Media in the Digital Age Bahamas Press Club Stages Awards Ceremony – Magnetic Media

Posted: March 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm

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#NASSAU, The Bahamas March 4, 2020 The Bahamas Press Club held its Fifth Annual Media Awards Ceremony themed: Media in The Digital Age, in Black Tie fashion at the British Colonial Hilton on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Theawards ceremony was held under the Patronage of Their Excellencies The MostHonourable Cornelius A. Smith, ON, Governor-General of The Commonwealth of TheBahamas and Mrs. Clara Smith.

Theevening attracted many who laid the foundation for a thriving media professionin the country. There was entertainment by Solo, lots of gifts and prizes.

Anthony Capron, President of The Bahamas Press Club 2014,underscored that from the beginning of time and through the ages, the centralmessage has not changed. What has changed, overtime, is the method by whichthat message is brought to the public.

Communication has transitioned from rock paintings of zigzaglines, dots, and symbols during the Stone Age, to this current era of newcommunication technologies. Now, stories can be typed and transmitted;photographs taken and sent; newspapers read; radio listened to; and televisionwatched from one medium alone: a smartphone, Capron described.

A BlueRibbon Panel of judges spent record-breaking hours reviewing the workssubmitted by the media in various categories including hard news, sports,features, business, politics, investigative, columns, documentaries and socialmedia. The work must have been printed or aired between November 2018 andAugust 16, 2019. The deadline for submission was August 17, 2019.

The Press Club selectedfor the Trail Blazer Award, the Rt HonHubert Alexander Ingraham, Former Prime Minister, for establishing theframework private broadcasting and Cable TV, throughout The Bahamas.

And, the top honour for the evening The Etienne Dupuch LifetimeAchievement Award, the recipient was journalist and diplomat Ed Bethel who began his journalisticcareer in 1959 at the Nassau Tribune under the tutelage of Sir Etienne Dupuchand Sir Arthur Foulkes. He went on to join ZNS as a sports in 1963, and spendmany years there, worked at JCN and other news agencies; a stint a BahamasInformation Services as its Executive Director and served as Consul General to New York and as HighCommissioner to the Court of St. Jamess, London, and Ambassador to theEuropean Union. He isalso a former President of The Bahamas Press Club.


1 Leon Turnquest Award for Sports Print Journalism

WINNER Simba French Sports Reporter, The Nassau Guardian

2 The Phil Smith Award for Outstanding Sports BroadcastJournalism

WINNER: Jay Phillipe, Sports Reporter, ZNS (NorthernStation)

The Kenneth Nathaniel Francis Award for Newspaper Design andComposition WINNER: Whiteley McKinney, PageDesigner, The Tribune

4 The P. Anthony White Columnist of the Year

WINNER: Rogan Smith Columnist

5 The Leslie Higgs Feature Writer of the Year

WINNER: Jeffarah Gibson Features Writer, The Tribune

6 The Cyril Stevenson Award for Outstanding Political Journalism

WINNER: Genea Noel-Ferguson Editor, Eyewitness News

7 Best Documentary, Television (Long: 30 minutes to 1 hour)

WINNER: Clint Watson Editor/Producer, Eyewitness News

8 Best Documentary, Television (Short: 5 minutes to 30 minutes)

WINNER: Kenton Hepburn DigitalCommunications Officer, and Office of the Prime Minister.

9 Best News Story, Broadcast

WINNER: Apryl Sands, Reporter, Eyewitness News

10 Best News Story, Print

WINNER: Nico P Scavella,Reporter, The Tribune

11 Best Business Story, Print or Broadcast

WINNER: Deandre Williamson, Reporter/Editor, JonesCommunications Network

12 Best Editing for Television News Story or Documentary

WINNER: Shamiko Gilbert, Eyewitness News

13 Best Producer Award, Studio Live

WINNER: Genea Noel Ferguson, Editor, Eyewitness News

14 Best Producer Award, Live to Tape

WINNER: Shanaye Smith, Communications Officer, Officeof the Prime Minister

15 Website of the Year

WINNER: ZNS (Gina Bethel)

16 Social Media Award

WINNER: Eyewitness News, Eyewitness News FacebookPage

17 Best Cinematography (Documentary)

WINNER: Kenton Hepburn, DigitalCommunicationsOfficer, Office of the Prime Minister

18 Best Video Editing

WINNER: Keesha Bethell, ZNS

19 Best Newscast

WINNER: ZNS Northern Station

20 The Bahamas Press Club Student Media Award

WINNER: Anneisha Jones, University of the Bahamas Media JournalismSchool

21 PAHO-WHO Excellence in Health Promotion Award

WINNER: Tosheena Robinson-Blair, Publicist &Freelance News Anchor

Usually hosted in November ofeach year, The Bahamas Press Club 2014s 2019 Awards Ceremony was postponed byHurricane Dorian. As preparations for the November 2020 ceremony begin, TheBahamas Press Club 2014 looks forward to a continued outward expression ofresilience- from members of the media and, overall, The Commonwealth of TheBahamas.

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