Broadcast journalist George Davis is new PAJ president
Broadcast journalist George Davis decided to observe things at the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ's) annual general meeting Sunday and walked out as president promising to maintain the organisation's distance from the political fray.
Davis, declined when he was first nominated by Vashan Brown of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, but after several other persons declined the nomination, veteran journalist Gillian Haughton consulted with Davis and a change of mind was secured.
Davis was nominated unopposed, and has as his vice presidents Michelle Wilson Reynolds and Haughton.
He succeeds Dionne Jackson-Miller, who could not be re-elected after serving two consecutive two-year terms.
“Thank you for investing your faith in me. It's an obvious honour. I came only to observe. I had a brief conversation with outgoing president Dionne (Jackson Miller) last Friday and she expressed a view. I gave her a counter view, and we agreed that I would just pass through, sit in and just watch the proceedings,” he told the PAJ’s annual general meeting.
"I will do my best. So far in m life I have not failed at anything I have put my faith and focus on, and I won’t fail at this. I will not fail if you help me,” said Davis.
He said it was a challenge operating in the media landscape where media professionals are judged not just by the content of what they produce, but also whether that content or the production of that content, is motivated by any political bias.
“I want to say that I will lead an executive that will uphold the tradition of keeping the PAJ outside of the political fray, doing things as professionals and as professionals only,” added Davis.
Archibald Gordon was returned as secretary with Karen Madden being his assistant, and Ceila Morgan as treasurer.
The five directors elected were: Jackson Miller, Helene Coley-Nicholson, R Christene King, Stokely Marshall and Audley Boyd.