Good Luck has once again knocked on the door of Benon Herbert Oluka. The former Observer editor will be joining the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) as Africa editor.
A statement from GIJN announcing his appointment said, “We are excited to welcome Benon Herbert Oluka as GIJN Africa editor. Benon, who joins our international staff from Uganda is a multi award winning journalist who cofounded The Watchdog an investigative reporting center in Kampala. He previously wrote for the East African, Daily Monitor and Observer. He was also 2011 World Press Institute fellow and Chevening Scholar.”
Mr Oluka has leaped into international media having accomplished several milestones in Ugandan journalism, including winning CNN Africa journalist of the year award and attending several courses at reputable media schools in South Africa and United Kingdom. He has actually just returned from UK where he was doing masters at Leeds.
According the website for GIJN, “The Global Investigative Journalism Network is an international association of journalism organizations that support the training and sharing of information among investigative and data journalists—even in repressive regimes and marginalized communities.”
Among the organization’s key activities include:
• Providing resources and networking services to investigative journalists worldwide;
• Publishing in multiple languages and on multiple platforms the latest tools, techniques and opportunities for those in the field;
• Helping organize and promote regional and international training conferences and workshops;
• Assisting in the formation and sustainability of journalism organizations involved in investigative reporting and data journalism around the world;
• Supporting and promoting best practices in investigative and data journalism;
• Supporting and promoting efforts to ensure free access to public documents and data worldwide.
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