The Media Workers Association of Grenada’s (MWAG) gala Media Awards ceremony will be held December 2.
The red carpet event will be held at the Trade Centre Annex unlike the past two years when the event was held in January.
During the launch of the 7th Annual Awards Ceremony held at Digicel’s Headquarters at Point Salines on Monday, President of the Association, Rawle Titus disclosed the date to members of the local press corp.
Digicel remains the platinum sponsor of the event for the fourth year and Titus expressed appreciation to the telecommunications network provider for its continued support.
For the second consecutive year, the Digicel’s sponsored Anthony “Jericho” Greenidge Award will be given to an aspiring media professional.
The award was launched last year by Digicel in honour of “Jericho” who was also known as “De Duke” – a longstanding Journalist/Broadcaster who died November 3, 201l following a brief illness.
The lucky winner will receive a state of the art handset valued no less than $2,000.00 and $1,000.00 in cash from Digicel.
The first to receive the award was WEE-FM’s Journalist/Broadcaster, Mikey Hutchinson.
In addressing the ceremony, Titus noted that Digicel’s contribution to the local media fraternity has kept the profession on a pedestal.
He encouraged media practitioners to submit entries early (by October 26) for the 15 categories for awards to be judged by the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), a department of the University of the West Indies (UWI) headed by veteran journalist and trainer, Dr. Canute James.
This year’s Award Ceremony for the first time will feature a “People’s Choice Award”.
For this Award, media houses will be asked to participate in the short-listing of its popular personalities, while the winner will be decided based on voting by the public.
According to Titus, the past year has been an exciting time for the media and he was looking forward to the ceremony to be held to award media practitioners.
He also said that he has seen marked improvements in the work of practitioners particularly in the area of radio broadcasting.
Digicel’s Country Manager, Patricia Maher assured MWAG of the company’s support, adding that she relishes the opportunity to support the local Media Association in highlighting the outstanding work done by practitioners over the year.
She believes that “a better informed person is a better citizen and a better consumer both of which are needed to advance our nation economically, culturally and socially.”
Maher also believes that “a properly functioning media is indispensable to the proper running of a modern society”.
This year’s guest speaker for the Awards ceremony will be Jamaican Media Personality, Fae Ellington, a former news Anchor and Lecturer at CARIMAC.