New Media meets old Media

On: April 16, 2009
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About Ali Balunywa
I have 20 years experience in the print media in Africa and Europe. I am in possession of a Bachelors degree in social sciences from Makerere University in Kampala and a post graduate diploma in Journalism and Media management. I am currently following a Masters of Media in New Media studies at the University of Amsterdam.



I started working on my research proposal last year. By the beginning of this year, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. And that is to research on the impact of ICT use on the print media journalist. I started establishing contact with the New Vision, the largest print media organization in Uganda.

I telephoned the Managing Director in January and briefly explained to him what I wanted to do. He asked me to put it in writing, attach the research proposal and send them to him by email. I did that immediately. I telephoned him again in February and in March sent him another email.

Before the end of March I received an email from the Human resource manager explaining that the MD had passed on my case to her for handling. I sent her my travel itinerary. She explained that she would be away at the time of my arrival but she provided me with her telephone contacts so that I call her and she coordinates with her colleagues. 

On arrival I called her right away. She explained to me that my case was being handled, but that the person in charge was also not in office that week. After a week, I called to find out if I could start my research. I was asked to write a summary of my proposal and go to the office. 

I did exactly that. I was told; I would be called after the managers had discussed my case. I tried to point out that I flew into the country for a limited time and that almost 2 weeks had gone by, but she responded that she was helpless! I left dejected wondering how I will manage the situation. 

I contacted another media house and they were quite glad to be of help. However, I also had to put it in writing as a formality. I am still waiting for the response. Hopefully Monday I start after spending 2 weeks redundant.

Did I hear someone saying too much play without work makes Jack a bright boy?


One Response to “New Media meets old Media”
  • April 20, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Ha ah Ali welcome to Africa. Now that you have paid for your planning sins you will get going. Wish you the best.Did you say you will have to pay for the Two weeks…..? I guess you will get brighter with many more weeks of the same!

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