Who are we?
The Uganda Science Journalists Association (USJA) is a national umbrella non-profit organization of journalists, communication officers, scientists and researchers committed to the growth and development of science journalism and science communication in Uganda. It was founded in 2005 and incorporated on 14th April, 2008, as a Company Limited by Guarantee. Headquartered in Kampala, the USJA works through regional science journalists’ networks in northern Uganda (NUSJOURN), western Uganda (WESJOURN) and eastern Uganda (EUSJOURN) to promote science journalism and science communication across the country. The USJA is a member of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ), an international non-profit organization that promotes the role of science journalists as key players in civil society and democracy.
The vision of USJA is a Ugandan community that is conscious of science and is able to benefit from and transfer scientific knowledge to other communities and generations.
USJA’s mission is to promote science journalism in Uganda.
- To enhance the quality of reporting on Science and Technology (S&T) by providing journalists and scientists with training opportunities in science journalism and science communication;
- To provide a forum through which scientists and journalists can discuss the development of science and technology in Uganda;
- To provide a professional link for journalists and scientists;
- To carry out programmes and projects that makes science popular in Uganda.
- To conduct research and disseminate quality science and technology information though different channels and fora.
- To create partnerships between USJA and other organizations at national, regional and international level.
- To monitor and evaluate the coverage of science and technology by the media in Uganda.
- To recognize excellence in science reporting in a bid to promote science journalism.
- To popularize community journalism in the reporting of science information.
- Professionalism (Honesty, Accuracy and Objectivity)
- Good governance, Transparency and Accountability
- Gender equity and equality