ABOUT ANNUAL GENDER MEDIA AWARDS- UGANDA

 

Uganda Media Women’s Association, UMWA, announces one of its latest initiatives, GENDER MEDIA AWARDS IN UGANDA. The Award seeks to recognize media houses and journalists who would have demonstrated gender awareness, sensitivity and inclusiveness in their reporting or productions. In other words, the Award seeks to recognize those efforts of the media houses or journalists who would have demonstrated fairness, justice and a sense of equality between men and women.

The Award therefore seeks to make gender sensitive reporting a standard journalistic practice in the country. This will among others motivate aspiring and practicing journalists, and the media houses to advocate for, and embrace gender sensitivity in their career. It is expected that the Gender Media Award will also contribute to increasing the spaces and voices of men and women, equally; and minimize on the negative portrayal of any gender in Uganda’s media.

The Awards will be annual and open to all practicing journalists working in Uganda. Selected media houses will also be monitored for a period of time to pick the best.

But what is a Gender Sensitive Media Story / Production?

 

It is that story that treats men and women equally, sensitive to their situations, interrogates inequalities, injustices or stereotypes; and promotes positive progress. (See A gender-media-sensitive-score-card)

But Why the Gender Media Award? And now?
The efforts to recognize excellence in journalism have been few, and devoid of a gender perspective. Yet those who have demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity in their work have done it under difficult circumstances, thanks to the lack of orientation or training in the subject at the Schools of Journalism or at the media houses.

The fast and ever changing media landscape in Uganda continues to become lopsided, misrepresentative and sometimes damaging to especially one gender. Such trends should be checked, and those found to have demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity should be recognized.

The first Gender Media Awards ceremony will be held next year, May 2017. The awards for a start will analyze stories written and published within a period of six months starting September 2016 to February 2017. Productions from selected media houses will be monitored to analyze their gender awareness, sensitivity and inclusiveness. Monitoring of media houses will be done October 2016 and February 2017. The Gender Media Awards will focus on eleven (11) categories, following the criteria below.

Awards Categories

 

Individual submissions will fall under the following categories:

A Print Media

 

1.Best News Story
2.Best Feature Story
3.Best Specialized Report
4.Best Photograph
5.Best Cartoon

B: Radio

 

1.Best News Story
2.Best feature Story
3.Best Documentary

C:Television

 

1.Best News Story
2.Best Feature Story
3.Best Documentary
4.Best Visual / Images

Monitoring of media houses will fall under the following categories:

 

1.Best Television Talk show
2.Best News Bulletin
3.Best Radio Talk show
4.Best Gender Sensitive Media House (Content)
NB:Prizes will also go to the first and second runners up in each category.

What Stories can be submitted? Politics? Agriculture?

 

Gender should be communicated throughout the story. It therefore means that entries will be accepted from all thematic areas (including agriculture, politics, gas and oil, sports, science and technology, business and finance, women, etc).

Selection Process

 

There shall be two types of entries:
(a)Individual journalists shall submit their stories that must have been published or broadcast in any Uganda media outlet.
(b)The media house will be chosen to have been the most gender sensitive by a team of Gender Media Monitors.
NB: Entries / submissions should have been published in a specified period under review.

Criteria for Individual Submissions

 

An independent panel of Judges with expertise in Gender / Human rights, and Media will select winning stories based on the Gender Sensitive Media Score Card, in addition to the analytical skills of the journalist; and accuracy , among other journalistic principles.

Selection of the Best Media House

 

Through the application of the Gender Sensitive Media Score Card, the most gender sensitive media house will be determined by a team of Gender Media Monitors through two ways:
•Consistently monitoring seven newspapers on a particular day for three months.
•Monitor a popular talk show falling at the same time, on at least six television stations, and twenty radio stations.

How to Submit your Story

 

All submissions must have been published or broadcast in a Uganda Media Outlet with a substantial audience during the period under review (six months: September 2016 to February 2017) for the first Award ceremony; and 12 months for the subsequent years.

Media houses are not expected to submit any entry for competition, as it will be the Independent Media Monitors who will submit the results to the Awards Committee.

The Prizes

 

The winners will receive different prizes including cash, paid for holidays, commemorative plagues and certificates among others. Their work will be celebrated at a grand dinner to be held in May, every year.

Partnerships

 

UMWA is working with corporate organizations, government, and development partners to undertake the Activity.

 

Key Dates for the first Gender Media Award:
Entries open: 1st October, 2016
Entries close: February 2017
Processing the Stories submitted: March to April 2017
Gender Monitoring of selected Media Houses: October to February 2017
Awards Dinner: May 2017

ENTRY RULES AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

ELIGIBILITY
• There is no entry fee.
• The competition is open to all journalists, freelance or full-time, working in Uganda.
• Work submitted must be published or broadcast in a Ugandan media outlet in Uganda.
• All work submitted must have been broadcast or published between September 1st and February 28th, 2017.
• Any news article, broadcast program or series, covering a single topic or subject, is eligible.
• Local language articles and broadcasts may be entered, but must be accompanied with English translations or transcripts (for broadcast).

There are nine categories for competition:
• Journalists can only submit one article, broadcast or series in each category.
• Entry of two submissions in a category is only permitted if one of the submissions contains a shared byline or production credit.

 

FILE FORMATS FOR FORMATS FOR ENTRIES
All entries must include the date and outlet in which they were published or broadcast.

Print entries
• Print entries should be submitted as a clean, legible PDF document. The date of publication must be clearly visible.
• Photographs should be sent, as published, in PDF format or as cuttings of the original published copy.
• Cartoon entries should be sent in PDF format or as cuttings of the original copy.

Electronic entries

Radio:
• All work must be submitted in the format in which it was broadcast.
• Emailed entries must be in MP3 format (not under 128 bitrate). Physical deliveries may be made on audio CD.
• Large files should be sent using Google Drive or other large file FTP services like SendSpace and BigFiles. If you choose to send files using a third party platform, please send an email to agma@umwamamafm.co.ug
• Links to podcasts, websites or SoundCloud will not be accepted.

Television:
• All work must be submitted in the format in which it was broadcast.
• Emailed entries must be in MP4, AVI or MOV format. Physical deliveries may be made on DVD.
• Large files should be sent using Google Drive or other large file FTP services like SendSpace and BigFiles. If you choose to send files using a third party platform, please send an email to agma@umwamamafm.co.ug
• Links to websites or YouTube channels will not be accepted.

Online
• Journalists should provide offline versions of the online published work in legible PDF format. They are also required to provide working live or cached links for the articles.

PICKING BEST MEDIA HOUSE
Gender Media Monitors will pick the most gender sensitive medium after analyzing the selected Media Houses. This will be done for a period whose results will be shared with the Independent Judge Committee. This means that, no media house is expected to submit anything.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Entries may be submitted in the following ways:
• By physical delivery to Uganda Media Women’s Association, UMWA (Gender Media Awards Uganda), Plot 226 Kisaasi, Kampala.
• By email to agma@umwamamafm.co.ug

Follow these simple instructions to submit your entries:

    1. Download and fill in the form  Gender Media Awards 2016/2017 – Submission Form (click the link to save).
    2. Send the filled in form and your entries in one email to: agma@umwamamafm.co.ug
    3. Send physical copies of the submission form and your entries to Uganda Media Women’s Association, UMWA.
    4. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate submission form.

 

For further inquiries about the Gender Media Awards, write to:
info@umwamamafm.co.ug, umwa@infocom.co.ug