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Makerere journalism lecturer takes research to communities using famous VJs

The Department of Journalism and Communication Documentary Film Crew shoots one of the scenes in a rural location in Central Uganda (PHOTO/Courtesy).

The Department of Journalism and Communication, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) with funding from the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (MakRIF) embarked on a project titled: Using Video Jockeys (VJs) To Promote Public Engagement and Awareness of Makerere University Science.

The project aims at creating public awareness of Makerere University’s research under the theme “Communicating Science”.

The project that proposes to shine a spotlight on some of the innovations from various colleges at Makerere University has initially created video documentaries about select innovations.

Using famous VJs from at least five languages (Acholi, Ateso, Luganda, Lugbara and Runyankore), the team has interpreted the documentaries to help disseminate research findings to members of communities in these linguistic categories.

According to the Project Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Brian Semujju, the documentaries are set to start airing on various regional TV stations commencing this weekend.

“I am happy to inform you that for Western Uganda, the documentary will air on TV West on Saturday 13th March, 2021. The 22-minute documentary titled: THE SCIENCE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY – PART 1: POLLUTION, will air between 7 pm and 7:30 pm” he explained.

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