Sun | Dec 15, 2019

Inspiring speech, Madam Editor

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:37 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

It is so refreshing to see that The Gleaner has seen it quite fitting to bring on board an outsider to take on the role of editor-in-chief. I am very impressed with how Kaymar Jordan has gone about doing her job so far.

I noticed her recent speech at a Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) forum, which I think should inspire persons who claim to have a vested interest in being the voice of the society.

With the exception of Cliff Hughes and Emily Crooks Shields, Jamaica is lacking hard-core journalists who are willing to be the voice of society.

Too often in recent times, the Jamaican media has dropped the ball on critical issues facing the average citizen, and Ms Jordan is right to urge media workers to go to the heart of the story.

I was a radio and newspaper correspondent for 22 years, and the majority of my articles originated from walking the highways and byways. Nowadays, reporters need to arm themselves with their equipment and go out in the field and talk to people.

JOHN TAVARES