As part of the British Council's Commonwealth Class programme, over 90 Secondary schools' students in Trinidad and Tobago attended the first ever Caribbean Newsroom Youth Symposium featuring leading local journalists from BBC, CCN TV6 and CNC3.
Former BBC journalist and founder of the Bocas Lit Festival, Marina Salandy-Brown, was the feature speaker. The Caribbean Newsroom Youth Symposium was hosted by the British Council, in collaboration with students from COSTAATT’s Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communication Studies.
The University of Trinidad and Tobago’s auditorium at the National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA) was the venue for this symposium. Attendees were given the opportunity to listen to real life and applied experiences from prominent local journalists. Our aim in this initiative was to introduce young people to the field of journalism by the very professionals in the industry. The Caribbean Newsroom Youth Symposium was not simply an information event. This event also created opportunities for young people to interact directly with local media professionals and engage in discussion on current issues. These prospective journalists were given a holistic perspective on what it takes to be a journalist along with the different fields of journalism.
Some of the topics included:
- Experiences Working in a Newsroom
- Ethics in Journalism
- Social Media's Impact on News
- Introduction to COSTAATT's Journalism Programme
The Caribbean Newsroom Youth Symposium is similar to the Future News International Young Journalists' Conference. As part of the Commonwealth Games legacy programme, the British Council selected over 100 young people from across the Commonwealth. These individuals were selected 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. An additional four students from Jamaica were selected so that there was a strong Caribbean presence in Glasgow. Participants benefitted from an international programme with contributing partners such as BBC, CNN and Reuters.
Eager to share their experiences and implement a similar event in Trinidad & Tobago, the COSTAATT students were an integral part of planning the Caribbean Newsroom Youth Symposium. The target audience comprised Secondary schools’ students pursuing studies in media and communications. This event was a successful one and plans are underway for a repeat event next year.
Please see below for the speakers' biographies: