Meaningful Television (MTV) one of Grenada’s leading television outfits captured some of the top awards presented at the 2017 revamped media award ceremony held at the Grenada Trade Centre on Sunday.
Best Political Story, Best Overall News Story, and Best Sports were among the awards won by the MTV staff both past and present.
Senior reporter and news anchor, Chearvon Benjamin was among the awardees, capturing Best Overall News Story and Best Political Story. Tonia St Louis-Lawrence captured the award for Best Sports Story while former employee Gerard Joseph was awarded for Best Parliament Story.
Also stamping their name on awards table was the Government Information Service (GIS) capturing six of the twelve awards handed out on Sunday.
The GIS Abigeil Mc Inrtyre captured the awards Best Agriculture and Best Business Story. Also going to the GIS was Best Tourism and Current Affairs/Feature Programme, which was won by Annette Moore, Best Entertainment Story went to GIS’ Rickisha St Louis, and the GIS Keville Frederick won Best Health Story.
The Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN) staffer Eugenia Peters won the award for Best Human Interest Story while Gennil Reuben former employee of Columbus Communication (CC6) capture the award for Best Feature Story.
Also presented on Sunday were two long-standing service awards presented to Kimberlain Mills, media manager and businessman from the sister isle of Carriacou and senior staffer at the GIS Trevor Thwaites, now deceased.
Sunday’s active was attended by media practioners from various media houses, governmental officials, sponsors and members of the diplomatic community.
Minister with responsibility for information Winston Garraway was unable to attend the function, however in a recorded message to the members of the media he urged media practioners to be mindful of the fact that they have a serious role to play in the functioning of a true democracy. He called on members to avoid taking their role for granted but rather be responsible in the dissemination of information and be a champion for the right cause.
President of the Media Workers Association of Grenada Kern Mason, in his address, commended the members of the media who go beyond the call of duty to ensure that information gets to the public and urged them be more proactive and take ownership of the profession. Mason called upon media managers to invest in their employees since they are the ones in the spotlight and reflect the image of the company they represent.
In delivering the feature address Mrs. Alison Bethel-Mc Kenzie called on media managers to embrace social media and use it as an extension of their own organization.
She reminded media practitioners that social media is here to stay and therefore, it is critical that one sees the need to use it to their advantage. She reminded listeners that social media affords any business the interactive channel to communicate with current and future customers. She noted that for the newspaper business social media has the potential of increasing their reach, and engage a wider market through the uses of the various forms of social media.
Mc Kenzie noted that it is impossible to ignore the impact of social media in this modern era and therefore it would be wise to embrace it and use it to advantage.
Among the highlight of the evening was a solemn moment, where tribute was paid to the many media practitioners that have passed this life in recent times; among them Wayne Modeste, former editor of New Today Newspaper, David Blackburn newspaper designer, Grenada Informer Newspaper, Rollins Williams, videographer and most recently Trevor Thwaites, Senior Information Officer at the GIS.