“[…] Gary Lineker, an accomplished former footballer for England, tweeted that the government set out an ‘immeasurably cruel policy being directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s’. “One sympathetic piece in The Guardian (UK) suggested that Gary can become …Read More »
Dear Editor: I’ve tried to correct mistakes of grammar and pronunciation in the media, but they ‘held out’
“[…] Introducing a pair of reporters to bring listeners up to date on a particular issue, night after night, the CNC3 tag team of news presenters tells us, for example, ‘Here is Radhica and Kristian de Silva…’ “The de Silvas are husband and wife and, therefore, a team. Thus, the …Read More »
Early Bird: Conversations with Keith Smith, a journalist looking to make T&T and the world a better place
Keith Smith left us in early February. I know that but I still don’t remember the precise date. And one February afternoon this year, a phone call from a former colleague brought back a fond memory of him. A timely one. “Covid’s over,” she complained, “but I still cyar see …Read More »
Let’s give Tony Cozier the high honour he so richly deserves, says ‘Reds’ Perreira
Legendary Caribbean cricket radio commentator Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira has called for his late colleague and friend Tony Cozier to be honoured posthumously. The suggestion came during the closing ceremony of the inaugural Cozier and Perreira T-6 Cup, which was played over the 15-18 April Easter weekend at the Cave Hill …Read More »
Daly Bread: The Government and the Media; distracting the watchdog of our minds
Marshall McLuhan, Canadian educator and philosopher, published work in 1964 which became fundamental to understanding the media in the electronic age—even though electronic communication, as we know it, had not yet been invented. He created the famous phrases ‘global village’ and ‘the medium is the message’. McLuhan posited, in summary, …Read More »
Dear Editor: Shouldn’t the media make the distinction between CXC and GCE grading?
‘[…] ‘Distinction’ is a term which was used in the GCE ‘O’ and ‘A-Level’ examinations and has no place or equivalence in CXC’s grades. CXC simply says that a particular performance was excellent. ‘CXC uses criterion reference assessment, a procedure that can be compared to having qualifying standards in Athletics… …Read More »
Media Monitor: Why CWI Media’s Covid-enforced changes would not have cramped Cozier’s style
Kraigg Brathwaite embarrassed us all in the second innings of the Second Test in Sri Lanka last month but few seemed to notice. The West Indies Test skipper finished with 1/11 in his five overs after ending a troublesome 51-run sixth wicket partnership by having Ramesh Mendis caught by Kemar …Read More »
Media Monitor: Cricket coverage in the time of Covid; is the CWI media officer friend or foe?
Covid-19 has forced the postponement of the ODI half of the West Indies’ 2021 six-match Pakistan tour, six players and three team officials being required to withdraw into quarantine. We know eight names: Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Justin Greaves, assistant coach Roddy Estwick and …Read More »
Dear Editor: Don’t condone law-breaking, Fazeer! TTPS have to enforce law in Barrackpore
“[…] Based on the video images provided by the local news media, it would appear that the actions of some of the protesters were illegal… The police officers have a duty to enforce the law. “[…] Mr Fazeer Mohammed unleashed a tirade of abuse against the police… The police officers …Read More »
B&B Ep 11: Fazeer Mohammed on sport, journalism and getting it right
TV6 Morning Edition host and veteran cricket analyst Fazeer Mohammed tells Burdie and Barney why Trinidad and Tobago football—and much besides in the twin island republic—is spinning top in mud, and discusses sport journalism, standing up for change, and why he is falling out of love with Liverpool FC. Subscribe …Read More »
Media Monitor: Where have all the scholars gone? Should the Fourth Estate know the answer?
Two things happened this week to set me off on the path on which I am about to embark. The first, not in chronological order, was the passing of the Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (Caiso) head Colin Robinson, which occurred in the US on Thursday morning. Colin …Read More »
Media musings—Pt 2: Opinion, reporting and commentary; the reason I write
“If you believe only in facts and forget stories,” Cassandra Clare writes in Lord of Shadows, “your brain will live but your heart will die.” So here is a short story that illustrates, I think, how the brain keeps itself alive, serendipitously collecting its own facts. Green Corner, Port-of-Spain, circa …Read More »