KINGSTON — The work of Writer/Producer at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Carry Bishop, was recognised at the inaugural Excellence in Caribbean Agricultural Journalism Awards, when he walked away with the prize for the Best Television News Story.
Held in Dominica last month (October),the awards ceremony took place during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture activities, which lasted from October 10 to 14.
An ardent worker employed to the television department of the JIS for close to 10 years, Mr. Bishop tells JIS News that he was delighted to know that out of all the other journalists within the region, “I was one of those persons who produced such high quality work that could have been selected for recognition."
He informed that he submitted three news stories – one focusing on the importance of macro-economic agriculture; another on farm models, looking at the different ways persons can engage themselves in farming; and the award winning piece entitled: ‘Diversify to Compete’, which looked at the European Union’s Banana Support Programme, which highlighted the assistance past banana farmers are receiving to venture into other income generating activities apart from banana farming.
This award, he said, was also indicative of the work normally produced by the JIS.
"The JIS has always produced excellent work and getting this award highlights this fact and does serve as a motivator for me to continue to strive for excellence. Being recognised by the whole Caribbean…that is significant," he emphasised.
Congratulating Mr. Bishop, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JIS, Donna Marie-Rowe, said the entire management team was pleased with his achievement, and lauded him for the “excellent features” he produces regularly.
“He takes his time and produces them (features) with quality. We are very happy that we have quality team members on our staff and we’re very proud. We just want to encourage him to continue to produce first class television features for Jamaica,” she said.
The competition, organised by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), with assistance from the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation ACP-EU (CTA), was open to all Caribbean journalists in print, broadcast and online media. It covered work published or broadcast between May 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011.
Winners in the other categories were: Best News Story (Print), Gaulbert Sutherland of the Stabroek News of Guyana; Best Business Feature (Print), Shaliza Hassanali of the Trinidad Guardian; and Best News Story (Radio), Antoinette Frederick of WINN FM, St Kitts and Nevis. They received cash prizes and a certificate.
By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter