Giants win at Gleaner 180 awards
Marketing Counselors Limited last Wednesday walked away with the Top Billing Award at The Gleaner's 180th anniversary celebrations.
In second place was the Advertising and Marketing Company, followed by the OGM Integrated Communications Limited.
With Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller leading the applause, it was a beaming Susan Fox, vice-president of Marketing Counselors Limited, who hailed the latest milestone for her company.
"We are eternally grateful for this award. It's always a pleasure working with The Gleaner and we look forward to another successful year," declared Fox.
Other persons and organisations recognised included Manpower and Maintenance Services Limited for outstanding support services; the Bank of Nova Scotia for outstanding banking services; and Blossom Wynter of the Castleton Primary School, who was the top Children's Own coordinator.
Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of The Gleaner's Alumni Awards which were presented to Claude Robinson, media and communication specialist; Jean Lowrie-Chin, public relations consultant; and Carmen Tipling, former chief executive officer for the Jamaica Information Service.
Popular talk-show host, Dr Barbara Gloudon, was also honoured but was not present to collect her award.
IMPORTANCE OF TEAMWORK
Tipling, who started working with The Gleaner in 1965, said that she learnt the importance of teamwork and honesty, adding that journalists should at all times uphold good ethics and standards in their approach.
"My time at The Gleaner created an opportunity for networking and teamwork. What really stood out for me, however, is the importance of ensuring that as a journalist you get the facts right, and that aspect of media is very critical.
"I would encourage persons in the field to let integrity guide you and always bear in mind that the story is never about them, even though their byline is on the story," she declared.
Managing director of The Gleaner, Christopher Barnes, expressed gratitude to persons who have created a strong foundation, along with business clients who he said have contributed greatly to the longevity of the company.
"Even though we have been expanding our platforms and trying to stay relevant, we could not have done it without those persons who have laid the foundation and have done excellent work over the years, and I salute all of you," said Barnes.
"I also want to show my appreciation to our clients who continue to do business with us, because without you, we wouldn't be here tonight. We thank you for making us the place of choice and our aim is to improve the service, ensuring that it is of the highest standard," added Barnes.