CIME Fellowship for Ethics Leadership 2013
Fellows selected for the 2013 Fellowship
Akiiso Joseph (Uganda) has more than nine years of journalism experience and currently works with Vision Group, the leading multimedia organization in Uganda, as Radio Station Manager and a team leader of Vision Group’s Soroti-Eastern Uganda Bureau. Prior to Vision Group, Joseph worked as a station manager, programme manager, programme producer, news editor and presenter with other media houses. This gave Joseph varied experiences in both urban and community media practices. Joseph has enjoyed working with community radio programming to foster change and is interested in using media to foster community engagement and debate in issues like agriculture and farming, small and mid-sized enterprises, education, democracy, health, peace and conflict resolution and management, and climate change. He has also worked as a communications volunteer with the youth organization Conflict Resolution by the Youth Uganda.
Research paper: Poverty and media performance in Uganda - Linking media performance to pay rates in the Uganda media industry (to be published soon)
Ms Veengas (Pakistan) earned a master’s degree in history from Quaid e Azam University – Islamabad. She has been working as a journalist since 2000. She writes articles on social, political, psychological, philosophical, gender and developmental issues for various research projects. Veengas has interviewed top political personalities, covering sensitive social issues in journalism. Currently, she works for Daily Ibrat, the largest newspaper of the Sindh Province, as Sub-Editor. She also works as a freelance columnist for the English newspaper The Frontier Post and as an honorary assistant editor for the monthly English magazine Bolan Voice. She has been a fellow of the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism program and delivered lectures for several social development organizations. She regularly appears on various TV shows to participate in political discussions.
Peter Wokgam Kundum (Nigeria) is a practicing broadcast journalist with the leading radio brands in Nigeria 96.9 Cool FM, 99.5 Wazobia FM and 95.1 Nigeria Info Abuja. He works as an on-air personality, production expert and newscaster. He is also a filmmaker with particular interest in music videos that have societal relevance. A bachelor’s degree in drama has helped Kundum see journalism from different dimensions. In addition, his extensive radio production training from the BBC World Service Trust, currently known as BBC Media Action, has helped Kundum practice journalism with ease, but without losing his focus. Throughout the course of his career, Kundum has had the advantage of interviewing and working with some of the biggest names in Nigeria’s political structure, including the spokesman to the president and the Nigeria Police Force.
Research paper: Rising Cases of Corruption In Nigeria’s Journalism Practice (to be published soon)
Dr. Radheshyam Jadhav (India) is a senior journalist and development communication researcher and scholar from India. Since starting his journalistic career in 1998, Dr. Jadhav has written extensively on socio-economic and political developments. He holds a Ph.D. in journalism and communication science, and his research in development communication focuses on models and paradigms for the empowerment and emancipation of deprived communities in South Asia. Winner of several national and international scholarships and awards, Dr. Jadhav was a British Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. He is also a visiting faculty and resource person in development communication at various Indian universities and has presented research papers at national and international conferences. He has written two books on media ethics and journalism basics for Indian Knowledge Corporation and has published papers in various peer-reviewed journals.
Sadaf Baig (Pakistan) has been associated with journalism for the last 10 years. She has spent the better part of her journalistic career in the newsrooms of various TV channels, working on almost every rung of the production ladder. Starting at the tickers desk and leaving as a senior producer, she has had the chance to produce news packages, bulletins, daily/weekly shows and documentaries. Sadaf is currently associated with Intermedia Pakistan as its Director of Research and Communications. She is involved in various research and monitoring projects related to journalism and the state of media, and is also involved in a key effort to promote journalist safety in Pakistan. Her research publications are available at www.intermedia.pk. Sadaf is also in charge of Pakistan’s first website dedicated to journalist safety issues www.journalistsafety.org.
Simon Mkina (Tanzania) is an award-winning journalist, media critic/trainer, author and pioneer of serious blogging in Tanzania. He has won various awards in local and international journalism in the various capacities of health, agriculture, tourism, journalism ethics, investigative coverage and Internet media. Mkina, who likes keeping a low profile, has 21 years of experience as a journalist, editor, media owner, publisher and columnist. He currently works with Daraja, the local NGO that publishes local newspapers in Njombe, a remote area in Tanzania. He is the founder and executive chairman of Tanzania Journalists Alliance, and a member of Global Editors and other national and international journalists’ bodies. He holds a master’s degree in public communications management, a diploma in project management and a graduate certificate in international journalism.
Research paper: Media in Times of Crisis in Tanzania (to be published soon)
Srun Mengkiang (Cambodia) worked as a TV translator for two years, and as a magazine editorial assistant for one year, before moving on to work for Sabay Web, a leading online news site in Cambodia, in 2010. At Sabay, he served as Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief, after which he was promoted to Media Supervisor in late 2010 and Deputy Editor-in-Chief in late 2011. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Asia Euro University, and is currently working on attaining his master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambodia. He has completed media-related training with media institutions both in Cambodia and internationally.
Research paper: The impact of modern technology and internet on journalism ethics in Cambodia (pdf)
Umar Jibrilu Gwandu (Nigeria) earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria. He teaches mass communications at Bayero University Kano’s Institute for Continuing Education. A recipient of the Wada Waziri Prize for the Best Graduating Students of Journalism of Bayero University Kano, Gwandu also won Media Trust’s Automatic Employment for the Best Graduating Mass Communications Students of Universities in Nigeria. He served as a state correspondent of one of the leading national private newspapers in Nigeria, Daily Trust. He participated in the 2011 Nigerian election reporting training workshops of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Institute of War and Peace Reporting/International Press Centre with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He secured the Africa Scholarship Scheme of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and is pursuing a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications.
Research paper: Nigerian Newspaper Journalism and Ethical Enigma of Accuracy in News Reports (to be published soon)