UMDF regards training as a continuous process to enable journalists tackle the contemporary challenges of professionalism. UMDF thus organizes mid-career training activities, mainly through workshops on pertinent issues that relate to journalistic professionalism. UMDF uses a thematic approach to training networked through different regional journalists associations. Thematic areas addressed include; Business reporting, Court reporting, Environment reporting, Elections coverage, and Human rights reporting. The training involves 300 journalists every year. The training regional centres are in: Mukono, Mbale, Jinja, Gulu, Arua, Hoima, Mbarara, Kabale, and Kasese. It has collaborated with local and international bodies such organizations as the Uganda Human Rights Commission on human rights reporting and the World Bank to train journalists in business and development reporting.
Media Advocacy and networking
Through lobbying relevant parliament committees and government agencies, UMDF advocates for improved media laws and policy. It interacts and networks with other media organisations and institutions on issues of the media and its development. It has worked with the Eastern African Media Institute (Uganda Chapter) on media law reform, and Panos Eastern Africa on Broadcasting Policy.
Research and documentation
UMDF conducts research on pertinent issues of concern to the media, more specifically issues on media policy development. It has in conjunction with Human Rights Network (HURINET) carried out research on the state of media freedom in Uganda. This was a cross sectional survey of the views of society on different aspects of media freedom in Uganda. UMDF also engages in evaluation of communication strategies and communication policy.
Media and Peace building
The decades long conflict in Uganda has impacted on the media to review its position out of the observer comfort zone into a constructive participant in ongoing peace building process. UMDF acknowledges the power media wields in influencing opinion and actions among the population especially in the context of the unheeding conflict. It now pursues this objective through training journalists in peace journalism to aid conflict transformation among parties and communities in the conflicts.