WHAT? As part of efforts to strengthen media oversight of the extractive sector, the African Centre for Media Excellence (Kampala), in conjunction with Revenue Watch Institute (New York), announces the availability of an award for best reporting on oil and gas for 2011.
WHY? (A) To raise the profile for good investigative, in-depth, analytical and enterprise reporting on extractives i.e. oil and gas in Uganda.
(B) To provide incentives for individual reporting on oil and gas.
WHO? This is therefore to invite Ugandan print and electronic media reporters to submit their best stories to be considered for the award. Others may submit the stories on a reporter's behalf. The stories must have been published in 2011.
WHEN? Deadline for submission of stories is 5 p.m., 21 November 2011. The awards ceremony will take place in Kampala in the second week of December 2011.
HOW? Electronic media reporters should submit their stories in a format easiest to listen to, and view, the entries. Both electronic and print media reporters may submit hard copies, soft copies, or online links of their stories. All entries should be addressed to the Programme Associate, African Centre for Media Excellence, P.O. Box 11283, Kampala; or dropped off physically at the ACME offices at Plot 124, Nanjala Road (off Ggaba Road at Soya-Bunga), Kampala. Soft copies and/or online links should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and copied to Programme Associate Grace Natabaalo at email@example.com
CRITERIA: (A) There will be 2 winners, 1 each in the electronic and print categories.
(B) A panel of 3 judges will pick the winner.
(C) The judges will be looking for entries that demonstrate the following qualities:
ii) Enterprise and investigation;
iii) Analysis and depth;
iv) Relevance and significance; and
v) Potential to promote accountability in public policy and decision-making, and in the extractive industry.
AMOUNT: Each of the 2 winners will take home $1,500, a plaque, and a certificate.