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RUFODE runs a media literacy training project aimed at helping public officials, members of civil society, the political class, business people, as well as high school leavers improve their skills in engaging with the media.

We believe that media literacy empowers members of the public to be active citizens who have an informed and critical understanding of the media—from media production and consumption to analysis of media messages.

The training focuses on the role and place of the media in a democratic, or democratizing, society such as Uganda and the professional context of journalism in East Africa in general. It offers a series of practical lessons on how to analyze media texts, and how to effectively present and package information for the media. This includes writing effective press releases; delivering professional media interviews; writing opinion articles; organizing media events such as press conferences and press briefings; and building a media contacts list.

Specific Training Objectives

• To provide training that helps government officials, politicians, business people, civil society activists, as well as high school leavers to appreciate the place and role of the media in a democracy.

• To provide training that equips government officials, politicians, business people, civil society activists, as well as high school leavers with the necessary skills to navigate an evolving media landscape.

• To provide training that equips government officials, politicians, business people, civil society activists, as well as high school leavers with the skills to engage more effectively with the media.

Target Groups/Beneficiaries; Government officials Politicians Civil society activists/officials Business people High school leavers

Expected Outcomes We hope to achieve the following: • A trained cadre of government officials, politicians, business people, civil society activists, and citizens that is able to engage effectively with the media. • More plurality and diversity of voices in the media. • Improved cooperation and collaboration between the media and civil society.

Our Programs

Citizen Journalism

Citizen journalism is based upon public citizens "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information." For democracy in a complex society to work well, journalism is necessary.
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Safety of Media Professionals

Promoting the safety of journalists and combating impunity for those who attack them are central elements within RUFODE’s activities. Training Journalists in physical and digital security will be one of the key programs of RUFODE.
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Advocacy

The Independent Journalist Networks are necessary for the coordination of addressing challenges met by the media professionals. RUFODE will always support the activities of these networks to strengthen freedoms of expression and independent media.
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Journalists Network

Advocating for freedom of expression and other basic human rights will remain a cornerstone of RUFODE’s mission. The Ugandan government continues to take drastic steps to crack down the rights of freedom of expression and independent media.
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Our Contact Person

Mr. Barnabas Tugumisirize
Executive Director
Rukiga Forum for Development
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Our Address

Rukiga Forum for Development (RUFODE)
Plot 10 Nyerere Road, Kabale Municipality
P.O Box 714, Kabale (Uganda)
Tel: +256-783-535-443 |+256-703-152-922
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Website: http://www.rufodeuganda.org

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Our Goals and Objectives

Rukiga Forum for Development shall work to attain the following goals & objectives.

1. To advocate for free and independent media that provides accurate information.
2. To strengthen the freedom of expression and safety of media professionals.
3. To advocate for the promotion and respect of human rights in Uganda.
4. To conduct civic education in Uganda.
5. To agitate for increased citizen participation in a democratic society in Uganda.