Top Caribbean media award for JIS TV writer/producer

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Jamaica Information Service writer/producer, Carry Bishop, took home the prize for Best Television News Story at the inaugural Excellence in Caribbean Agricultural Journalism Awards which was held recently in Dominica.


An employee of the JIS television department for almost 10 years, Bishop said he was delighted that, of all the other journalists within the region, his work was “selected for recognition”.

Bishop said he submitted three news stories – one focusing on the importance of macro-economic agriculture; another on farm models, looking at the different ways people can engage themselves in farming, and the award winning piece, ‘Diversify to Compete’, focusing on the European Union’s Banana Support Program, which provides assistance to former banana farmers to venture into income generating activities other than banana farming.

This award, Bishop said, was also indicative of the work normally produced by the JIS.

“The JIS has always produced excellent work and getting this award highlights this fact and does serve as a motivator for me to continue to strive for excellence.

“Being recognized by the whole Caribbean …that is significant,” he said.

JIS CEO, Donna Marie-Rowe, said the entire management team was pleased with Bishop’s achievement, and lauded him for the “excellent features” he produces regularly.

“He takes his time and produces them (features) with quality. We are very happy that we have quality team members on our staff and we’re very proud. We just want to encourage him to continue to produce first class television features for Jamaica,” she said.

Bishop is the stepson of Share Publisher, Arnold A. Auguste.

The competition, organized by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), with assistance from the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation ACP-EU (CTA), was open to all Caribbean journalists in print, broadcast and online media.  It covered work published or broadcast between May 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011.

Winners in the other categories were: Best News Story (Print), Gaulbert Sutherland of the Stabroek News of Guyana; Best Business Feature (Print), Shaliza Hassanali of the Trinidad Guardian; and Best News Story (Radio), Antoinette Frederick of WINN FM, St Kitts and Nevis. They received cash prizes and a certificate.

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