Home > Fifty-one journalists trained in three years under LIAT-CTO initiative
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, October 24, 2011 – A total of 51 journalists from countries throughout the LIAT network have benefited from training in basic journalism under an initiative started by the airline in conjunction with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) in 2009.
The latest batch of 15 media practitioners completed a one-week workshop at the Flamboyant Hotel in Grenada on Friday October 21. The Grenada Board of Tourism collaborated with LIAT and the CTO in hosting the workshop.
The participants were: Sanny Ensing of the Daily Herald in St. Maarten; Tyrella Alexander of DBS Radio Dominica; Azara Lavia of ABS Television in Antigua; Anesta Henry of Nation Newspaper in Barbados; Handell Duncan of HBTV in Guyana; Theresa Gordon of Crusader Radio Antigua; Edona Jno Baptiste of Marpin TV, Dominica; Renuka Singh of the Trinidad Express Newspaper; Travis Chase of Guyana News Agency; Shane Jitta of CL Communications, Trinidad; Rickisha St. Louis and Rose Fraser of Real FM; Tawfig Obst of Flow; Asha Andall of the Informer Newspaper and Betty Ann Lazarus of the Ministry of Tourism - all in Grenada.
“I think it was a major initiative for LIAT and the CTO to train journalists a little more,” said Renuka Singh. “I also think that the actual experience was an extremely interesting one especially the practical exercises because you got a chance to do what you were trained to do in the programme.”
Another participant Handell Duncan said that the workshop was beyond his expectation. “I would like to say thanks to LIAT and the CTO who made this workshop possible. I hope that they will continue (with the workshops) because as young journalists we can only get better,” he said.
Workshop Facilitator - Veteran Journalist and Communications Specialist at the CTO – Johnson JohnRose challenged the journalists to put what they have learnt into practice.
“I know that some of you will have grave challenges but do the best you can. If all you can do for the time being is improve your writing, work on that,” JohnRose said.
LIAT’s Corporate Communications Manager Desmond Brown said the airline views the initiative as part of its social responsibility and is pleased to provide this aspect of human resource development in the region.
“As part of the workshops, participants conduct a series of interviews with local officials and other stakeholders. The information gathered is then used to write news stories to sensitize their audience about the various LIAT destinations and how the carrier can get them there,” Brown said.
LIAT is one of the leading Caribbean airlines. It is owned by regional shareholders, with major shareholders being the Governments of Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. More information about LIAT may be found at www.liat.com .
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