Improve Pay and Working Conditions for Journalists – Dear

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Immediate Past Secretary, National Union of Journalists (UK), Jeremy Dear, is calling for improved pay and working conditions for members of the media profession. He made the call while addressing the Press Association of Jamaica’s (PAJ) National Journalism Awards banquet at the Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on December 7. “An industry that wants the best must be prepared to invest in the people, who produce the best day in, day out, week in, week out. It cannot be right that the PAJ is bombarded with requests from journalists in and out of the profession, who have fallen on hard times; who have not lived lives of luxury, have not drunk, or smoked, or gambled their money away, or been careless or opulent in their lifestyles, but cannot afford to make ends meet,” he said. “It cannot be right that journalists are called out to work are unable to respond because they have no money for gas for the car. It cannot be right that journalists are out covering hurricanes, leave their children alone at home in a raging storm because they cannot afford proper care and it cannot be right that these journalists, fearful about losing their jobs, suffer in silence that such issues are only ever whispered about,” he added. Mr. Dear said journalists should strive to produce the best despite the conditions under which they work, stating that managers should ensure that their staff members have access to the relevant equipment needed to do the job. He further urged media managers to be the agents to ensure that the profession is preserved. “Journalists need help and support to stand up to the pressures from those who want them to be the servants of big business or of political masters. Journalists need to reinforce the message that journalism matters; that without the right equipment, resources and staffing, the historic mission of journalism will be increasingly compromised,” he stated. Mr. Dear said quality journalisms builds trust and “trust in journalism is a brand that helps win market shares and commitment from audiences,” adding that the profession remains relevant in informing citizens. He said that the notion that journalists are the least important actors in the media business must change. “We understand that journalism itself doesn’t change the world but media in the public service can help undercut the lies, the distortions, the spin, the censorship and the secrecy of anti-democratic governments and corporations, and such information can act as a spur to change,” he stated. Mr. Dear also paid homage to those in the profession, who have excelled over the years, despite the odds they have faced. During the ceremony veteran journalists Ken Chaplin; Claire Forrester; and the late John Maxwell; were inducted in the PAJ Hall of Fame. Kirk Wright from Television Jamaica (TVJ) was named the 2012 Journalist of the Year, while David Brown from CVM copped the Young Journalist of the Year Award. Over 20 awards were presented to members of the media fraternity, highlighting their contribution to the profession. The dinner culminated the week of activities observing Journalism Week, which began last Sunday (Dec. 2). Improve Pay and Working Conditions for Journalists – Dear InformationDecember 11, 2012 RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History RelatedImprove Pay and Working Conditions for Journalists – Dearcenter_img Advertisements RelatedImprove Pay and Working Conditions for Journalists – Dearlast_img read more

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Swail triumphs at Spruce Meadows with 132,000 Dollar Grand Prix win

first_img 14 June 2013, 12:39 Tags: CO. DOWN’S Conor Swail tonight (Sunday) collected 132,000 dollars (100,000 euro) for a spectacular win in the Pan American Cup Grand Prix in Spruce Meadows, Canada, which also saw fellow Irish rider Cameron Hanley take third place for 60,000 dollars (45,000 euro).Malahide-based Swail, riding Susan and Ariel Grange’s stallion Lansdowne, was one of just five international combinations to go clear in the first round from a starting field of 33, and in the jump-off seemed to have forfeited his chances of the big prize when having one pole down. However, after all five had jumped, no zero score appeared, so the 41 year-old Irishman took first place with the fastest time recorded.Last man in for the show’s final competition was Mayo’s Cameron Hanley, riding Eleonore Paschoude and Yves Bouvier’s talented gelding Antello Z, and the pair seemed assured of a win until they dislodged a pole on the Rolex final fence, and had to settle for a third place behind Colombian runner-up Daniel Bluman and Sancha LS La Silla.Afterwards Swail, who finished a close second because of a time fault in last week’s Queen Elizabeth Cup, and had many other top five places said: “I’ve had a great tournament here at Spruce Meadows and I’ve been knocking on the door so many times it’s a tremendous feeling to finally break through and win a Grand Prix. I’m delighted with the horse, who did such a great job for me here today.”Earlier, Cork’s Shane Sweetnam, who finished 11th in the Grand Prix with Amaretto Darco, had a victory with Cyklon in the speed class, with Cameron Hanley taking second on Newton du Haut Bois.Speaking from Canada tonight, Ireland’s show jumping Team manager Robert Splaine said: “It’s been terrific to hear the Irish national anthem played twice here today and I must congratulate Conor for his win this evening with Lansdowne. They are a wonderful combination and seem to mature more every time I see them.“Cameron Hanley gave an excellent performance, and it’s a remarkable achievement to make such a comeback after his very serious two year injury lay-off. Shane Sweetnam has also had a good week, and all this is encouraging as our plan comes together for the year. We have an extremely challenging number of weeks ahead of us, with not only the Dublin Horse Show but also the European Show Jumping Championships in Denmark on our schedule.”Earlier today at France’s three-star Vichy show, Ireland’s Niall Talbot claimed third place in the Grand Prix on Nicos de la Cense, with Morocco’s Abdelkebir Quaddar taking the trophy on Quickly de Kreisker.In Falsterbo, Sweden, Capt. Michael Kelly won the Mercedes Ride and Drive with the Minister for Defence’s Irish Sport Horse Drumiller Lough. Swail triumphs at Spruce Meadows with 132,000 Dollar Grand Prix win Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Swail triumphs at Spruce Meadows with 132,000 Dollar Grand Prix win last_img read more