Monday, 19 November 2018

NEWS & NOTES: 2019 Rhodes Scholarship recipient revealed + Press Association unveils Journalism Week roster of activities

>> Success Story: For new Rhodes Scholar, mama made the difference 
Manchester High old boy Chevano Baker is Jamaica’s 2019 Rhodes Scholar. The announcement was made by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen during a ceremony at King’s House on Thursday. An economist by training, the 23-year-old holds a Master’s in Financial Economics from the University of Birmingham. He grew up in Christiana, where his mother, in particular, was a tower of strength, a key player in his success story giving him principles and a firm foundation. “She is the type of mother you want. She pushes you to be yourself because of the sacrifices she makes,” he told the Gleaner. “My mother would never miss a parent-teacher meeting. She would go out of her way and even borrow money just to be at the meetings.” Next year, Baker, who got the nod for the prestigious scholarship over seven other shortlisted candidates, will pursue a PhD in Management Studies for Financial Economics at Oxford University. 

>> National Journalism Week: Public forum, awards show among scheduled events 
The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) is kicking off Journalism Week 2018 with a church service at Tarrant Baptist Church in Kingston on Sunday, Nov. 18, commencing at 10am. The annual Veterans Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 21. Ahead of the luncheon, which pays tribute to icons of the profession, a free-and-open public forum (exploring the relevance of traditional news and sports) will be hosted at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Monday, Nov. 19 at 6pm. The panel discussion will feature Miss Kiran Maharaj (President of the T&T Publishers and Broadcasters’ Association and President of the Media Institute of the Caribbean) as main speaker. The week of activities will end with the National Journalism Awards Show & After Party at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Saturday, Nov. 24, starting at 7pm. Journalism Week 2018 is being held under the theme “Zealously Guarding Press Freedom.”

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