The Grenada Advocate secured two awards in the 5th Annual Media Awards sponsored by Digicel.
Editor Rawle Titus got the award for Best Economic Story, entitled “Controversy Hounds Grenada’s Quest for Oil”.
Freelance Journalist and frequent contributor to this newspaper Nicole Best, copped the award for Best Political Story, which was entitled “Oil Talks Spark Political War of Words”.
Best also received another award, this time in the Broadcast Category. She got the award for best Radio News Story, which was about the chlorine gas leak in Telescope, St. Andrew. The story was broadcast on the BBC Caribbean News.
For yet another year Flow Grenada (CC6) came away with the most awards – six in total. Ms. Beverly Sinclair received the award for Best Television News Feature; Ms. Sherry Noel got Best Television Documentary; Samantha Williams got Best Business Story; and Eugenia Peters, formerly of CC6 got three awards – the most awards going to an individual this year. She got Best Public Health Story, Best Economic Story and Best Television News Story.
Other Awardees included Eugenie Mason of Grenada Broadcasting Network who won the award for Best Human Interest Story – “Janet Pre-cut House”.
Mike Alexis of Videovision got Best Public Service Announcement and Best Locally Produced Advertisement. Ria Murray of MTV got Best Agriculture Story – “Value of A Mango Seed”.
Addressing the Awardees was Prime Minister and Minister for Information, Mr. Tillman Thomas. He was high in praise of the efforts of the Media Workers Association of Grenada for their attempts to provide training to members of the fraternity. He challenged media workers to consistently strive for accuracy and balance in their reporting, adding that he will “put them in their place” in reference to journalists who write stories that are inaccurate, imbalanced or unfair.
Current President of the Media Workers Association Rawle Titus, told the gathering that he was very pleased with the achievements of the Association for the past year, wspecially in the area of training.
“I am pleased to report that under my leadership and with the support of my team on the Executive, we have overseen more training hours in 2010, that we had seen in any other calendar year since MWAG was formed.”
“The year was a stand-out because for the first time in any given year, the largest number of young practitioners and potential practitioners received training,” Mr. Titus added.
The MWAG President, called on his colleagues to always show solidarity for each other to continue to support the activities of the Association.
“We must do nothing to undermine the unity and solidarity of the Media Workers Association of Grenada; or to bring its members, for which we serve, in public disrepute or ridicule. Our mission must be bigger and better.”
Regional telecommunications giant, Digicel was for a second year, the title sponsor and Country Manager, Patricia Maher said the company was pleased to be part of an activity celebrating the achievements of practitioners. She said the company has had a very cordial relationship with the media in Grenada and they look forward to continuing such relationship as they seek to make their contribution to the Grenadian society.
Every year two persons are awarded for their contribution to the development of media in Grenada. This year the two persons chosen receive the Plaques for Distinguished Service to the Media in Grenada were former President of the Senate, Mrs. Margaret Neckles and Mr. Norbert Evelyn Walter “Bunny” Fletcher.
Both have contributed to the development of radio and television in Grenada in the 1960 – in the days of Windward Islands Broadcasting Service (WIBS) to the present.
Mrs. Neckles served as an announcer, News Director/Presenter, and a producer of radio and television programs for children.
Mr. Fletcher served as an Announcer, News Presenter, Outside Broadcast Specialist and Program Director. He also served as General Manager of Discovery Television in the 1980s.
The 5th Annual Media Awards ceremony was this year held at the Grenada Trade Centre Annex and was attended by Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, Dr. Keith Mitchell.