AUDIO: Civic Responsibility of Media in SVG

The discussion focused on the civic responsibility of media in SVG.

Please click here to listen to my presentation at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College Panel discussion on “What is the Civic Responsibility of the media in St Vincent and the Grenadines?” on August 22, 2012 in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). You can find the prepared text here, which differs in some regards to what I actually said.

I was asked to speak on “Foreign influences: what comes into SVG, what goes out of SVG via: the Internet, social media — especially photographs; music and music videos; movies and television programmes and lifestyle images and information”.

(The recording is courtesy the National Broadcasting Corporation and I edited it somewhat, removing repeated words, clicks from the microphone, etc., for your listening pleasure.)

The other panellists were Colin Williams, Kendol Morgan, and Bernard Joseph.

Williams, the Director of Public Prosecutions, was asked to speak on “The legal, ethical and moral issues pertaining to the media in SVG”.

Morgan, a media consultant, and an experienced media practitioner, was asked to speak on “News: gathering, assessment, how it is reported, sensationalising, in good taste or poor taste and, what is in the public interest?”

Joseph, a media consultant, was asked to speak on “The Media in SVG: radio, television, newspapers and social media. Which is most popular, most influential, most accessible? The advent of radio ‘talk shows’/’call in’ programmes, ‘Facebook’, ‘BBMs’ etc., mobile/smartphones, advertising.”

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