Last week we popped up the road to Mandeville (it’s quite an easy trip from Kingston these days, apart from one painfully narrow and potholed stretch of road) – at the invitation of the Communication Studies students of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU).
Now, NCU is a private, faith-based institution run by the Seventh Day Adventists (to be precise, by the Jamaica Union Conference and the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists). As such, I tend to think it is rather “straight-laced.” It has its rules. All that being said, visiting there has always been a great experience. Quite recently, in the U.S. Embassy/51% Coalition’s series of events prior to the U.S. presidential elections, we visited NCU and the discussion was lively, sharp and enjoyable.
And so it was last week, as I met with a group of around 50 journalism students in the Hyacinth Chen School of Nursing – a large, powder blue building perched on a hillside. It appeared to be quite empty, apart from the students, who arrived in bunches from the main campus over the road. Ms. Sasha Rowe, a Communications student, was the organizer of the event, as part of a day of presentations on Digital Journalism. It was the Department of Communication Studies’ Journalism Week.
It started with a Skype session with NBC’s Michael Spears Jr. (@MikeSpearsNBC6) – a Miami-based news reporter, who was quite recently in Jamaica when Hurricane Matthew was hovering around. I just noticed he is now in Medellín, Colombia – reporting on the football team’s plane crash, I suspect. He told the students they should get as much experience as they possibly can, even reporting at local rather than national levels, to acquire skills and experience in multimedia and straightforward journalism.
I talked to them about blogging – first pointing out that I am neither a journalist nor a “tech” person. WordPress is just the wonderful and amazing platform that I use to put my writings on. I stressed the importance of good writing!
So, this is a short but heartfelt “thank you” to the lovely students for inviting me, for welcoming me to the big blue building and for patiently listening to my ramblings. And much more… especially, for asking many brilliant questions that kept me on my toes.
Special appreciation is due to Sasha and to Jovaney Ashman, who gave me a lovely introduction. It was a pleasure spending time with you, and I wish you all the very best in your studies and subsequent careers.
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