Journalists practicing in Uganda in print, broadcast and online media, are set to hold the first ever grand dinner aimed at networking and brainstorming on the successes and lows of the fraternity in 2018. thanks
Themed ‘Walking the Tight Rope and Taking Stock To Reinvent’, the historic dinner will be held at Piato Restaurant in Kampala on Thursday December 20.
According to one of the organizers, Maxensia Nanjula, the event will be used by scribes to know each other and unite for the cause, and devise means of confronting numerous challenges the media is currently faced with.
“We needn’t act as if everybody is on his own, journalists must unite during such events, network and find tangible solutions to their professional challenges,” she noted.
She said the event will be held towards the end of every year, to review and assess media progress in the country.
Abubaker Lubowa, a senior photographer with Daily Monitor and former UJA Presidential contestant who is also one of the organizers told this website that this is an avenue for bringing media actors together and called upon journalists to attend.
“We thought of something that can unite us as journalists and a dinner was considered,” Abubaker said.
“We shall use it to network and reconnect, as well as getting information from colleagues on the existing employment opportunities,” he added.
According to the organizers, tickets for the dinner will cost Shs 50,000 and Shs 400,000 for individuals and a table of 7 people respectively.
The night will also feature talks from practitioners who have made a mark in the media, with an aim of inspiring other journalists.
Several people including media owners, editors, reporters, seasoned and veteran journalists, online scribes and both practicing and retired professionals are expected to grace the event.
This has come at a time when several journalists have in 2018 been manhandled and harshly treated by different security agencies during the course of their duty.
The most affected individuals are James Akena, Herbert Zziwa, Twaha Mukiibi, Mujunga Joshua among others. Some of them were beaten and their gadgets destroyed.