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Taking Makerere research to communities using famous VJs – Wan Luo TV

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.

Following the first airing for Western Uganda audiences on TV West on Saturday 13th March, 2021, the focus shifts to Northern Uganda this Saturday 1st May, 2021.

“I am happy to share that the 22-minute documentary titled: THE SCIENCE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY – PART 1: POLLUTION, will air between 8:30 pm and 9:00 pm on Wan Luo TV Station in Acholi” explained the Project Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Brian Semujju.

In addition to TV stations, the campaign will extend to makeshift video halls, local video libraries, a YouTube channel, and social network sites.

Wan Luo TV Station may be accessed on:

  • StarSat Channel 547 (countrywide)
  • Startimes Antenna Channel 239 (Kampala)
  • Startimes Antenna Channel 232 (Gulu)
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