Newly elected President of the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG), Freelance Sports Journalist, Kern Mason, said, his first order of business will be to undertake a review of the constitution, which governs the umbrella body.
“I know that the constitution has been there for a number of years and it has not been changed or looked at ever since and the media landscape has been changing ever so often; so the first order of business will be to review the constitution and make changes where necessary,” Mason told reporters in an interview following last week Saturday’s elections.
Mason, who was the 2nd Vice President of MWAG, defeated two other challengers for the post during the Annual General Meeting that was held Saturday at the Presentation Brothers College (PBC) in St. George’s.
One of the defeated candidates was longstanding female journalist, Linda Straker who was engaged in heavy campaigning for the position.
Straker reportedly got the backing of the pro-government workers in the media.
The MWAG was forcerd to elect a new President as the holder of the post, Shere-Ann Noel was not eligible to serve more than two terms as stipulated by the constitution.
However, Noel was retained on the executive to serve as the new Treasurer, while Curlan Campbell was elected First Vice President.
Delroy Louison who failed to get the nod of President like Straker was elected as MWAG’s 2nd Vice President, Donella Hosten is the Secretary with Rickisha St Louis as her assistant.
Mason, who is a 2009 graduate of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) in Jamaica, expressed the view that getting media workers to “stand in one voice” would be the most challenging part of his presidency.
“Yes, we have the media workers association but many persons consider it to be dormant or not very active, so we need to get the word out there that the association is alive and well and we need to encourage other media workers to come on board,” he said.
“We are not funded, all of our funds basically come from dues so we ask every media worker to come out and support the media workers association in whatever venture we do,” he added.
Backed by a team of young media workers, Mason who is the brother of former MWAG President, Michael Bascombe, felt that a good team has been voted into office to carry out the work ahead.
“I think it is a very good team that was elected here today. Most of the persons are very young and it basically would give them some experience going forward in terms of leadership and dealing with everyday things,” he said.
The newly elected president acknowledged that being at the helm of the organisation will be a challenge but it is one that he is ready for.
“I am ready for the challenge and I know that these young media workers are also ready for it too,” he declared.
Meanwhile, an elated Vice President, Curlan Campbell, who was quite surprised by the results of the elections, said he believes his job is to help lift the reputation of the Association.
“I think it is needed because unfortunately media workers in Grenada are not respected and I think this is one of the things that we need to address…I am able bodied and I am ready,” he said.
The finalisation of plans for the annual Media Week activities scheduled for June 18-24 and Media Awards early next year, are also high on the agenda for the new MWAG executive.
Plans were also announced to engage stakeholders in collaborating with MWAG in the areas of education and training.
Approximately 22 media workers attended Saturday’s meeting and election of officers, which was supervised by retired school Principal, Ronald Simon.