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"I Don't Need Training." President of the former SLMWA on Professionalism

Jerry George, President of the former Media Association says, "The reality is that training not only improves your performance, but it opens doors and garners increased respect for the profession."

As I was preparing for the new semester and Monroe’s Diploma in Media Communication and Journalism, I had time to reflect how we have come full circle about the need for training to boost our media in St. Lucia. When I started in media – yes, donkey years ago – there were no training courses available. None. Getting any kind of training in media was like a trip to the moon. There was a hunkering and a yearning.

MASL Takes it to the Court this Week

CBL 2014 Schedule
This Wednesday the Media Association of Saint Lucia will challenge several business entities as select members attempt to show their prowess on the basketball court. MASL will take on Sandals Trail Blazers in its first match in the Commercial Basketball League of the St. Lucia Basketball Federation.  
MASL will vie for the Commercial Basketball title in a field of fifteen teams over through the month of September into October.  
The CBL began Friday 22 August, with two games, followed by two games on Saturday 23 August.  
GROUP A:

MASL Elects New Executive

New executive (L-R) Floor Member - Medalise Breen, Treasurer - Glen Simon, VP - Dale Elliot, President - Clinton Reynolds, Communications Officer/Asst. Secretary - Maria Fontenelle, Secretary - Stan Bishop (Photo credit: Bill Mortley Photography)

Members of the Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) have successfully elected a new Executive Committee for 2014 to 2016 at its first Biennial Meeting.  The new executive comprises President - Clinton Reynolds, Vice President - Dale Elliott, Secretary - Stan Bishop, Treasurer - Glen Simon, Communications Officer/Assistant Secretary - Maria Fontenelle, Floor Members - Medalise Breen and Kendal Eugene.

President's Report for the period 2012 to 2014

Colleagues, friends, ladies and gentlemen. Let me begin by thanking you for the confidence you have placed in me to be the foundation President of the Media Association of Saint Lucia for the period - February 2012 to April 2014. I am indeed humbled and honoured to be considered fit to represent you in this most important office. I want to thank the members of my Executive Committee who stayed the course in the interest of the organization and who provided exemplary leadership every time they were called upon to represent you on a wide range of issues for which no level of compensation would be adequate.

Country Report on the State of the Media in Saint Lucia for the period 2012 to 2014

There is dire need to focus on the professional development of the media in Saint Lucia in order to address the perception of declining standards in the media. It has also been observed that many trained, experienced and qualified individuals have exited Journalism in order to pursue greener pastures in other fields while the pace of recruiting replacements has not kept up. Often media workers are required to follow the directives of owners and mangers that are not aware of the core principles and values related to the media profession.

Election of MASL Executive Committee for 2014 - 2016

The Biennial Meeting of the Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) did not take place as scheduled because of lack of a quorum. The meeting is now postponed to Sunday 25th May 2014 at Monroe College, Barnard Hill from 3:00pm.  Reports of members of the outgoing Executive will be posted on the MASL website by Thursday 22nd May 2014; thus the sole purpose of the upcoming meeting will be the election of a new Executive Committee for the period 2014 to 2016. 

The following nominations were received during the period that nominations were open:

All Set for MASL Biennial Meeting and Election of Officers

The Biennial Meeting of the Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) will be held on Sunday 18th May 2014 at Monroe College, Barnard Hill from 3:00pm.  The main business of the meeting will be Election of a new Executive Committee for the period 2014 to 2016. Nominations have been received for the various positions on the next Executive Committee of the Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL).  The individuals will vie for the seven (7) positions that will become vacant as per the MASL Constitution.

Assembly of Caribbean Media Organisations Concludes with Call for Self-Regulation and End to Impunity

The 7th Biennial General Assembly of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) was held in Port of Spain, Trinidad on 26th October 2013. This most important meeting is held every two years so that delegates can discuss the current state of media in the Caribbean and ensure success by collaborating and harmonizing initiatives for the future.

Notice of MASL Extraordinary Meeting

An Extraordinary Meeting of the Media Association of SaintLucia (MASL) will be held on Sunday 6th October 2013 from 3:00 PM at Bay Gardens Beach Resort.

Agenda
  1. Call to Order
  2. Prayer
  3. Welcome Remarks
  4. Minutes of Last Meeting
  5. Treasurers Report
  6. Current Issues
  7. Motions
  8. ACM Biennial General Assembly
  9. Any Other Business
  10. Adjournment
  11. Refreshments

Input from Media solicited on draft Broadcast Legislation

The Ministry of the Public Service, Information & Broadcasting invites input on the Draft Broadcasting Authority/Services Bill. In that regard the Media Association of Saint Luica welcomes comments, suggestions for improvement and expression of concern on the proposed bill to be directed to the MASL through the various channels available on our contact page http://www.masl.lc/contact by 31st May 2013.

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