Journalism and broadcasting need progressive youth
Youth in journalism and broadcasting must be passionate about their involvement.
They must show it by way of their work and thrust for excellence.
I want to see young people whose work improves all the time.
For example, a youth decides to pursue journalism or broadcasting as a career.
This person should be concerned with seeking opportunities for training and experience.
If he/she is serious about becoming a journalist or broadcaster - development is supposed to be foremost on his/her agenda.
Therefore, 6 to 12 months later, the aspiring journalist or broadcaster should have gained ground on the fundamentals of the profession.
There should be noticeable development,including a strong appreciation for the media and how practitioners work.
Youth in journalism and broadcasting must want to be there.
They must feel the need to uplift the profession.
They ought to be conscious of standard, professional ethics and principles.
They must also learn to express themselves well.
I am often appalled to say the least to read and in many instances listen to the work of some aspiring young journalists and broadcasters.
Their use of English is unacceptable.
Focus ought to be on having a command of the language.
Nevertheless, I want to encourage youth in journalism and broadcasting to be persistent and strive for excellence.
Learning is life-long.
Know what you want and plan how you intend to achieve it...but never say you have made it.
Remember as well to help others along the way.
The bottom-line is - I want to see the progressive youth.
Kenroy Baptiste, 24
Anchor, GBN Television News (live), Grenada
Host, To the Point (live, call-in), GBN Radio, Grenada
(Monday-Wednesday; 9-10a.m. - to listen on the internet: www.klassicgrenada.com)
Co-executive Producer/Lead Presenter, Spice Magazine (recorded), GBN Radio, Grenada
(Monday to Friday; 12:30-1:00p.m. - likewise, go to www.klassicgrenada.com)