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  • The Gleaner Company Limited on Tuesday, September 16 walked with the top prize of $500,000 in the 2013/14 Jamaica Broilers Group Fair Play Awards for Excellence.
  • The winning entry entitled ‘Inappropriate Sexual Education,’ explored the introduction of sexual education material, deemed age-inappropriate, in some privately-run children’s homes.
  • Chairman of the Jamaica Broilers Group, Robert Levy, presented the prize money and trophy to reporters Arthur Hall and Ryon Jones, during a ceremony held at the Terra Nova Hotel, St. Andrew.

The Gleaner Company Limited on Tuesday, September 16 walked with the top prize of $500,000 in the 2013/14 Jamaica Broilers Group Fair Play Awards for Excellence.

The winning entry entitled ‘Inappropriate Sexual Education,’ explored the introduction of sexual education material, deemed age-inappropriate, in some privately-run children’s homes, which captured the attention of the nation earlier this year.

Chairman of the Jamaica Broilers Group, Robert Levy, presented the prize money and trophy to reporters Arthur Hall and Ryon Jones, during a ceremony held at the Terra Nova Hotel, St. Andrew.

The first runner-up trophy and cash prize of $300,000 went to independent production house Panache Entertainment for its piece entitled: ‘Whipped: In the Name of Discipline’.

Television Jamaica and the Gleaner Company Limited, which were joint third, received $100,000 each for their respective entries ‘Living in Limbo’ and ‘Death Squad’.

In his remarks, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Broilers Group, Christopher Levy, commended the journalists for the quality of work presented.

He noted that Jamaica Broilers decided to increase the prize money this year in order to highlight the work of more journalists, who continue to work hard at keeping the nation informed with stories that are thorough, balanced, and accurate and have resulted in a positive national impact.

For his part, Chief Judge, Professor Hopeton Dunn, noted that the awards scheme have become a feature of the Jamaica media calendar, and represents a “much sought after set of accolades for professional performance in Jamaica”.

He further noted that the entries received reflected a range of subject matter, with most of them dominated by human interest topics.

“The demographic that featured most in somewhat an adverse way in the coverage this year is young men. This underlines the need for a holistic approach to tackling the challenges of this demographic group in the society generally,” Professor Dunn said.

He added that other issues addressed in the entries were related to business and to health.

Professor Dunn said there were a number of excellent investigative pieces, with those entries competing strongly for placement, underlining the high quality of work that is still taking place in the Jamaican media.

He however pointed to continuing issues of quality and superficiality in many of entries and a tendency towards the sensational.

This year’s staging of the Fair Play Awards had the largest purse to date with $1 million in cash. A total of 34 entries were received: 16 from print; 14 from television; and four from radio.