’s function will be presided over by Dr Louis Kasekende, the deputy governor of Bank of Uganda, on April 12 at a sumptuous dinner in Kampala.
According to ACME, each winner will take home a cash prize of Shs2.5 million, a commemorative plaque, and a certificate, while each runner-up will receive Shs1 million and a certificate.
The statement from ACME clarifies that “where there is a tie, the prize money will be shared accordingly.”
Mark Keith Muhumuza
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