Tuesday 30 September 2014


British Council and COSTAATT's Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communications Studies host Caribbean Newsroom Youth Symposium.

Former BBC journalist and co-founder of the Bocas Literature Festival, Marina Salandy-Brown, will be the feature speaker at the first ever Caribbean Newsroom Youth Symposium being hosted by the British Council, in collaboration with students from COSTAATT’s Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communication Studies. 

The event takes place next Tuesday, September, 30, 2014 from 9 am–2 pm at UTT Academy of Performing Arts (APA) Theatre 1, Port of Spain.

As part of the Commonwealth Games legacy programme, the British Council selected over 100 young people from across the Commonwealth to attend the Future News International Young Journalists’ Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, in April this year. 

Four students from COSTAATT’s journalism and communication studies programmes represented Trinidad and Tobago. Students from Jamaica also attended from the Caribbean. They benefitted from an international programme with contributing partners such as BBC, CNN and Reuters. 

Eager to share their experience and do a similar event in Trinidad & Tobago, the COSTAATT students have been an integral part of planning this event. The target audience are sixth form Secondary school students pursuing studies in media and communications as well as first year media and communications students at COSTAATT’s Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communication Studies.

Other speakers include: Jabari Fraser of TV6 News; Sampson Nanton, Executive Producer at CNC3 News, Earl Best and senior lecturers from the Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communication Studies, to name a few.

The aim is to introduce young people to the field of journalism by the very professionals in the industry. It is hoped that this event will not just be an information event, but an opportunity for young people to interact directly with local media professionals and engage in discussion on current issues.

For more information contact Donald La Guerre at 350-0419 or 299-3732 (mobile) or by email donald.laguerre@britishcouncil.org.tt

Please visit our website caribbean.britishcouncil.org 

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