Joshua has been organizing the many logistical details for the Uganda
team. As a journalist with 8 years of experience, and as a fixer, he
is used to the many requests of clients and contacts, although with
six of us at once, it’s a lot to juggle. Here’s a little bit more from
What do you do as a journalist?
I do broadcast journalism. I work for a TV agency called IHA, it’s a
Turkish news agency. They collect news from all over Africa and
distribute it. In particular, features on tech and sports. I shoot and
edit, so I’m a video journalist.
What’s the most difficult part of being a fixer?
The most difficult thing is when you get an appointment and then
either later, they turn it down or won’t talk to you. Access to
government facilities is extremely difficult. And it’s difficult to
get information to help clients on things that are government owned
like in the extract industry.
What story are you most proud of doing?
The story I’m proudest of is about technology, a mobile app called
Winsenga. It’s an app developed by students at Makerere University.
Its main role is to check the fetal heartbeat. It will help the
midwives deep in the villages. They’ve been using a cone [a pinard
cone which is a type of stethoscope] to hear the movement of the baby.
I was also able to meet the developers and visit the villages where
they are testing the app with the midwives.