Uganda Radio Network offers both physical and online mentoring interface on demand from partner radio stations around the country.
These mentoring visits specifically serve to address the following:
• Increase awareness among media owners and managers about the link between quality and standard practices to credibility and sustainability of media institutions.
• Improve abilities among journalists to report accurately and professionally on thematic issues of interest to the public agenda.
• Strengthen radio stations editorial policies, professional and ethical conduct and improved ability by editors to make balanced judgments on media products to the public.
• Expand and improve ability of reporters, programmers and producers to generate meaningful content relevant to their respective audiences.
Some of these mentoring initiatives have benefited from internationally acclaimed media professionals. In 2014, the Irish Aid through the Embassy of Ireland in Kampala extended support to URN to facilitate mentoring visits with Irish consultant Rodney Rice.
This engagement focused on Executive and middle management as agents for development of the media sector. The visit lasting one month, enabled URN to conduct seminars for a total of thirty radio stations in Kampala, Mbale, Hoima, Gulu, Arua, Mbarara, Jinja, Masaka and Fort Portal.
List of Radio stations by town:
Kampala: Capital FM; Touch FM; Power FM; CBS; Mama FM; Namirembe FM; Ssuubi FM; Prime Radio.
Jinja: Kira FM; Basoga Baino FM;
Mbale: Open Gate FM; Step FM; Signal FM; Elgon FM.
Hoima: Spice FM; Liberty Broadcasting Services; Hoima Radio.
Gulu: Speak FM; Mega FM; Choice FM; Gulu FM; ABS.
Arua: Radio Pacis
Masaka: Radio Buddu; Buladde FM.
Mbarara: Endigyito FM; Vision FM; Crooze FM.
Fort Portal: Jubilee Radio; Voice of Tooro.
URN continues to conduct mentoring activities and various in-house trainings based on the different specific needs of partner radio stations.