Media workers in Grenada have swept out the old pro-New National Party (NNP) Executive at their Annual General Meeting held Saturday at the Presentation Brothers College (PBC) in St. George’s.
The new President is Kern Mason, a freelance journalist and Founder of the Spice Isle Sports Review.
He replaces Shere-Ann Noel who served for two terms as President but was not eligible to seek re-election for another term due to the constitution.
Noel, is a current employee of Flow-1 television network and entered the media under the banner of the NNP-created National Public Relations (NPR) outfit in the 1999-2003 period.
Mason got the nod for the MWAG Presidency over another pro-NNP journalist, Linda Straker whom he defeated by about five votes.
Straker had been campaigning for the post of President in recent weeks by sending out promotional material to fellow media workers.
A well-placed media source told THE NEW TODAY that the newly elected executive of media workers can be considered as “more independent” than the previous Noel-led Executive and was confident that it cannot be easily influenced by politicians.
THE NEW TODAY was able to obtain a copy of a statement issued by the new MWAG President in which he made an appeal for those members who were inactive in recent years to come back and assist in rebuilding the association.
Following is the text of the statement:
“First of all I would like to thank all members who turned out to the AGM on Saturday, May 20th 2017 at the Presentation Brothers College and also thank those who voted.
You have elected me and this executive to carry out the functions of MWAG for the next two years and with the trust placed in us we intend to do whatever is right to further develop and enhance each and every media practitioner in Grenada, Carriacou & Petit Martinique.
The Media Workers Association has been under intense scrutiny over the past few years with a high level of negativity stemming from within the Association itself and the emphasis now would be on regaining that trust which many of us seem to have lost.
Two events that are high on the agenda are Media Week and also Media Awards which are currently being finalised.
Upon meeting with my executive, a general meeting will be called to update members on the way forward.
The process has started in getting the “older”/veteran journalists back on-board and I do hope that they can share their expertise and knowledge going forward. We need to get back those individuals on board once they are willing to lend of their time.
Going forward I intend to seek more training that would be substantial thus aiding in better qualified media workers. Details will (be) forthcoming.
I would like to make a plea to all media workers those who are and not yet a part of the Association to work together with the Executive to help move the association forward.
For too long we have gotten ourselves entrapped in the negativity and a lot would be divulged via our various groups but when it came to putting in the work, those who had the biggest voice would not show up or assist.
The time has come for us to work in the interest of our profession. Just as we ask for professionalism from our partners and stakeholders, so too must we ask ourselves.
I am open to suggestions and ideas from all media workers and stakeholders in furthering the cause for media workers in Grenada, Carriacou & Petit Martinique and look forward to working with one and all through this rocky time.
Once again, I thank you and look forward to a cordial relationship with each and every media worker in Grenada, Carriacou & Petit Martinique”.