St. John’s Antigua- Antigua & Barbuda’s presence at the 2012 International Press Institute’s World Congress in Trinidad & Tobago last week has brought a number of benefits to media workers on island.
President of the Antigua & Barbuda Media Congress Colin James was in attendance at the three-day event held under the theme, “Media in a Challenging World: A 360 Perspective.”
He told OBSERVER Media that a number of training opportunities will be made available to media practitioners here to better equip them in the development of their careers.
The media association while in Trinidad discussed scholarship opportunities and formal training for media workers.
James said the association will be meeting to plan how the options can best serve media personalities.
“Already we are talking about doing a joint programme with the Association of Caribbean Media Workers as well as an organisation out of Miami which deals with training in finance and business communication, and I think we are looking for September for that to be done in Suriname, when the ACM holds a congress there.”
A media representative from Antigua will be able to attend the meeting.
Discussions were also held with university professors and top executives from media organisations around the world.
“The whole question of trying to get scholarships was another issue looked at; these things have to be discussed and worked out further,” James added.
Journalist and media practitioners were also able to get a better understanding of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
The congress also featured a stand-alone one-day workshop for established and aspiring investigative reporters covering corruption.
“This conference was like six conferences in one, because there was so much information; there was so much to glean that on any particular day we had two or three meetings going on simultaneously,” James said.
As it relates to the way forward for the local media association, the president said a general meeting will be held as they continue to increase membership.