Byron Buckley is currently serving his second term as President of the Press Association of Jamaica. He served previously as Secretary as well as Vice-President.
Mr Buckley has been involved in media and communications for more than two decades. He is currently the Special Projects Editor at the Gleaner Company Limited in Jamaica where his duties include staff development, coordination of Editors’ forums, special publications and special coverage.
Mr Buckley has held other positions in media and communications as follows:
- Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister
- Public Relations and Special Projects Manager at Northern Caribbean University
- Senior Political Reporter, Jamaica Observer
- Political Reporter -Jamaica Information Service
His qualifications include:
- M.Sc. Workforce Education and Development, University of Technology, Jamaica
- B.Sc. Public Administration, University of the West Indies
- Diploma Public Relations, University College of the Caribbean (formerly Institute of Management and Production)
He is married to Christine, and they have three adult children.
Daraine Luton was born in Cedar Valley, St. Thomas on February, 14, 1982. He spent his formative years living in Llandewey, also in St. Thomas, where he attended the Bethesda all age school and later the Morant Bay High School.
From an early age, Daraine has demonstrated an interest in civic involvement. He has served as a member of the executive of the Llandewey Police Youth Club and the Llandewey Community Council.
Daraine was also a vice president of the Student Council at Morant Bay High school and was a member of various club and institutions there.
Currently he holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree in Media and Communications from the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication, University of the West Indies, Mona and has been a practicing Print Journalist for eight years.
He began his journalism career in 2002 as a sports reporter at The Gleaner and then switched to news reporting in 2006.
Daraine has won many awards for his works. Among the awards are the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) award for news coverage and the Press Association of Jamaica award for investigative journalism (2007).
Daraine is currently the Gleaner’s Senior Parliamentary Reporter and the youngest officer of the PAJ. He is the second vice president of the organisation having served as Director in charge of member relations in the 2008-2009 term.
Daraine lives by the mantra, “If I can’t help others with my life then I don’t want it”.
Fae Ellington has worked in Radio and television since 1974 as producer, programme presenter, state and national events announcer and news anchor. She is lecturer, trainer and speaking coach for close to three decades.
Miss Ellington has developed courses and facilitated training for media houses and other companies, groups and individuals in the public and private sector. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Communication from the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication, CARIMAC, University of the West Indies, Mona where she has lectured since 1985.
In 2008 the UWI recognised Miss Ellington for ‘excellence in pedagogy’ for consistently scoring a ‘five’, the highest level, at the UWI/Guardian Life Limited, Premium teaching awards.
She is a British Broadcasting Corporation, (BBC) certified trainer.
Her awards include the bronze Musgrave medal (1988)
National Honour -Order of Distinction, Officer Class (1998)
Distinguished Past Student of St. Hugh’s High School (1992)
Miss Ellington has served as a director of several Boards. At present she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office and St. Hugh’s High School. She also serves on the Jamaica Defence Force website development committee.
She is patron of the Clarendon 4-H clubs.
Milton has been a Journalist for the past 18-years. After earning his Bachelor’s degree at the University of the West Indies Communications School – Carimac -he first worked with the now defunct state-owned Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation as a Producer before moving into the News division. His stay at that company while a challenging and dynamic experience, did not last long given the strict controls the Government placed on the independence of the Corporation’s journalistic efforts.
However, he did shine while at the JBC. He covered such diverse issues as the Pope’s visit and the Caricom Heads of Government conference in the Bahamas in 1993. He started the weekly financial programme the Financial Week on Fridays which is now in its eighteenth year.
In 1993 he moved to the new CVM Television as News Editor at 24. There he was responsible for the development of the station’s local news and current affairs programmes. Under his leadership CVM News was a pioneer in news coverage winning over 40 major awards 1994. With Milton Walker at the helm, CVM News has been responsible for the ground breaking coverage of crime, the activities of the police, inner city, rural issues, politics, finance and the environment.
Milton is interested in three main areas Politics, Finance and Crime. Pursuing these issues has taken Milton on a fascinating journey over the last eighteen years and has provided a rich reservoir of understanding of the Jamaican people and the society they inhabit. He has covered almost all of the social ills as well as the achievements of the nation including the infamous gun battles in the inner city communities of Mountain View, Tivoli in 1996 and again in 2001.
For his efforts Milton has been honoured with two Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) Awards for News Coverage in Mountain View in 2000 and West Kingston in 1998. The Caribbean Broadcasting Union also awarded Milton with the award for Investigative journalism for his work on the failed Nibbi Tractor programme as well as for a documentary on Caribbean integration, both in 1996. Milton also received the PAJ Award for Sports Journalism for his documentary on Soccer Violence in 1997. CVM Television named him employee of the year in 1995.
He has covered stories in most Caribbean territories, Caricom Heads of Government Summits, the Caribbean Development Bank AGM and the Volcano eruption in Montserrat. Milton is also attended numerous conferences and seminars across the region and North America and Europe.
Milton has also covered a wide range of subject matters including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kampala, Uganda, State visits including Cuban President Fidel Castro, the death and state Funeral for the late former Prime Ministers Michael Manley in 1997, Hugh Shearer in 2004, all major Jamaican elections between 1993 and 2004 and the National Gas Riots in 1999. The highlight of his career this year has been his anchoring of the station’s coverage of the People’s National Party presidential elections in February where he was on air from 8:30am till 7:30 with only a two hour break.
Milton left CVM in March 2007 and moved to London where worked for the Voice newspaper. He returned to Jamaica in March 2008 to take up an appointment with the RJR Group as News Director for the Jamaica’s largest Communications Group. Later Sports was added to his portfolio. He was the first Caribbean journalist to arrive in Haiti after the 7.0 earthquake devastated that country’s capital. Milton provided the first regional perspective on RJR 94fm and Television Jamaica.
At CVM Television Milton was also responsible for managing the convergence necessitated by the creation of the communications group including Hot 102 and CVM Television to achieve the desired efficiencies and synergies.
He is also Press Freedom advocate and was one of the main Speakers at a conference on Freedom of the press in the Greater Antilles staged by the Centre for Press Freedom in San Juan Puerto Rico in August 2002. He has also been one of the liaison personnel in Jamaica for Reporters Sans Frontières, the Paris based press freedom group.
Milton was selected a One World Broadcasting Trust Fellow in 2003 and also participated in the European Union Trade Commission forum on Trade as a development tool for the Third World in 2002. He was one of the speakers at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference on drugs at Westminster, London in February 2008.
Dara Niyonu Smith
Dara Smith has had over 15 years of experience in the field of journalism, covering areas such as Audio Broadcasting Engineering and Radio and Television Reporting, Producing and Presenting.
Miss Smith is currently a Broadcast Journalist with the CVM Group, having joined the CVM family as an employee of Hot 102 fm in 2003. Ms. Smith was a general reporter/producer contributing to the station’s daily news packages and contributing to various segments for the evening discussion programme Drive Time Live.
With the merger of the two newsrooms she was assigned to stories both locally and internationally in various fields ranging from human interest, health, education, and politics among others on both radio and television. During her tenure at CVM she has been awarded numerous fellowships and training opportunities, locally, regionally and internationally which have helped to advance her knowledge in Journalism.
She started her career at the Jamaica Information Service in September 1993 as a Sound Technician and spent seven years honing her skills in Audio Broadcasting Engineering, becoming one of the first female Audio Broadcast Engineers after receiving a scholarship from the Japan International Corporation Agency.
During her years at the JIS, Miss Smith also performed the duties of a production assistant before being formally trained at the University of the West Indies achieving an honours Diploma in Radio.
She later went on to achieve her upper class honours Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Marketing with a minor in International Relations.
Dara Smith is now working on her thesis paper to complete her Masters of Science Degree in Government.
She is also an Instructor at the Northern Caribbean University, where she teaches Introduction of Radio Broadcasting.
In addition to her responsibilities at as a Director at the Press Association of Jamaica, Miss Smith is also a Director of the CVM Television sports club, a member of the Japan International Corporation Agency Alumni Association and a volunteer at the Jamaica AIDS Support.
Anicia Browning Thomas is an experienced Media Practitioner/Journalist with over 13 years experience in Television.
She is a graduate of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies (Mona), in Media and Communication, with a specialisation in Television and also a graduate of the University of Technology where she studied Administrative Office Management. She has been trained in Voice and Speech for Radio, Television and Platform, Scriptwriting, Video Production, Public Relations, Television Presenting and Interviewing. Outside of Journalism and Media, she is a trained Aesthetician and Professional Make-up Artist in Television and Photography and has studied 3 foreign languages; French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. She has also received training from China Central Television (CCTV) and China Radio International (CRI) in Television and Radio Technologies for developing countries.
Anicia has worked primarily in State Media over the years, having whetted her appetite for Television Production at the Jamaica Information Service as a young graduate and teenager, but launched out into Private media overseeing Production and Administration at a jointly-owned local Family Cable television network in 2004. She currently works on Independent Television and Public Relations projects in the areas of Culture and Arts, Human Interest and Social Issues covering various Regional and International assignments and making documentaries, most recent titles; “Caribbean in China” and “Emerging China”.
She has been an Executive Talent Coordinator for the World Championship of Performing Arts in Hollywood, California recruiting Jamaicans since 2006.
Mrs. Anicia Browning-Thomas is married with an 11-year old daughter.
Currently an Assistant Producer at Nationwide 90 FM, Marilyn has a passion for feature production with an emphasis on local and regional issues.
At 24 year old, she started in production 7 years ago.
She has worked in several areas of communications:
- Reporter/ Intern Caribbean Media Corporation (formerly CANA News)
- Assistant to the Internal Communications Executive, Red Stripe Customer Service Representative, Air Jamaica
- Technical Operator, Nationwide News Network
- Production Assistant, Nationwide News Network
Marilyn is completing her Bachelor of Arts- Media and Communications at the University of West Indies and pursuing a Diploma in Paralegal Studies at the Paralegal Institute of Jamaica. She is a Queen’s School alumni.
An avid reader, she has played piano for over fifteen years, debated at the high school and collegiate level and enjoys attending the theatre and cinema.
In High School she held many leadership roles and was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Achiever’ upon graduation.
Professionally, Marilyn has been a part of the award winning ‘This Morning’ team; whose submissions took first place in the Fair Play Awards for 2007 and 2008 and won Platinum in the UNFPA Caribbean Population Awards 2009, while her personal documentary submission took the Gold award at the UNFPA Caribbean Population Awards in the same year. The team has also been awarded Gold in 2006 and 2008.
- Her professional objective is to have a positive impact on the Caribbean
- media landscape, as part of a dynamic team providing accurate, timely and
- creative news and current affairs programming.
- She is also the mother of a 2 year old boy.
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