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ACME Talks with Dr George Lugalambi - Media regulation, collaboration and the work of the Uganda Media Sector Working Group

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ACME Talks with Dr George Lugalambi - Media regulation, collaboration and the work of the Uganda Media Sector Working Group
In March this year, a new initiative called the Uganda Media Sector Working Group was launched. It seeks to serve as a common platform through which the media industry, government, media development organisations and other interested parties can address the most pressing issues of the day, such as regulation, law reform, professionalism and media viability. In this episode of ACME Talks, Dr George Lugalambi, a founder member of the Uganda Media Sector Working Group and Dr Peter Mwesige, ACME's executive director, discuss the progress and opportunities of this new initiative, and debate the future of Uganda's media industry. Follow ACME on Facebook and Twitter for updates about our work, and to join the conversation on media in Uganda.
30:07
May 6, 2021
ACME Talks with Geoffrey Kulubya - Unpacking the success of Bukedde newspaper
The resilience of Bukedde newspaper, Uganda's only local language daily, is a curiosity in the country's media landscape. In the midst of declining fortunes of newspapers, Bukedde is holding the line. It was one of only two newspapers in sub-Saharan Africa that that grew its circulation during the toughest months of the global Covid-19 pandemic and its success has confounded skeptics. What is the paper's secret sauce? In this edition of ACME Talks, ACME’s executive director, Peter Mwesige, chats with Geoffrey Kulubya, the managing editor of Bukedde about what makes the newspaper tick, and what lessons the news media can learn from its accomplishments. Follow ACME on Facebook and Twitter for updates about our work, and to join the conversation on media in Uganda.
30:17
March 17, 2021
ACME Talks with Samuel Gummah - The challenges and resilience of radio in Uganda
In commemoration of World Radio Day, ACME Talks was joined by Samuel Gummah Nabaasa, Executive Director of Uganda Radio Network, to talk all things radio. Sam, a radio man to the core, has seen the evolution, transformation and stagnation of radio broadcasting in Uganda, thanks to his decades of experience in content production and management in various radio-related organisations. In this episode, he shares his thoughts on the successes, failures and opportunities for growth for radio broadcasting in the country. Learn more about Sam's organisation, Uganda Radio Network, here. Follow ACME on Facebook and Twitter for updates about our work, and to join the conversation on media in Uganda.
27:43
February 22, 2021
ACME Talks with Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda - The impact of media coverage on the 2021 election results
Kiira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, joins us to talk about the media's coverage of Uganda's 2021 elections, how he thinks it impacted the prospects of his party, the Forum for Democratic Change, and how the political process was affected by the 'scientific' media-only campaigns. In case you missed it, check out our December research report on the media's coverage of elections in Uganda here. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates about our work, and to join the conversation on media in Uganda. Music: Happy African Village by John Bartmann
21:57
January 28, 2021
ACME Talks with Daniel Kalinaki - Media regulation and accreditation of journalists ahead of Uganda's general election
ACME's Executive Eirector, Peter Mwesige and Daniel Kalinaki, General Manager of Editorial at Nation Media Group Uganda and interim chair of the Editors' Guild, discuss the Guild's recent court application to halt the mandatory accreditation of journalists covering the 2021 general election. The case filed with the Centre for Public Interest Law calls the accreditation directive “illegal, irregular and irrational”. Read the full court motion here. ACME has conducted two studies on the media's coverage of the election. Read the combined October and November 2020 reports here. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates about our work, and to join the conversation on media in Uganda. Music: Happy African Village by John Bartmann
26:44
January 4, 2021
ACME Talks with Ali Mivule and Derrick Wandera - Elections, violence and journalists' safety
Ali Mivule (NTV Uganda) and Derrick Wandera (Daily Monitor) are two of a growing number of journalists in Uganda who have suffered violence from security forces in the course of reporting on the ongoing presidential election campaigns. In this episode they share their experience and detail the daily challenges that journalists face in a conflict-filled election season. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates about our work, and to join the conversation on media in Uganda. Music: Happy African Village by John Bartmann
30:23
January 1, 2021
ACME Talks with Conan Businge - Covering the education beat in the midst of a global pandemic
In this episode, ACME Talks with Conan Businge, Contributing Education Editor at New Vision, one of the most versatile and energetic education journalists in Uganda today. We discuss the biggest education stories in 2020, how education issues are being covered in Uganda's ongoing presidential election campaigns, and pick his brain on how to strengthen the beat going forward. ACME has released two reports on the media's coverage of Covid-19 in Uganda and other public affairs issues. Both reports, and the election coverage study mentioned at the start of this episode, are available to download on our website. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates about our work, and to join the conversation on media in Uganda. Music: Happy African Village by John Bartmann
19:16
December 31, 2020
ACME Talks with Ida Nakiganda - Human rights, media and journalism
In this edition of ACME Talks Ida Nakiganda, Director of Complaints, Investigations and Legal Services at Uganda Human Rights Commission and Peter Mwesige, Executive Director of ACME, discuss current issues in Uganda’s media industry through a human rights lens. They outline the role of duty bearers ahead of Uganda's 2021 general election, and discuss the judicial and non-judicial recourse for journalists who suffer abuse at the hands of the government and private citizens. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates about our work, and to join the conversation on media in Uganda. Music: Happy African Village by John Bartmann
24:33
December 31, 2020
ACME Talks with Prof Monica Chibita - Journalists' security, media standards & covering elections
With tensions rising between government authorities and journalists ahead of Uganda's 2021 general election, how should the media respond? ACME's Executive Director, Peter Mwesige, chats with Prof Monica Chibita, Dean of the Faculty of Journalism, Media and Communication at Uganda Christian University about the current state of affairs, the debate on accreditation of journalists, how the media have covered the campaign season, and much more. Read Peter Mwesige's analysis of government's directive to accredit journalists covering the elections here, and an op-ed by journalism lecturer, Emily Maractho here. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates about our work, and to join the conversation on media in Uganda. Music: Happy African Village by John Bartmann
23:15
December 30, 2020
ACME Talks podcast trailer
What is ACME Talks? It's a conversation about media, journalism and society; and in this trailer, we'll tell you all about it. ACME's media monitoring reports mentioned in this episode are available at our website. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates about our work, and to join the conversation on media in Uganda. Music: Happy African Village by John Bartmann
08:34
December 30, 2020
Ugandan press coverage of Covid-19
ACME conducted a study on how the major newspapers and news magazines in Uganda covered the Covid-19 pandemic from January to April 2020. This is a recording of a webinar in which the results of the study were released and discussed. For more information on ACME's research work visit www.acme-ug.org 
55:24
July 3, 2020
Guidelines for the media's coverage of Uganda's 2021 elections
This is a recording of a webinar hosted by ACME on the media's coverage of the 2021 elections. The webinar was held on 23 June, 2020 in Kampala, Uganda. Bernard Tabaire — presenter/ACME Panellists - Charity Ahimbisibwe (CCEDU), Alex Atuhaire (PML Daily), Carol Beyanga (Daily Monitor), Solomon Serwanjja (NBS TV), Jotham Taremwa (Electoral Commission)
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June 23, 2020