In order to mentor the next generation of journalists, media personality Douglas Lwanga has created the Purple Skills Klinic Foundation to bridge the gap between media students and those in the field. (Douglas Lwanga begins mentoring the next generation of journalists )
The Skills klinic foundation hosted a Media Master class on Saturday, June 18, with the theme “New challenges, new opportunities, mentoring the next generation of media personalities.”
The students had the opportunity to learn from the media industry’s crème de la crème, which included Faridah Nakibwe, a news anchor and talk show host on NTV Uganda, Dr. Innocent Nahabwe, the owner of Galaxy FM, Canary Mugume, a news anchor on NBS Television, Andrew Kyamagero, a news anchor on NBS Television, Annatalia Ozze, a show host on NBS Television and Sanyuka TV, and Josephat Segu
Ruth Namutebi, a life coach, and Frank Kizito, a financial literacy coach, also spoke at the master class.
Nakazibwe encouraged the students to strive for excellence because journalism is only rewarding if you are good at it. “Journalism is not a lucrative career, but it can be a great platform from which to make a lot of money if you do a good job,” she explained.
While Canary Mugume of NBS repeated Faridah’s words. “Unless you are skilled, there is no place for you in media houses,” he said.
Dr. Innocent Nahabwe, the owner of Galaxy FM, advised the students to always seek knowledge. “Learning never stops; keep looking for new information and, most importantly, follow your purpose every day,” he said.
While Annatalia Ozze reminded the media students of the importance of being competitive in order to secure a position in the media industry. “Whatever you choose to do, make sure you bring a skill with you.” There are no jobs available for all of you (Media Students). “I’m also not leaving the media industry,” she added.
NTV’s Andrew Kyamagero, on the other hand, emphasized the importance of students saving. “A career in journalism does not pay well. The little money you make should be saved or invested. “You must be able to manage your money,” he said.
Sseguya Josephat of Bukedde echoed the importance of skill development. “By the way, I do gossip shows.” I work as a print journalist professionally. “Be yourself without trying to imitate anyone,” he advised.
The master class, which drew students from Makerere University, Kampala International University, Ndejje University, Islamic University, UMCAT, YMCA, and Kyambogo University, was a life-challenging session from the moderator, Bryan Mckenzie, to the speakers.
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Douglas Lwanga, CEO of Skills Klinic, thanked the speakers for volunteering to speak to the media students and encouraged them to learn media skills such as video editing, graphics, and camera operations in addition to their studies.
The Purple Skills Klinic Foundation is a registered NGO based in Kamwokya that was co-founded by Ugandan media personality Douglas Lwanga and is licensed by Uganda’s NGO Bureau.
The Skills Klinic offers a solution to youth unemployment by focusing on youth skill training interventions, apprenticeship/internships, mentoring, and psychosocial support. (Douglas Lwanga begins mentoring the next generation of journalists – celebrity jazz ug)