As the time for Grenada’s hosting of CARIFTA 2016 draws nearer, the Grenada Olympic Committee (GOC) hosted a media seminar with reporters from different media entities, to expose them to the do’s and don’ts of covering the sporting event.
A two day seminar, facilitated by Sports Broadcaster Michael Bascombe was held at the National Stadium last Wednesday and Thursday for the local reporters.
During his presentation Bascombe outlined the correct terms to be used when reporting on sporting events to ensure that all local media personnel can meet international standards of sports reporting.
Member of the Local Organising Committee, Aaron Moses told the media present that they need to see themselves as one of the critical stakeholders in ensuring that the correct information is given out.
“You play an informational role in the dissemination, in the promotion and in the highlighting of the sport of athletics and its importance to our overall development”, he said.
“Your role also assumes tremendous significance, particularly because you have been and continue to occupy the attention of athletics enthusiasts around the world, given our small size and performance at international meets,” he added.
Moses stated that in light of Grenada’s hosting of CARIFTA games, the world eyes will be on the island and spectators who wish to play an active role in the games will be depending on the media.
Chairman for the LOC of CARIFTA, Veda Bruno-Victor said engaging the media could only mean positivity for CARIFA 2016.
“We thought that it would be important to engage you so that you would know exactly what you must do and to say correctly what you should be saying…the important thing is getting our information on time, getting our information on our athletes out there”, she told participants.
“…It (the seminar) is an opportune time to ensure that we have media of a high standard and of quality to present to the rest of the world because a whole section of the world is looking at you,” she said.
Day two of the seminar consisted of a tour of the Athletics and Football Stadium by Ministry of Youth and Sports representative, Conrad Francis and explanation of Specific media points specific for CARIFTA 2016.