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MWAG’s New Leadership Dive Right In With Awards Gala

Pictured above — Winners pose at the 10th journalism awards ceremony hosted by the Media Workers Association of Grenada on Dec. 3, 2017.

St. George’s, Grenada – On Dec. 3, the Media Worker’s Association of Grenada (MWAG) held its journalism awards gala – the first time it had done so in two years.

The association, a member of the Association of Caribbean MediaWorks (ACM), is led by television journalist Kern Mason, who was elected in May 2017.  The secretariat, interestingly, is quite young and they took on the challenge of holding the 10th awards ceremony this year after the two-year hiatus.  And indeed, their efforts paid off. The event was a success.

Twelve journalists received awards (from 45 entrees) for work done in 2015 and 2016. Half of the awards – all of which were broadcast entries, strangely - went to journalists working for the Government Information Services.

In his address to the crowd, Mason encouraged his fellow journalists to seek out training opportunities wherever they could. “Media owners and executives need to invest in their employees and to invest in training opportunities,” he said. “Journalists should also be proactive in seeking out training, even online.”

Mason also encouraged journalists to be more creative in the stories that they cover. He admonished the severe focus on politics at the expense of other news, including finance, sports and the environment.

Finally, he urged the passing of a complete Freedom of Information Act. In the Caribbean, only five of 25 countries have Freedom of Information Acts, according to ACM.

Alison with Kern Mason, president of the Media Workers Association of Grenada MWAG), at MWAG's 10th awards ceremony. Alison served as keynote speaker for the event on Dec. 3, 2017 and also as a member of the four-panel jury for the awards.

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