The 2018 WASH MEDIA AWARD was captivating and lovely. Held on Friday evening at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, this was the third award since its inception.
The annual event recognizes and reward excellence in reporting water, sanitation and hygiene issues in Uganda.
It also promotes investigative journalism and accuracy as well as creativity and innovation in presenting information about water, sanitation and hygiene.
Lastly, as per this year’s plan, it was to foster and promote Public-Private-Partnership and collaboration in developing sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene service delivery.
Fourteen journalists in different categories were nominated, with first runner-up and winners receiving cash prizes and awards.
TND News Uganda’s Frank Oyugi, Immaculate Amony [Radio Wa] and TND News Uganda were nominated for best investigative radio feature and radio news feature respectively.
Frank is also the Editor in Chief and hosts a popular Saturday program, Cross Fire on 94.3 Radio QFM in Lira town.
On receiving the award, he said: “We are happy to bring back home this award. It’s a representation of Lango media.
Also, Andrew Cohen Amvesi of West Nile Web in Arua emerged the first runner-up under online media category. The winner was Adama Joseph who works with the same online media.
Javier Silas Omagor of Step FM and Step TV in Mbale town was the overall winner under category radio investigative feature. He was also the first runner-up under category radio news feature whose winner was Amony Immaculate.
The entire audience was amazed when teenager Lynette Nalule, 11, a P6 pupil at Modern Junior school in Kampala was announced overall winner under category TV – feature/hard news/investigative, beating two other senior reporters.
Lynette and her producer, Nakibuye Edith, spoke to TND News Uganda after the victory. [Read what they had to say in our subsequent publication today].
The overall winners and first runner-ups in each category took home a cash prize of shillings 1,700,000 million and shillings 700,000 respectively.