Tropical Institute of Development Innovations



Globally, Journalism and Media are associated with development. The attainment of sustainable development depends on socio-economic and political environment where the role of mass media is important. The media is meant to serve both elite and those at the grass root levels. They are expected to focus their time and resources on sensitive issues that matter most to the people.

Media has a powerful influence in advancing national development in developing countries. Journalism intends to use the media to inform, educate and sensitise the public on issues that will emancipate and empower the society. The media is used as a tool to pursue and contribute to the social and economic goals of the Nation by publicizing development work that will enrich the lives of the people that are exposed to it. Also, the media is effectively utilized to achieve national unity, patriotism among the citizens, to foster political stability, promote national integration for the peaceful existence and stability. It is supposed to bring to the limelight what the people need and what they expect from the government.


Admission requirements: A candidate shall be eligible for admission to the Uganda National Certificate in Journalism and Media Studies on meeting any of the following minimum qualifications:

A candidate should have obtained a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 3 credit and must have passed English and Mathematics.

At least a credit in Uganda Junior Technical  Certificate from a recognized institution in any of the  fields or any other  field as approved by the Selection Committee constituted by the Ministry of Education and Sports.

Examined by UBETEB

DURATION : 2 years


This curriculum when well implemented will produce a Journalist who is able to:

a) Observe different cultures through interaction with various categories of people.

b) Creatively search for and produce information.

c) Apply appropriate technology to collect, process and store information.

d) Critically analyse issues in society and disseminate information.

e) Write accurate, objective, fair and balanced stories.


Year 1 Semester 1

  • NCJM 111 Fundamentals of mass communication
  • NCJM 112 Principles of news writing and reporting
  • NCJM 113 Principles of radio production
  • NCJM 114 Ethics in journalism
  • NCJO 115 Social concepts in media
  • NCJM 116 Real life Project 1

Year 1 Semester 2

  • NCJM 121 Public speaking
  • NCJM 122 Principles of public relations
  • NCPE123 Principles of Economics
  • NCCA 124 Computer applications
  • NCED125 Elements of Entrepreneurship Development
  • NCJM 126 Real life Project 2

Year 2 Semester 3

  • NCJM 211 Writing for the media
  • NCJM 212 Contemporary media applications
  • NCJM 213 Fundamentals of media law
  • NCJM 214 Principles of Photo journalism
  • NCJM 215 Principles of advertising
  • NCJM 216 Real Life Project 3

Year 2 Semester 4

  • NCJM 221 Principles of television production
  • NCJM 222 Video editing and production
  • NCKS 223 Basic Kiswahili
  • NCPS 224 Fundamentals of political science
  • NCJM 225 Real life project 4
  • NCJM 226 Internship