Media Focus on Africa Uganda trains journalists on radio drama writing

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Media Focus on Africa Uganda in partnership with Maisha Film Lab recently concluded a 16 day script writing workshop in the Rwenzori region. 10 radio journalists (5 from Kasese Guide Radio and 5 from Voice of Toro) were trained on how to write radio drama and how to communicate to the listeners.  

Three award winning radio drama writers from Maisha film lab, Matthew Chan Piu, Deborah Asiimwe and Angella Emurwon, facilitated the workshop as the writing mentors.

Media Focus Uganda project officer, Ruth Nagudi and Akampurira Dorothy, an intern from the Rwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice, a partner Civil Society Organization on this project in the region, and Fibby Kioria, the Programme Director at Maisha Film Lab, hosted the event.

The workshop which started on Tuesday 17th July 2018 was expected to last for 14 days until Monday 30th July 2018 but was extended for two days and ended on the 1st of August 2018.

The 15 participants that attended the training at the Fort Breeze Hotel had different backgrounds in media. Some of the writers had previous writing experience in content such as adverts, news, radio plays, promos and radio intros. Most of them were new reporters while others like Edward are local news correspondents for national television. Betty a blogger and a feminist with an agenda of ending child marriage and Gender Based Violence. Bosco Muhirwe hosts political talk shows on Voice of Toro FM. Dorothy a fourth year student of Journalism and Mass communication at Makerere University, with a major interest in playwriting. Steven Mugabo an actor, writer and dancer. He writes plays for Voice of Toro.

27 stories were pitched, writers were further asked to agree on 5 big stories that are relevant to the Rwenzori region and can drive the drama series forward. The stories that were pitched were voted by the writers, selecting the best ones to pursue.  The workshop was a success considering that 13 episodes were created within 17 days despite the pressure.

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