Welcome to the online application Media Challenge Fellowship Program.Media Challenge Initiative invites applications for the Media Challenge Fellowship Program. The fellowship is intended to provide time and resources to the top applicants to engage in high intense practical meant to turn them into a multifaceted one-man-woman-army journalist.
About the Media Challenge Fellowship Program
The Media Challenge Fellowship Program is an aggressive multimedia journalism training program awarded to the best journalism students from the Inter-University Media Challenge, a practical reporting competition in 12 universities in Uganda. The fellowship program is part of the Media Challenge Initiative’s strategic vision of building the next generation of journalists who are not only multi skilled but also critical participants as change agents in changing their communities and the negative African narrative. We aim to combat high rates of youth unemployment while empowering young journalists to improve the quality and impact of the media, seeking to enhance democratic processes through encouraging critical and investigative reports that hold government and institutions accountable.
The fellowship program is based on four pillars:
The concept of building a “one woman/man – army journalist”: a journalist with multifaceted skills and knowledge;
Solutions journalism: reporting on solutions shown to be effective at addressing societal problems;
Development journalism and journalism for social change: reporting on specific topics and in such a way that advances positive and equitable development within society;
Leadership in journalism: nurturing fellows not only as skilled journalists but also as leaders in their communities and field of choice.
MCI Fellowship Structure
25 days of practical multimedia journalism training including foundations and
Multimedia Skills, Participatory youth radio training, Beats reporting, career guidance, media entrepreneurship, data journalism and digital Skills
The Media Mentorship Program
Within the Media Mentorship Program, each fellow is connected to a professional mentor in the media industry for ongoing guidance on a yearlong program. The mentorship program will include;
One-to-one pairing with a media mentor in mentee’s field of choice
Community of experts the mentees can reach out to with specific questions
Mentor-Mentee Orientation workshop
Networking events with exhibition of student work
MCI Fellowship Commitments
Please review the commitments below. Are you available and committed to fulfill all of the fellowship requirements and time schedule of trainings? Please be aware that if you are not able to attend any of the fellowship dates, you will not qualify for the fellowship.
February (reporting for the programme)
One week in March (Wednesday-Sunday)
One week in April (Wednesday-Sunday)
Weekend in early May
One week in May/June (Wednesday-Sunday
One week in June/July –Out of Kampala Reporting trip (Wednesday-Sunday)
Field visits to media houses (throughout – optional depending on fellow availability)
Graduation in late July
Reporting up to three multimedia stories on your own time
Active participation in the mentorship program with all its requirements
Eligibility to apply
The Media Challenge Fellowship Program is open to only Ugandan Journalism and Communication Students.
Completed Application Form
Sample of your work like articles, video/radio clips, photography and blogs
A reference letter from any of your next of Kin
All applicants work for a max of 50 points. Category award winners ( see IMC competition winners) start the application with a 10 point advantage, 1st Runner-up with 8 points, 2nd Runner-up with 6 points, 3rd Runner-up with 4points in their account.
Participation in the IMC competition as listed above
Passion and Commitment level 10 points
Creativity, Motivation and Skills: 10 points
Diversity and Team work: 10 points
Story Project Idea 10 Points
Applications Open: Wednesday 20th January 2021, 9:00am Uganda time
Applications Close: Friday 12th February 2021, 5:00pm Uganda Time
The Media Challenge Initiative (MCI) on Wednesday November 25, 2020 concluded auditioning students from
different Journalism Institutions in Uganda, for the Ninth Edition of Inter-Institutional Media Challenge (IMC), under the theme; “Keeping Journalism Alive in Times of Uncertainty”.
The IMC is an annual event which brings together students of journalism and those interested in the profession to compete, and showcase talent in news gathering, production and presentation. Winners from the competition are recognized in a glamorous awards event attended by the industry top brass in Uganda.
Exceptional performers are later selected to partake the MCI Fellowship program, in which they are taken through rigorous training in Mobile Journalism, Data Journalism, and Solutions Journalism among other professional aspects, to nurture them fully skilled “one woman/man army” journalists.
Auditions drew participants from Nkumba University, Makerere University, Cavendish University Uganda, Uganda Christian University, Kampala University, Kampala International University, UMCAT School of Journalism, Makerere Business Institute, among others.
Unlike the previous events, the Ninth IMC Edition was held through a unique structuring, in observation of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to eliminate the usual mass gathering as dictated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Participants applied for auditioning using through the an Online system. The over 100 participants from different institutions received training in Mobile Journalism, Solutions Journalism and Data Journalism through the MCI Online Platform, https://mcialumni.com. After the training, they were given assignments to produce stories which would be showcased at the event before a panel of judges.
A day at the auditions centre, Xanadu Collections in Kampala commenced with breakaway sessions, where participants’ are assigned to category sessions of their stories; including Participatory Radio, Television Features and Essay writing. In these sessions, there pieces are reviewed by judges and fellow participants and constructive criticism offered for future improvement of the contestant. Through this, they were able to construe their own errors and omissions and how.
This is followed by another afternoon news anchoring contest in both Luganda and English where participants are showcase skill in news anchoring before a panel of judges.
Commenting on the auditions, Miriam Ohlsen, DW Akademie’s Africa Programs Director-Uganda – a top partner in MCI’s #NextGenerationJournalist said the IMC 2020 presented a huge opportunity to participants to make progress in their career growth and development despite the havoc caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, which led to the closure of most universities.
“The Media Challenge Initiative will model you into a holistically well-equipped one man or woman army journalist,” Ohlsen told participants, adding that the auditions present “a huge chance to move forward from the auditions and join the fellowship program at one point.”
The Media Challenge Initiative( MCI) on Sunday February 16, 2020 concluded the first week of the 3rd edition of the annual Media Challenge Fellowship, an aggressive multimedia journalism training program awarded to the 26 best-performing students from 12 Universities who took part in the Inter-University Media Challenge (IUMC).
The fellowship program — conducted in partnership with Konrad Adenuer Stiftung Uganda and South Sudan, DW Akademie, The German Cooperation, United States Mission in Uganda and the European Union — is part of MCI’s strategic vision of building the next generation of journalists (#NextGenJournalist).
Like the previous two (2) classes, the 2020 fellows are expected to go through a five-week rigorous training and mentorship, facilitated by both local and international captains of the media industry. The experts will bequeath participants with skills in online, radio, television, photography, data, immersion and investigative journalism.
The initiation week, dubbed “Foundations and Multimedia Skills” commenced on February 11, 2020 and ended on February 17. The week was a cocktail of training, guest speaker presentations, field assignments and fun-filled energizer drills prepared by facilitators to help participants brace themselves for the busy and daunting media schedule while remaining stress free and mentally afloat.
Addressing participants DW Akademie -Uganda Country Director, Mirjam Gehrke applauded the practical and hand-on training program, saying it was at the heart of progressive journalism and the changing media environment.
“(As DW Akademie) we were very amazed by this concept of the Media Challenge Fellowship program … this concept and the approach of practical skills-training for new journalists with the goal of building the next generation of journalists … is a very successful and ambitious project. We are very happy to support it,” she said.
On his part, the outgoing country representative of Konrad-Adanauer Stiftung, Mathias Kamp, who topped the guest-speaker list took participants to lecture with a mind-provoking presentation titled “The Intersection Between Media, Democracy and Development.”
Kamp, an ardent supporter of the MCI’s “#NextGenJournalist programs was also treated to a surprise a gift pack which included among other things his a painted portrait as MCI’s staff bid farewell to the supportive, friendly and unassuming guru. He tipped the budding journalists about their assumed duty to society.
“An active and informed citizenry is key for the survival of any democracy. The professional media have an important role in contributing to this, especially in times of populism and disinformation. We need credible and professional journalists now more than ever,” Kamp said.
Other guest speakers included UBC Managing Director Maurice Mugisha, journalists Solomon Sserwanja and Raymond Mujuni. Local media industry captains including; NBS’s Canary Mugume, NTV’s Arnold Segawa, New Vision’s Carol Ariba, Media 256 Linda Kagechi, Daily Monitor’s Carol Beyanga and seasoned writer and activist Dismas Nkunda facilitated training sessions and prepared participants for the tasks ahead of them.
MCI’s Chief Executive Abaas Mpindi and Director of Training Antonio Kisembo led the way in bequeathing participants with subjects including solution journalism and mobile journalism.
Fellows also showcased skills in news presentations every morning in the MCI Mobile Studio on the sidelines of the fellowship. They are expect to return in March for the next seven-day session.