MAKERERE – The department of Journalism and Communication (DJC) of Makerere University will Thursday, April 25, host the Annual Media Convention (AMC).
The organizers of the much anticipated Convention confirmed to this website that all is set for the day-long event that focuses on knowledge exchange between journalists and communication professionals with the research institutions that generate the vast science for the public, who are largely the primary beneficiaries of the technical knowledge.
Themed – “communicating science in the social media age: Sharing technical Information from researchers with the public” the convention will be graced by Science, Technology and Innovations minister Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye.
According to organizers, it provides opportunities for participants to share and gather experiences for improving and advancing journalism and communication with a critical focus on the role traditional and social media platforms play in disseminating scientific information in society.
Dr. William Tayeebwa the head of department, in a document sent to this website noted that the annual event is aimed at providing a forum for discussing emerging issues relating to media in Uganda and beyond.
“It is on this background that the AMC this academic year is paying attention to how technical information from research institutions is reported to the general public, the challenges faced and how such information is discussed in society, in an attempt to improve science communication in Uganda.
The–day-long event will bring together journalists and media practitioners, public communication experts, policy makers and government officials, academicians, civil society and development partners, as well as journalism students across the region.
This annual event will also see key note addresses, plenary discussions, an exhibition by several participants and a suitcase workshop where TV programs for children will be screened.
The Cranimer Mugerwa Award will be given to the best students in academics while the Tebere Mudini Award will be given to the best overall student in photojournalism.
The department has held the AMC since 1998.