18.01.2008 -

Young Caribbean journalists to benefit from new ACM programmes

The recently-established Caribbean Network of Young Journalists (CNYJ) will receive a further boost in 2008 through several projects to be undertaken by the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM).

The CNYJ is the product of collaboration between UNESCO and ACM in 2007. During that period, ACM worked with UNESCO to convene three in-country training programmes in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Grenada; to conduct pilot testing of the UNESCO-developed Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Media Training and Resource Kit; and to develop a network of young and new entrants to Caribbean journalism.


In 2008, the ACM expects plan to conduct a similar programme of training and to initiate a new journalism mentoring programme. This programme will, in the first instance, involve ten specially-selected young journalists and ten outstanding media mentors.


According to the ACM President, Wesley Gibbings, the focus will be on "bringing young journalists in contact with veterans who have contributed immensely to the profession over the years." Mentors and protégés will be paired across national borders.


According to Gibbings, this year's expanded training will take into account the valuable feedback they received during last year's activities. More than 50 young journalists benefited from the programme. "We are gratified by the level of support received from UNESCO over the years," he said.


ACM has partnered with UNESCO in promoting awareness among Caribbean journalists of the United Nations Education for All Initiative and there is ongoing collaboration in a number of other areas including training, networking and annual commemoration of World Press Freedom Day. ACM is also developing an Elections Handbook for Caribbean Journalists.

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