NBS Television’s Daniel Lutaaya has been nominated among the new generation of journalists making a mark for the prestigious Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award because of his showing of “the powerful contribution journalists can make” to the world.
Supported by the UK’s Foreign Press Association (FPA), Thomson Foundation has been searching for talent from around the world since 2013, and its Young Journalist Award enjoys a reputation as the premier prize for up-and-coming journalists from emerging economies.
Next Media Services’ Head of Brand and Communications, Desire Derekford Mugumisa, said, “Daniel Lutaaya’s eye for detail, drive to pull off the hard stories, and love for Uganda deserves all the prestige that comes with this nomination. The most exciting thing about this for us is that he hasn’t even hit his peak with his love for the field yet. We congratulate him.”
The ten nominees have been selected by the foundation’s judging panel – Helen Scott, Deborah Kelly, and Hosam El Nagar – from nearly 200 entries from 55 countries. After the next rounds of judging, the winner will be announced on 29th November at the FPA Awards ceremony in London.
Lutaaya’s nomination comes courtesy of his special report, “The Untold Stories of Child Trafficking,” where he went undercover to expose child trafficking in rural villages; his #NBSInvestigates report “I Can’t Breathe,” where he dug into the Ugandan private health system and exposed a series of shortcomings and exploitations of patients and families desperate for care during the COVID-19 pandemic among others.