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Female journalists looking to multimedia journalism to survive job losses

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Ms Ajok is among the less than five multimedia journalists in Gulu. FEMJOF-Uganda plans to train more field female journalists to embrace multimedia journalism and explore creative ways of storytelling and personal branding to sustain themselves as competent and competitive professionals.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, a significant number of field female journalists have been either laid off work or become freelancers with meagre pay that can hardly sustain their livelihoods.

The field female journalists operating in Omoro, Amuru and Nwoya districts of Northern Uganda say they have been left behind in skills training to compete for opportunities at both regional and national levels.

“If we could start by knowing what multimedia journalism is, that would be great. It would be suprising to you but most of us journalists do not know what it entails,” Ms Felista Auma, a journalist with Radio Pacis told FEMJOF-Uganda team.

Police engage journalists

By the end of the meeting, FEMJOF-Uganda appreciated better the circumstances under which field female journalists in Northern Uganda operate and the effects of Covid-19 on their practice.

Challenges emerged for the meeting ranging from inadequate skills in handling emotional challenges and low self-esteem, lack of skills in using some of the multimedia communication tools and equipment, inadequate techniques in identifying and writing competitive pitches and stories.

The field female journalists desire skills that can enable them tell stories that are relevant and would also contribute in changing the society using the information at hand.

Ms Juliet Oroma a field journalist with Gulu FM is concerned that whereas the numbers of female journalists in the newsrooms are few, push factors that keep them away from their career growth have not been adequately addressed.

“My emphasis is on online harassment in the newsroom which has become a new form of censorship in the media. Many people fear to open up. At the end, some women decide to become freelancers but we also deal with a lot of injustices, pain that does not go away,” Ms Oroma said.


The female journalists look forward to a day in the industry when they have equity in their work spaces and are treated fairly as their male counterparts.

They believe a collective approach by all stakeholders in the industry to give chance to this day should be encouraged and promoted.

Special interest should be placed on building the capacities of the few field female journalists in the industry to deepen their understanding, enable them access quality and relevant information to improve problem solving skills and increase their positive energy.

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Female Journalists Forum – Uganda (FEMJOF-UGANDA) is a not-for-profit Community Based Organisation run by a group of female journalists in Gulu, Northern Uganda. We train, mentor, coach and counsel female journalists to change the narratives and become tomorrow’s great journalism leaders.

The idea to have a female media organization was established in 2019 when a group of about ten female journalists based in Gulu met and realized the shrinking number of female field journalists and the need to encourage female journalism students to join the newsroom with a purpose.

This dream to have a network and support system of female journalists based in Gulu was realized in 2021 when the organization was officially registered to not only bring together female journalists but advocate for a better working environment for female journalists, TRAIN , mentor, coach and counsel those that need a hand to reach their destiny.

In this, we envisaged better representation of women and female journalists in the media through a broad based approach to storytelling hence changing the traditional narratives of what and who a female journalist is. Currently, we have more than twenty members at different media houses and our mentorship programme at journalism institutions of learning is a step towards increasing this number in the newsrooms.

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