New format for media awards

The 2013 Digicel Media Awards Ceremony will see major changes to its layout, according to President of the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG), Sherry-Ann Noel.

She said that this year’s event, planned for December 8 at the Grenada Trade Centre Annex in Morne Rouge, Grand Anse, would take the form of a grand Award ceremony and Banquet.

Noel commended Digicel, “Be Extraordinary” for being the title sponsor of the event for the fifth consecutive year.

Her remarks were made at a signing ceremony to facilitate the event for another year between MWAG and Digicel.

Noel disclosed that the association’s Executive met last week and decided to make changes to the format that as followed for previous events.

“For 2013 what we would have is an awards banquet, we would start about 6.00 p.m. with a cocktail which would be followed by dinner and speeches and in 2013 we would have our banquet and award ceremony in such a way that it wouldn’t have any long drawn out speeches”, she said.

“Everything would be to the point, so that media workers would have more opportunity to socialise. It would be a day for us to socialise”, she added.

The theme to be used this year is, “Unification and Advancement for Professional Development Among Our Colleagues.”

Noel said that after listening to the suggestions of colleagues, the MWAG Executive decided to add three new categories for awards this year – Best Health, Best Video Shot and Best Disc Jockey (DJ).

The category for Best DJ would be compiled through voting via the MWAG Facebook page.

The MWAG President said that in 2013 the association will try to incorporate everyone and is appealing to media workers to pay up their dues so that the media body can better organise to serve its members.

Noel is also appealing to members to submit entries for judging by the Jamaica-based Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) to ensure a successful 2013 MWAG Banquet.

In her remarks at the ceremony, Digicel Country Manager, Patricia Maher said that her company continues to support the annual media award event because of the importance it attaches to the media in Grenada and to encourage opportunities where media personnel are rewarded for their hard work.

The Anthony “Jericho” Greenidge Award will again be awarded to a young aspiring practicing media professional within the field of press, radio, television and internet who has demonstrated self-growth (investment in self growth) and development throughout the last year.

Maher said this award is very special to Digicel, which started three years ago as it gives a reminder to the legacy left behind by “Jericho” and to keep his spirit alive because of his sterling contribution to the development of the local media.

The lucky recipient would receive a state of the art smart phone and $1000.00 cash as well as a branded award plaque.

During the ceremony, two longstanding media practitioners would be recognised.

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