MEDIA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENT TOURISM REPORTING

In collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, and Industry (MTTI), the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), the Uganda Tourism Association (UTA), the Media and Tourism Training Institutions, the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO), the Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA), the USAID-STAR Program organizes a media competition and Awards Ceremony annually. The event is held to recognize journalists and media houses that provide excellent coverage of tourism and wildlife/nature conservation related issues. The first of its kind was held in September 2010 and this year on September 16, 2011.

A “Media Awards Program” was among several collaborative actions that were proposed and agreed upon by stakeholders from various organizations at the USAID-STAR Program’s collaborative planning retreat, held in October 2009.  The stakeholder groups represented at that retreat included the media, the national government, local government, conservation agencies, tour operators and hospitality companies, international friends, training institutions, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations and the private sector.  The media representatives present proposed that an annual media awards program be established to recognize journalists and media houses that cover tourism and conservation related issues with the highest standards.

The awards are categorized into print, radio and television broadcast. There is also a category of Honorable Mention for regional reporters from the Albertine Rift.  Media houses that provide more time and/or space for sustainable tourism issues will also be recognized and honored.  For each of the categories, there will be one prime winner and two runners-up. Each prime winner will be awarded 1,000,000 UGX plus other prizes, the two runners-up 500,000 UGX each plus other prizes. The Honorable Mention reporters will also walk away with 500,000 UGX and other prizes.

Our aim is for journalists and editors to provide more space and time to tourism and conservation related issues in a national effort to stimulate economic growth while conserving nature and improving livelihoods, we would like to request your in-kind support for the effort.

The sustainability of Uganda’s tourism sector and the livelihoods of many depend on what we do now, together.

Criteria

MEDIA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENT TOURISM REPORTING

A Committee/Panel of Judges, with representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, and Industry (MTTI), the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) the Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA), the Uganda Tourism Association (UTA), the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) the Media/Tourism Training Institutions and the STAR Program has established the following criteria for the media competition and Awards Ceremony (planned for September 26, 2010, on the eve of World Tourism Day) to recognize journalists who provide excellent coverage of tourism and conservation related issues.

For each category, there will be one prime winner and two runners-up. Each first place winner will be awarded 1,000,000 UGX plus other prizes, the two runners-up 500,000 UGX each plus other prizes. Honorable Mention reporters will each walk away with 500,000 UGX and other prizes.
Judging Criteria

  • Award categories: print, radio broadcast, television broadcast, and Honorable Mention.
  • Media houses that provide more time and/or space will also be recognized and honored.
  • Awards for all categories will be based on creativity (feature/ documentary), accuracy/ information quality, depth of research, reach (viewership/readership/listenership), educational value, frequency, and newsworthy.
  • Publications dating from August 28, 2009 to August 28, 2010 will qualify for this competition but ONLY submitted publications shall be considered.
  • Print articles, can be sent via email to: HR-STAR@solimarinternational.com.
  • Radio and Video submissions can be dropped at STAR Program offices on Plot 7A, Lugogo Bypass (electronic submissions only please – must be on DVD/VCD).

For more information, please contact Abiaz on 0782246715 ( abiaz@STAR-Uganda.org), Irene on 0782067735 ( Irene@STAR-Uganda.org), or Beatrice on 0772861656 ( beatrice@STAR-Uganda.org)

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