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Sep 29

PAJ Sends Open Letter to Prime Minister Simpson-Miller

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British Prime Minister David Cameron Photo: Wikimedia

British Prime Minister David Cameron
Photo: Wikimedia

The Press Association of Jamaica, concerned about the failure to arrange press briefings for either the British Prime Minister or the Japanese Prime Minister during their visits to Jamaica, has sent the following open letter to Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller.



Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller
Office of the Prime Minister
1 Devon Road
Kingston 10

Dear Madam Prime Minister:

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) notes with great concern that

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe  Photo: Wikimedia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Photo: Wikimedia

there will be no opportunity for the press to ask questions of you and
British Prime Minister David Cameron on the occasion of his visit to
Jamaica, or of you and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during
his visit.

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Sep 02

National Journalism Awards to Recognise Bloggers

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The Press Association of Jamaica’s National Journalism Awards will this year, for the first time,  recognize the work of bloggers, with one new award, and the opening  up of an existing award.

The category of “Best Blog” has been created to recognize journalism in new media, the Opinion Journalism Award is now being opened up to bloggers, as well as producers of podcasts and vidcasts, and the On-line Journalism Award has been re-branded as “Best News Website.”

“The contribution of bloggers to journalism across the world is undeniable,” says PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller. “We wanted to open up another avenue to recognize that.”

“Opinion journalism, for example, has exploded far beyond the traditional categories of radio, TV and print, and there is a lot of biting, incisive commentary being produced outside of the traditional media houses,” she said.

The Best Blog Award will highlight excellence in news, current affairs, sports and entertainment, categories already recognized by the PAJ. The On-line Journalism Award has been re-named “Best News Website” to help bring greater clarity to the nature of the award.

All entries will be judged on the principles of journalistic excellence – writing, research, originality, accuracy, incisive storytelling, analytical skills, the importance of the subject matter and the public interest.

Submissions  for the National Journalism Awards are now being accepted by the PAJ. Entries close on September 30, 2015.


Feb 09

Journalists to be trained as financial watchdogs

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AN UPCOMING workshop on Business and Financial Reporting will provide journalists as well as communications personnel at regulatory agencies with critical research and reporting skills to put public and private companies under the financial microscope.

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