Out of the 21 award categories, the New Vision journalists topped 10 of them
In almost every category that Roger Mugisha (the MC of the night) read out, a New Vision journalist that was shortlisted emerged victorious.
The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) on Wednesday held its third Uganda National Journalism Awards at the Golf Course Hotel in Kampala to recognize journalists from various media houses for the exceptional efforts in being a voice to the voiceless.
Out of the 21 award categories, the New Vision journalists came first in 10 of them.
They include Joshua Kato in agriculture, Billy Rwothungeyo in business, economy and finance, Owen Wagabaza in energy, oil, gas and mining, Stephen Ssenkaaba in justice, law and order, Daniel Edyegu in photojournalism and Carol Natukunda who won both the education and Explanatory Reporting category.
Other winners who jointly submitted articles included Conan Businge, Gerald Tenywa and Saudha Nakandha in environment, Esther Namugoji, Mary Karugaba, Moses Walubiri, John Masaba and John Semakula in jata journalism and Innocent Anguyo, Fred Turyakira, Godfrey Ojore, Jolly Owiny, Ali Mao and Richard Drasimaku in the National News Print category.
The winners walked away with a plaque, a certificate of recognition and a cash price of sh2.5m. The first runners up got certificates and cash price of sh1.5m.
They included Gerald Tenywa in the environment category, Sebidde Kiryowa in multimedia feature and Gloria Nakajubi, Owen Wagabaza and Billy Rwothungeyo in the health category. Natukunda was the runner up for the Nile Breweries Award for Exceptional Journalism.
Norman Katende, Hope Mafaranga, Pascal Kwesiga, Andrew Masinde and Claire Nanyunja all received honorable mentions in sports, agriculture, justice, law and order and Explanatory Reporting respectively.
Other winners from various media houses included the Independent's Ronald Musoke, Chrisogon Atukwasize, Nelson Wesonga, Farahani Mukisa, Frederic Musisi and Abdul Nasser Ssemugabi from the Daily Monitor, Bernard Yiga and Anthony Sennabulya from UBC TV, Michael Wambi of Uganda Radio Network and Moses Akena and Frank Walusimbi of NTV.