The African Center for Media Excellence-ACME has appealed to the private sector to support efforts geared towards the growth and development of quality Journalism in Uganda.
Dr. George Lugalambi, the ACME Executive Director says anyone including corporate entities who care about the development of the country should be interested in the development of quality and professional journalism.
Speaking at the launch of the seventh edition of the ACME Media awards, Dr. Lugalambi said that corporate bodies can support the development of professional media without compromising their ethics as journalists.
The awards are aimed at improving the quality of journalism in Uganda by recognizing outstanding professional work.
The awards play an important role in inspiring hard-working and high-performing journalists and motivating them to seek to excel in their media careers.
According to Dr. Lugalambi, they received 322 entries from 188 journalists competing in 20 categories including education, business, finance, data journalism, environment, health, local reporting, national news, politics, and sports among others.
ACME, like many other organizations, had its funding interrupted when the government suspended the operations of the Democratic Governance Facility-DGF, a major funder of ACME activities including the awards.
MTN Uganda, the main sponsor supported the awards with a contribution of Shillings 20 million and prizes worth Shillings 16 million.