David Astor Journalism Awards Trust

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"The general idea of creating a new professional development programme for African journalists was conceived in early 2005. A new Trust named in honour of the late British newspaper editor and philanthropist David Astor would be set up to run it, reflecting his journalistic principles, his interest in promoting new talent, and his lifelong commitment to social justice causes... It would focus on print journalists only, since print is considered the medium of greatest agenda-setting, opinion-forming and policymaking influence. It is also the medium in which David Astor worked. Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda were chosen as the starting countries primarily because they have well established, vibrant media infrastructures, with a number of independent English-language newspapers, as well as regional media, political and economic ties. The David Astor Journalism Awards Trust was formed in mid-2005 and registered as a UK charity in February 2006. " [1]


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  • William Carmichael - Former Head of the Africa Program, Ford Foundation, New York
  • Sir Edward Clay - Former British High Commissioner in Kenya & Uganda
  • Richard Dowden - Director, Royal African Society, London
  • Paula Fray - Media Trainer & Former Editor, Johannesburg
  • Anton Harber - Caxton Professor of Journalism & Media Studies, Witswatersand University, Johannesburg
  • Michael Holman - Former Africa Editor, The Financial Times, London
  • Rose Mary Kemigisha - Senior Human Rights Officer/Editor, Uganda Human Rights Commission, Kampala
  • Nick Kotch - Africa & Diplomatic Editor; BusinessDay, Johannesburg
  • Hugh Lewin - Media Trainer & Author, Johannesburg
  • Kwamchetsi Makokha - Consultant, Lecturer & Former Editor, Nairobi
  • Usia Nkhoma-Ledama - National Information Officer, United Nations Information Centre, Dar es Salaam
  • Patrick Orr - Executive Chairman, Raitt Orr & Associates, London
  • Michael Wakabi - President, Eastern Africa Media Institute - Uganda Chapter, Kampala
  • Michela Wrong - Journalist & Author, London


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  1. David Astor Journalism Awards Trust About, organizational web page, accessed January 11, 2013.
  2. David Astor Journalism Awards Trust Trustees, organizational web page, accessed January 11, 2013.
  3. David Astor Journalism Awards Trust Trustees, organizational web page, accessed January 11, 2013.