Uganda Christian University (UCU) journalism Professor, Monica Balya Chibita has been appointed to United Kingdom based Journalism Studies Editorial Board.
According to Glim, Professor Monica Chibita is the only new black female appointee.
Professor Chibita joins a list of 14 other new members appointed to the editorial board, based at universities in all corners of the globe and have expertise in the field of Journalism.
Her appointment, now brings the total number of females on the Board to 38—matching with male counterparts.
The UK-based Editorial Board and contributors reflects the global academic community and the journal is devoted to the analysis, scrutiny and development of all aspects of journalism education and studies.
Journalism Studies explores the widest possible range of media within which journalism is conducted; radio, newspapers, magazines, television, multimedia and new technologies.
Professor Chibita joined Uganda Christian University in 2012 from Makerere University’s Department of Journalism, Communication at the rank of Associate Professor.
She was appointed Head of Department of Mass Communications at UCU.
Over the next six years, she nurtured the department into the Faculty of Journalism, Media and Communication (FJMC).
In the process of growing the department into a faculty, the following changes were effected: (a) re-naming the department of Mass Communication into the department of Journalism and Media Studies
(b) creating a new department of Communication
(c) hiring of new staff, including five new PhD faculty.
As of March 2019, the faculty offered;
(i) a Bachelor of Journalism and Communication degree (ii) a Master Arts in Journalism and Media Studies degree
(iii) a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication.
In May 2019, UCU promoted Dr. Monica Balya Chibita to the rank of full professor, in recognition of her body of work
Among her many titles and responsibilities, Prof Chibita is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the New Vision Printing and Publishing Company, the publisher of the New Vision.
In December 2015, she was elected to the Board of World Vision International, representing Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia, Burundi, Sudan and South Sudan.