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New Vision tops ACME Awards

By John Semakula

Added 13th April 2017 12:17 PM

New Vision still took the day after winning six awards out of the 20 followed by the Daily Monitor with four trophies and the Independent Magazine with three.

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Top notch journalists pose for a group photo during the African Centre for Media Excellence ( ACME)  awarding ceremony at Golf  Course Hotel Kampala on  April 13, 2017.Photos by Wilfred Sanya 

New Vision took seven out of the 20 awards given to journalists who excelled in journalism last year by the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) last evening.

But the tight competition for the awards left many journalists and their media houses in disbelief. The competition was tight that not even the winners could believe how they beat some of their colleagues to the top.

 ew isions onan usinge receives ducation eporting award New Vision’s Conan Businge receives Education Reporting award

 
And unlike in the previous years when some journalists went for the event sure of winning in their respective categories, this time around, victory ambushed many winners. There was always drama as the audience shouted names of journalists they expected to win and the MC read others on the contrary.

The event was full of surprises that some upcountry radio stations beat big media houses in Kampala to scoop some of the most prestigious awards.

 ew isions tephen senkaaba scooped both ulti edia eporting  and rts  ulture eporting wards New Vision’s Stephen Ssenkaaba scooped both Multi Media Reporting and Arts & Culture Reporting Awards

 
The first journalist to be declared winner on the event was Immaculate Amany of a radio station situated in Lira District, northern Uganda. Amany won the highly coveted Agricultural award.

ew isions illy wothungeyo won in ports eporting category New Vision’s Billy Rwothungeyo won in Sports Reporting category

 
But New Vision still took the day after winning six awards out of the 20 followed by the Daily Monitor with four trophies and the Independent Magazine with three.

 ew isions ndrew asinde receives ealth eporting award New Vision’s Andrew Masinde receives Health Reporting award

 
New Vision's Stephen Ssenkaaba, a contributing editor left the event smiling after scooping two awards in Arts and Culture; and Multimedia reporting. The winner of each category takes home sh2.5m and the first runner up bags sh1m.

 ew isions ohn asaba  and aniel dyegu  won in nvironmental eporting and ocal eporting categories respectively New Vision’s John Masaba( L) and Daniel Edyegu( R) won in Environmental Reporting and Local Reporting categories respectively

 

 
New Vision features department dominated the event after three of its journalists scooped four awards. Besides Ssenkaaba, others from the department who won awards were Conan Businge the education editor who took the education award; Andrew Masinde won in the Health category and Billy Rwothungeyo scooped the Sports award.

John Masaba of the weekend newspapers of New Vision won in the environmental category, leaving Gerald Tenywa a top notch environmental senior writer at New Vision to settle for the second position.  

Meanwhile Daniel Edyegu, a New Vision reporter based in Mbale won the local reporting category. In the previous contests, Edyegu would win the photojournalism category.

 ew isions ope afaranga poses with her certificate of recognition New Vision’s Hope Mafaranga(R) poses with her certificate of recognition.

 


The overall journalist of the year who scooped the Nile Breweries Award for Exceptional Reporting was Solomon Serwanja. One of Serwanja's stories won in Explanatory Reporting.

The event was attended by top notch media personnel like Monica Chibita, Hellen Kawesi, the deputy director of communicating at the Parliament of Uganda and David Mukholi the managing editor of the New Vision.   

 ew isions onald ugabe poses with his certificate of recognition New Vision’s Ronald Mugabe poses with his certificate of recognition.

 
The event was graced by Louis Kesekende, the deputy governor of bank of Uganda as the chief guest.

The awards were also dominated by male journalist as only two categories were won by women.

New Vision’s John Samakula poses with Louis Kesekende, the deputy governor of Bank of Uganda after receiving his certificate of recognition.

 
List of ACME journalism award winners

Agriculture…………..Immaculate Amany Radio Wa

Arts and Culture category………….……Stephen Senkaba New Vision

Business, Finance and Economic reporting……….Isaac Khisa…… The Independent

Data journalism……………..Edgar Batte Daily Monitor

 
Editorial Cartooning………………….Chrisogon Atukwasize of Daily Monitor

Education Reprting 28 enteries………..Conan Businge surging free education numbers failing quality

Energy, Oil, gas and mining…….Benon Herbert Oluka Observer

Environmental Reporting………………………….John Masaba Rwenzori New Vision

Explanatory reporting……………………………….Solomon Serwanja and Godfrey Badebye NBS

Features……………………………………………….Ronald Musoke Independent

Health Reporting…………………………………Andrew Masinde New Vision

Justice law and Order……………………..Kakaire Observer

 

Investigating Reporting………………………Andrew Bagala Daily Monitor

Photojournalism………………………………….Daily Monitor

Local Reporting…………………………………Daniel Edyegu Chacoal  of New Vision

Multi Media Reporting…………………….. Stephen Senkaba (New Vision)

 ew isions ndate kanya and aul usharizi receive their certificates New Vision’s Andate Okanya and Paul Busharizi receive their certificates

 
National News Broadcast………………….Anitah Muwanguzi 104.1 Power FM

National News Reporting………..Haggai Matsiko Independent

Political Reporting………………….Gabriel Iguma and Christopher Kayonga Wizarts media and Solomon Sserwanja NBS

Sports Reporting………………………….Billy Rwothungeyo New Vision

Nile Breweries Award for Exceptional Journalism 2017………..Solomon Serwanja (NBS TV)

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