Edgar R. Batte
Photographer, Journalist, Features writer
I have been doing journalism since my teenage life. In 2002, I got published by The Monitor, a privately owned daily newspaper. I have worked as a features’ reporter with the newspaper on a full time basis since 2004.
I am a graduate of Mass Communication from Makerere University Kampala (MUK). I am practicing photojournalism too. Over the years, I have contributed to different sections of the newspaper as well as other publications.
Apart from Daily Monitor my works have also been published by The East African, African Review, Marimba Media, Daily Metro, Eyecon Magazine, The New Times and on ecomedia.com.
As a writer and photographer, I am required to generate story ideas, be guided on how to execute them. I take assignments and execute them to a satisfactory level.
I covered the World Trade Organization (WTO) conference in 2005 under the auspices of Action Aid International (AAI). I am a recipient of the Golden Pen Awards Entertainment and Lifestyle Journalist of 2007.
I am a two-time nominee in the Young Achievers Awards for 2010 and 2011 respectively.In 2013, I emerged winner in the Sports Journalism’ category in the Uganda National Journalism Awards (UNJA) held under the auspices of African Centre for Media Excellence.
In 2014, I undertook an internship with the United Nations Development Programme where I used my professional skills to document for the local office. I was a finalist in the ‘Features Journalism’ category in 2016 for the UNJA.
I am Data Journalism category winner in the same awards for 2017 and 2019 respectively. In 2019, I was assigned as a photographer to take photographs for the World Health Organisation (WHO), Kampala office as it sought to create an electronic library and train staff in its communication office about the basic skills of photography.
I am passionate about travel and tourism, and I have covered the annual editions of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo in Uganda, Africa travel Indaba in South Africa and Magical Kenya Tourism Expos in Kenya.
My multi-disciplinary journalism abilities have earned me an invitation to cover the Annual Meetings of African Development Bank as a multimedia journalist with ability to write stories, capture photographs and motion pictures as part of the coverage.