Great cov­er­age of crime, Matthew

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -


WE OF­TEN crit­i­cise the me­dia, but on this oc­ca­sion at least two me­dia houses (or should I say one) – The Gleaner and RJR/TVJ – de­serve spe­cial recog­ni­tion for the cov­er­age of crime in Mon­tego Bay and Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

I know it was a team ef­fort, but al­low me to call a few names. The se­ries of ar­ti­cles pub­lished in The Gleaner by vet­eran jour­nal­ist Arthur Hall and his col­league, Corey Robinson, pro­vided in­sight. For the first time, we got a chance to hear di­rectly from those af­fected.

Then there was TVJ and its CNN-like ap­proach – do­ing the MoBay leg of prime-time news from MoBay. Big up! Watch­ing An­drea Chisholm was like a breath of fresh air – con­fi­dent and en­gag­ing.

Ms Chisholm car­ried this re­laxed, yet in­for­ma­tive ap­proach to re­port­ing with her to Portland. Matthew didn’t hit, but she found cre­ative ways to tell dif­fer­ent sto­ries that made me stayed glued to TVJ. Re­al­time, un­scripted, live re­port­ing with a dif­fer­ence.

She is part of the ‘triple A’ team as re­ported on Smile Ja­maica. The other two are An­drew Canon and An­dre Jeb­bin­son. Top-notch re­port­ing with a dif­fer­ence.

Thanks to all of you. Still room for im­prove­ment, but you all did well. We ex­pect more, es­pe­cially in the area of in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism. I do hope the me­dia fra­ter­nity will get the sup­port and re­sources from man­age­ment to con­tinue rais­ing the stan­dard of jour­nal­ism in Ja­maica.


St Ann

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