PAJ to fo­cus on fu­ture of tra­di­tional news and sports

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT -

WITH news­pa­pers clos­ing down all over the world and an ever-grow­ing em­pha­sis on so­cial me­dia, the Press As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica (PAJ) will be fo­cus­ing on the fu­ture of tra­di­tional news and sports for this year’s stag­ing of Na­tional Jour­nal­ism Week.

The PAJ’S pop­u­lar pub­lic fo­rum en­ti­tled ‘Do You Still Need Tra­di­tional News & Sports?’ is in­tended to take a provoca­tive and an­a­lyt­i­cal look at the place of tra­di­tional news and sports in a fast-chang­ing and in­creas­ingly dig­i­tal world. The event will be held at Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel, on Mon­day, Novem­ber 19, start­ing at 6:00 pm, and is free and open to all.

“We thought it im­por­tant to take a crit­i­cal look at the fu­ture of our tra­di­tional news­rooms and sports depart­ments,” says PAJ Pres­i­dent George Davis. “News and sports depart­ments will have to evolve and adapt to sur­vive,” says Davis. “Many have al­ready started to do so, but mem­bers of the pub­lic have been very crit­i­cal about the pace of change and strate­gies be­ing em­ployed. We there­fore thought it was an op­por­tune time to en­gage the pub­lic on this is­sue, to hear their con­cerns and to share strate­gies for sur­vival.”

The main speaker at the fo­rum will be pres­i­dent of the Trinidad and Tobago Pub­lish­ers and Broad­cast­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Ki­ran Ma­haraj. A for­mer jour­nal­ist, Ms Ma­haraj is now a me­dia man­ager, be­ing manag­ing di­rec­tor of Caribbean Life­style Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Me­dia Net­work, which in­cludes four ra­dio sta­tions and a tele­vi­sion sta­tion. She is also pres­i­dent of the Me­dia In­sti­tute of the Caribbean, which aims to de­velop a net­work of in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ists through­out the Caribbean, and is de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tive strate­gies for pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of con­tent from the re­gion.

Other pan­el­lists are Ju­dith Bod­ley, vice-pres­i­dent of news and cur­rent af­fairs at CVM; Lance Whit­taker, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer at Sports­max; Cliff Hughes, manag­ing di­rec­tor of Na­tion­wide News Net­work,;and dig­i­tal ex­pert Gor­don Swaby, founder of Edu-fo­cal.

In keep­ing with the PAJ’S on­go­ing thrust to in­volve mem­bers of the me­dia com­mu­nity out­side Kingston & St An­drew, Ma­haraj and the PAJ team will also be trav­el­ling to North­ern Caribbean Univer­sity in Man­dev­ille on Tues­day, Novem­ber 20 and to The Univer­sity of the West Indies, Western Cam­pus in Mon­tego Bay on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 21 to present on the same topic.

The dis­cus­sions fit neatly un­der the over­ar­ch­ing um­brella of the 2018 theme for Na­tional Jour­nal­ism Week ‘Zeal­ously Guard­ing Press Free­dom’.

Other events dur­ing the week in­clude a church ser­vice on Sun­day, Novem­ber 18 at Tar­rant Bap­tist Church, Molynes Road, at 10:00 am, and the an­nual Vet­er­ans’ Lun­cheon on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 21. The week of ac­tiv­i­ties ends on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24 with the Na­tional Jour­nal­ism Awards Show & Af­ter-party at Courtleigh Au­di­to­rium at 7:00 pm.

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