Friday, February 25, 2011
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Monday, February 21, 2011
Media Intern Job Description
Awava is a fair trade, poverty eradication project working in Uganda and the United States. We are seeking a Media Intern to help us develop a stream of communications to our supporters. This is a part time, unpaid internship and will be open until filled.
The Media Intern will work directly with the Founding Director to develop current stories, social content, and seek out media-based opportunities. He/She will be responsible for identifying the kinds of stories that symbolize and reflect the Awava brand.
Day to day work will include social media posts and following stories that have been prioritized. These story angles will include all of the work that Awava is doing in Uganda. The Media Intern will also be responsible for the visual story telling through photography and video. They must be familiar with computer technology to upload and send all of the communications to the Founding Director often and in a timely fashion.
The Communications Assistant will be responsible for:
· Assisting in telling the Awava story.
· Discover, research and present stories, story lines, campaigns and news from Uganda which would serve to educate or fascinate our supporters.
· Discover, research and present stories, story lines, campaigns and news from the Fair Trade and other Socially Conscious international communities.
· Organize stories, photos, videos of artisans for the Awava website, blog, facebook, twitter and e-newsletter.
· Daily maintenance of various Awava social media tools.
· Occasional website updates as directed by Founding Director.
· The Media Intern will work directly for the Founding Director in Uganda, though position may be filled in the United States if need be.
· Identify stories and news that is heartwarming and compelling.
· Write stories and take or compile photos and videos that support these stories.
· Develop interactive opportunities between producers and consumers/supporters through written, computer and audio means.
· Write weekly posts for both the Awava Blog and Facebook.
· Together with the guidance of the Founding Director, develop biographies and follow up of specific members.
· Keep organization aware of major stories.
· Participate in strategic thinking about communications with the Founding Director..
· Strong writing skills including an understanding of what makes a compelling story combined with ability to write descriptively and from the heart.
· Good computer skills and familiarity with Skype, and uploading videos/photos helpful.
· Photography and video experience helpful (but we will assist with training.)
· Familiar with social media trends and blogs.
· Ability to keep confidential information confidential.
· Worked or volunteered in the communications field;
· Experience writing press releases;
· Strong written and oral communications skills;
· Experience with women's groups helpful;
· Experience with video and photography.
This is an unpaid internship and it is preferred that intern is based in Uganda, though it is not compulsory. Fund-raising opportunities are available through Awava to help fund your stay. Please email your cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Uganda took to the polls today and voted to elect a new president as well as local Members of Parliament and Women Members of Parliament.
As the only Ugandan employee of Awava, I was proud to perform my civic duty and vote. That wasn't without it's hiccups though as the first polling station I went to didn't have my name on the list and I found this out after waiting in line, in the hot February sun for a half hour. Thankfully, the polling station I was sent to next did have my name on the list and had no queue.
The reports have already started trickling in from the Electoral Commission and the results should be released on Sunday.
Here's to hoping for a peaceful process.
Monday, February 14, 2011
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Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
The local music scene in Uganda has always involved live music with the performers playing instruments as much as singing. With more Westernised influence, however, much of our music is studio produced and auto-tuned. Not that there's anything wrong with that since musical tastes are fluid but it does leave a gap that live bands like Afrigo and Percussion Discussion are adequately trying to fill.
The Magic Hornz, started by Percussion Discussion alumni Cornelius Isabirye is one such act. They play the trumpet, saxophone, trombone, bass guitar, keyboard, drums: both Ugandan and otherwise and also use vocals to produce a fresh take of Afro-jazz.
They will be holding a concert dubbed 'Beyond Borders' at Alleygators in Garden City, tonight starting at 8pm for UShs10,000 so check it out.