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Ernest Sungura

Tanzania Media Foundation
Executive director

Ernest Sungura, the current executive director of the Tanzania Media Foundation (TMF), is an accomplished Tanzanian journalist and media specialist with 22 years of local and international experience. His areas of specialisation include investigative journalism, programme and grants management as well as media business development for print and broadcast.


As the executive director at TMF, Ernest pioneered and is currently championing a media business transformation model aimed at enabling and promoting investigative journalism. He passionately believes that ‘money comes from the newsroom’ and that for the media sector to become self-sustaining and command respect, it must invest in building public appreciation and trust through quality journalism. Before becoming TMF executive director, Ernest served as Hivos Tanzania Media Fund project executive manager and director. He has also been the principal, director of finance and director of studies at the Tanzania Institute of Media Education (TIME) and news editor and investigative reporter at The Guardian newspaper in Tanzania. He was the first journalist in Tanzania to hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Twitter: @ErnestSungura

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, November 17

10:45 PST

Funding Your Investigation Wits Science Stadium - Auditorium 3

Saturday, November 18

09:00 PST