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JOCOM@30: Flashback-Meet Uganda’s First Professor of Journalism

Prof. Goretti Nassanga, Uganda's first Professor of Journalism (Left) during the interview with article author Ms. Marion Alina (Right) shortly after the news of her promotion on 29th July 2016, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

On 29th July 2016, the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University was awash with news of the promotion of Assoc. Professor Goretti Nassanga to full Professor. This highly dedicated member of staff started off as a Lecturer and has since grown through the ranks to take up the top most coveted position in academia. Her appointment makes her the first full Professor in Journalism and Communication at Makerere University and probably the only Ugandan of her kind working in the country at the moment.  She was the first Ph.D graduate from the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University, as well as the first Head of Department.

Professor Nassanga has had a long experience of 37 years in media practice, starting off as a journalist in 1979, moved into training in 1989 and is currently a professor and researcher. Apart from lecturing and supervision of students, she has carried out research in several areas relating to the media, and participated in the drafting of the National Population Policy as well as the National ICT Policy. She has published 30 articles in local and international journals, and has been a consultant to national, regional and international projects. She is a former Chairperson of the Media Council.

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