About Us

How do we keep journalism alive in times of dwindling media trust?

At the Media Challenge Initiative, we do what we do because we believe that good journalism makes the world a better place. We also know that this kind of journalism is becoming harder to find. We have seen journalism and the overall media industry struggle to sustain itself due to changing business models and other challenges

We have, therefore, created a home for innovations and solutions addressing the viability of the industry because we are on a mission to nurture and incubate it.

The MCI Media Hub is a collaborative space that supports disruptive innovators with an enabling environment to accelerate ideas and solutions for journalism and media viability in Uganda and East Africa.

Our Mission

Enable innovation and entrepreneurship to drive impactful journalism and media viability

Our Vision

A community of media innovators transforming the industry for a better world

Hub Model

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Media Incubator Space

In addition to their parent media houses, we provide a collaborative working space for journalists passionate about incubating media innovations. The MCI Hub is what you are looking for if you need a nurturing think tank to ideate and create.

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Shared Production Studio

Our state-of-the-art media production studios solve the biggest challenge facing media innovators: lack of equipment. Hub members have access to our extensive equipment and studio space to produce progressive journalistic content.

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Shared Newsroom

Ours is not a traditional newsroom but an unconventional social newsroom where news innovators collaborate and support each other in new models of storytelling.

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Media Innovators Ecosystem

It is not just a hub! We are building a community of media innovators who are intentional about creating solutions to the challenges facing journalism in order to make the world a better place.

Hub Model

Strength of the MCI Media Hub

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Everything we do has CO-MMUNITY in it. We are driven by the desire to build a community of journalists and storytellers who champion collaborative, entrepreneurial and solutions journalism.

Objectives

Accelerate and incubate disruptive media viability ideas and projects

Support mainstream and community media to achieve sustainability

Build the next generation of journalists through practical journalism education

Provide professional equipment and production services to organizations for quality productions

Partner With Us

Individual

If you are an experienced media innovator, mentor or coach looking to share your skills and expertise, reach out to plan a training or master class for the Hub community

Media Regulators

We engage regulators on their role in determining the future of the media industry in Uganda as well as policymakers on frameworks to sustain the industry.

Organisations

Small and medium media houses: We support small media to develop and adopt media viability models and principles.

Funders

Keeping journalism alive requires investments in media independence and sustainability. Join our growing community of national and international funders to support our media innovators and programs.

Universities

Heads of Media and Journalism Faculties at Higher Institutions of Learning, you are welcome to use our state-of-the-art media facility to train your students as we design the future of journalism education together. We will engage journalism university faculties, the public and private sector on research partnerships and advocacy around media viability and educating for the future.

NGO & Private sectors

Our work of amplifying media innovation and building the next generation of journalists is highly facilitated by donor funding. We are thinking critically about sustainability. You can support our social enterprise by hosting your events at the MCI Hub and hiring our production department to tell your stories.

Partner With Us

Individual

If you are an experienced media innovator, mentor or coach looking to share your skills and expertise, reach out to plan a training or master class for the Hub community

Media Regulators

We engage regulators on their role in determining the future of the media industry in Uganda as well as policymakers on frameworks to sustain the industry.

Organisations

Small and medium media houses: We support small media to develop and adopt media viability models and principles.

Funders

Keeping journalism alive requires investments in media independence and sustainability. Join our growing community of national and international funders to support our media innovators and programs.

Universities

Heads of Media and Journalism Faculties at Higher Institutions of Learning, you are welcome to use our state-of-the-art media facility to train your students as we design the future of journalism education together. We will engage journalism university faculties, the public and private sector on research partnerships and advocacy around media viability and educating for the future.

NGO & Private sectors

Our work of amplifying media innovation and building the next generation of journalists is highly facilitated by donor funding. We are thinking critically about sustainability. You can support our social enterprise by hosting your events at the MCI Hub and hiring our production department to tell your stories.

MCI Milestones

2011

First Inter-University Media Challenge university student journalism competition

2015

First Media Challenge Awards

2016

Opening of the Media Challenge Academy:

two-month practical courses in TV and radio journalism
2017

Launch of the Inter-University Media Challenge trainings in mobile journalism and youth participatory radio, and the first Mobile Newsroom program with traveling live news anchoring and reporting auditions at 15 universities

2017

First Media Challenge Expo 3-day media festival:

Conference, career fair and live news reporting competition focused on Women in Media
2018

First Media Challenge Fellowship Program:

Graduated 26 top journalism students in a 6-month intensive multimedia training program
2018

First Media Challenge Mentorship Program:

structured 9-month mentorship program matching journalism students with top journalists in the Uganda media industry
2019

Annual program focused on Reframing Refugee Stories;

first reporting trip where 23 fellows produced solutions journalism multimedia feature stories on refugee innovations in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Yumbe
2019

Launch of the East Africa Media Viability Project

2020

Annual program focused on Reporting on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Mitigation

2020

Launch of the Debunk youth fact-checking show

2021

Opening of the MCI Hub community and coworking space for young journalists and media entrepreneurs

2011

First Inter-University Media Challenge university student journalism competition

2015

First Media Challenge Awards

2016

Opening of the Media Challenge Academy:

two-month practical courses in TV and radio journalism
2017

Launch of the Inter-University Media Challenge trainings in mobile journalism and youth participatory radio, and the first Mobile Newsroom program with traveling live news anchoring and reporting auditions at 15 universities

2017

First Media Challenge Expo 3-day media festival:

Conference, career fair and live news reporting competition focused on Women in Media
2018

First Media Challenge Fellowship Program:

Graduated 26 top journalism students in a 6-month intensive multimedia training program
2018

First Media Challenge Mentorship Program:

structured 9-month mentorship program matching journalism students with top journalists in the Uganda media industry
2019

Annual program focused on Reframing Refugee Stories;

first reporting trip where 23 fellows produced solutions journalism multimedia feature stories on refugee innovations in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Yumbe
2019

Launch of the East Africa Media Viability Project

2020

Annual program focused on Reporting on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Mitigation

2020

Launch of the Debunk youth fact-checking show

2021

Opening of the MCI Hub community and coworking space for young journalists and media entrepreneurs