BY ISAIAH TIBITA
Joshua Kisauzi, a former student of Mass Communication at Uganda Christian University (UCU) Mukono, opened up a radio station in Kyagwe Village, Mukono district.
The radio, Kyagwe FM operating the frequency 100.7 FM is purposed to among other things support the Mass Communication Department by providing a training ground for under graduate students who intend to pursue their careers in journalism by offering internship opportunities, free editing and production lessons to boost their practical capacities and also inspire them in the field of journalism.
Kisauzi told The Standard that the radio station is equipped with a team of 12 professionals including former UCU students, and is ready to offer all necessary support that may be required of them during student internship.
“My passion is to see that those students get the best out of their journalism career. I have interacted with most of them and found out that the biggest challenge most are facing is finding a media house that gives them better training lessons and practice during their internship.
So I hope by virtue of the fact that we are alumni, we can co-operate and offer support to the department of Mass Communication at all necessary levels,” he added.
Kasauzi graduated with a diploma in journalism 2000, he joined Radio Simba as a reporter but was later hired by NTV as a freelance journalist.
He was also a part-time reporter for the Daily Monitor based in Mukono, until 2009 when he decided to join UCU to pursue Bachelors in Mass Communication.
It was against this background that he decided to set up Radio Kyagwe as a media house and a training institute that would help train students with career aspirations in the media.
“But my future target is to own a TV station,” he said.
Kyagwe FM’s coverage goes as far as 20 kilometres although the target is to cover the greater Mukono including Buikwe and parts of Wakiso district.