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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, July 25, 2009 – A LIAT-sponsored two-day Media Training Workshop for young journalists opened Saturday at the Curacao Breezes SuperClubs Resort. It is the first of two such workshops planned by the regional air carrier for this summer.
In his address at the opening ceremony, Facilitator Johnson JohnRose said that today’s media practitioner seems lost when it comes to understanding his/her role.
He added that media owners seem not to understand that journalism is a profession and its people ought to consider themselves professionals.
“You can’t have professionals without training and codes of ethics and behavior,” JohnRose said. “It was the realization that there was a problem that led me to convince my bosses at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) that this will be beneficial to the region.”
JohnRose, a veteran journalist and media trainer is the Communications Officer at the CTO.
A total of 10 young journalists will benefit from the training with a group of five attending each of the two workshops. Geisha Kowlessar form the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian; Kayra Williams from Star Publishing in St. Lucia; Tameika Malone from the Daily Observer in Antigua; Omesha Spence from the Searchlight Newspaper in St. Vincent and VonDez Phipps from SKNVibes in St. Kitts make up the first group.
“This LIAT workshop is very significant as it not only exposes young journalists to the islands of the region but it also provides an opportunity for training in tourism reporting which remains critical in these small developing states,” said Phipps. “I anticipate two days of education, empowerment and enlightenment.”
LIAT Marketing Associate Folayan Taitt encouraged participants to pay close attention and participate fully in each day’s activities.
The Curacao Tourist Board and Breezes Curacao SuperClubs Resort are also sponsors of the Media Training Workshop.
LIAT is one of the leading Caribbean airlines. It is owned by regional shareholders, with the major shareholders being the Governments of Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. More information about LIAT may be found at www.liat.com.
Desmond Brown, Corporate Communications Manager, LIAT (1974) Limited, Head Office, Sealey Building, Sir George Walter Highway, Antigua. Telephone: +268 480 5600 EXT 6222, fax: +268 480 5638 and email: email@example.com.