The Managing Director of Nation Media Group Uganda (NMGU), Mr Tony Glencross has said that the stories that journalists write must be in position to create real impact in society.
Addressing NMGU staff during Daily Monitor’s 30th anniversary celebrations held in Naguru on Friday, Mr Glencross hailed the publication for taking that path, despite being confronted by both internal and external challenges.
“I would like us to remember that the paper has a significant impact on Uganda and its development, not only in bringing people to account and telling stories of corruption, governance and politics but also about the things that the ordinary citizen wants to improve about themselves, including children’s education, their personal finances, their relationships and much more,” he said, adding “These are the things that people live for day to day and we must never forget that.”
He revealed that Daily Monitor had worked through many hurdles over the years, including closures, silent battles, economic hardships, two lockdowns but the publication was still committed to creating positive change in the lives of citizens.
On the issue of the challenges facing the media industry, Mr Glencross noted whereas in the past three decades journalists and audiences were faced with challenges including scarce resources and late reporting about events, the industry has been confronted by fake news, masqueraders and staff turnover.