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International journalist exchange brings reporter from Uganda to Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Moses Walugembe is far from home. He's in Madison to learn about American journalism and is spending about a month at WKOW.

But the Uganda native is no stranger to reporting. "I've been able to cover stories ranging from health, war, I've been to Somalia," Walugembe says. He's been in the business for six years, covering the entire country of Uganda and also traveling to war torn Mogadishu, Somalia. He says that's an experience he'll never forget. 
 
"I had never put on a bullet proof [vest] in my life, I had never been in a war zone, I mean anything would happen," Walugembe tells 27 News. 

He says journalism in his country has a long way to go compared to the U.S. People couldn't speak negatively about the government until 1986 and reporting is still censored, according to Walugembe. 
 
"Me and the rest of other Ugandan journalists need to kind of stand up, stand out, and be the ones to push this profession to the next level." So he's taking part in an international exchange program for journalists and taking in what he sees. His knowledge will travel almost 8,000 miles back home to Uganda. 

"I'm a journalist over here, but I'm also an ambassador for my country. It is a beautiful country where you need to learn a lot," Walugembe says. He also hopes to leave an impression during his stay. 
 
Last year, WKOW hosted journalists from Thailand and Afghanistan.
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