November 24, 2020

About Us

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

The Centre for Investigative Journalism in Uganda (CIJU) is a nonprofit, set up to train a new generation of Ugandan journalists in the areas of investigative, in-depth, and long-form journalism.

CIJU was established in 2019, by a group of independentUgandan journalists as a response to the worrying decline of investigative reporting in both print and electronic media.

CIJU takes a more radical approach when it comes to telling stories than other conventional media outlets that publish in public interest in Uganda. We risk where others won’t.

Our resolve is in publishing stories that need to be told without fear or favour and being innovative in developing new tools and ways for doing investigative journalism.

Objectives

To promote Investigative journalism, through skills development and mentorship thereby contributing to socio- political and economic accountability in Uganda.

To defend investigative journalists and those who work with them.

To engage and empower the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling that can call to action, improve lives and protect our nascent democracy.

To expose wrongdoing, dysfunctional system, inequality and injustice and strive to hold accountable those responsible through compelling story telling

Mission

CIJU envisions a safe and prosperous Uganda where Investigative Journalism thrives and contributes to the national development process.

Vision

To be the leading investigative newsroom and journalism training Centre in Uganda

Slogan

Journalism of Courage

Core Values

In pursuance of our work we shall uphold international accepted journalistic standards and ethics.

We shall not be biased in our reporting of stories. We shall reflect and publish stories and pictures that reflect all sides of a story without biases.

We shall ensure that our organization does not disseminate propaganda or be polarized in its reporting on political matters.

We shall give all people, subjects and authorities that our stories cast in a bad light, affecting or affected by our stories ample time and space to give their side of the story before we publish.

We will ensure zero tolerance to any form of corruption by any of its members

Finally we shall guarantee our sources anonymity and confidentiality.

Our Approach

CIJU partners with an independent national newspaper and a number of local radio stations where its reports are published and broadcasted.

The Centre acts as a lab for investigative reporting and training.

It will provide funding for journalists to do stories that they would ordinarily not do due to lack of funds.

The Team

Joseph Elunya Co-founder/ Managing Partner (Editorial& Training)

Joseph has immense experience in reporting for both local and international media having worked as an Editor of a local radio station, Bureau Chief at the Institute for War & Peace Reporting and Uganda Radio Network news agency and as correspondent for Radio Netherlands Worldwide Africa desk.

He is a 2018 US State department investigative journalism exchange fellow and 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Fellow. He is currently developing and testing a model for evaluating the impact of news.

Peter Okwalinga Co-founder/ Managing Partner (projects)

A practically astute writer with over 8 years of providing adept news stories, Public Relations assignments and occasional opinions in the print media.

Peter possesses competent media management skills having been pivotal in ensuring publications under his control are executed exceptionally with necessary information to the enrichment of the ready.

He’s worked with, Africa Renewal University.

Peter possesses competent skills in Project Management having spent a vast period of time as program’s Coordinator at Centre for Strategic Insights and International Studies (CSII), a Non for Profit Organization. He over saw completion and implementation of Strategic Community Policy and Governance Projects. He planned project sessions, Secured growth opportunities, initiated new projects and further conducted Project reviews.

He’s passionate about Research, Community and Human Rights under him a number of youths and widows have been empowered with vocational skills.

Joyce NamubiruReporter

Joyce is a graduate of journalism who formerly worked with Radio Sapientia as a news reporter. Her area of focus is in digging deeper into issues affecting women.

Isaiah Atuhura

Atuhura is an investigative reporter with the centre. He formerly worked as a freelance journalist.

Donations

By making a donation to CIJU the donor acknowledges and agrees that he or she is at least eighteen years of age and legally competent.

The donor acknowledges and agrees that CIJU retains control over the donated funds. In the event that a project is retired or fully funded CIJU will receive a check payable to Centre for Investigative Journalism Uganda without reference to a specific project or campaign, the donated funds will be allocated to CIJU’s General Fund.

CIJU accepts both monetary and intangible asset donations.

Donors are free to earmark their donations to a project of their choice.

CIJU does not charge any administrative fees for transferring funds to any project or program. However, third party fees, including, without limitation, payment gateway transaction fees, bank transfer fees, will be deducted from any donation transferred