The College of Humanities and Social Sciences through the Department of Journalism and Communication on 12th October 2023 hosted the Annual Media Convention at Makerere University Yusuf Lule Auditorium. It was convened by Dr. Charlotte Ntulume.
The function was presided over by Her Royal Highness Sylvia Nagginda Nnaabagereka represented by the Trustee, Board of the Nabagereka Foundation Miss. Judy Kamanyi under the theme," Bringing Culture Back in: Media, Communication and Youth Engagement in the Digital Age". The Head of Corporation, Norwegian Embassy and the Vice Chancellor Makerere university also graced the occassion.
The key note address was delivered by Associate professor from the University of Johannesburg who runs the School of Communication, and also head of Department of Strategic Communications at the University of Johannesburg and, one of the pioneers of the Department of Mass communication at Makerere, Prof. Elizabeth Lubinga Nviri .
The function was also punctuated by three panels. The first panel on , “Media , Entertainment and Culture: Looking back into the Future”, moderated by Dr. Evelyn Cindy Magara comprised leading practitioners in the music, art and film industry including Dr. Charles Mulekwa, Mr. Andrew Benon Kibuuka, Ms. Joanita Kawalya Muganga and Mr. Abbey Mukiibi.
The second panel on, “Young People and culture in the digital age” moderated by Hannah Arinaitwe consisted of students including Sylivia Nankya, Najibu Nsubuga, Reagan Kiyimba, Andrew Sebunya and Cynthia Ashaba.
The third panel on, “ Media and Civic engagement” moderated by Charles Odongtho brought together leading media practitioners including Dr. Jimmy Spire, Ms. Lydia Mirembe Jadwong, Ms. Halima Authman, Ms. Carol Alyek Beyanga and Ms. Agatha Atuhaire.
The event was crowned by the students Excellence Awards presented by representatives of the Newvision, Daily Monitor and the Public Relations Association of Uganda. Three students scooped plaques, some with cash and internship opportunities.
The event was supported by the Uganda Tourism Board, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, the Daily Monitor, the New Vision, and the Public Relations Association of Uganda.