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Gleaner reign continues - 180-year-old newspaper tops 2014 PAJ awards

Published:Sunday | November 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The Gleaner continued its dominance of the annual National Journalism Awards by taking home 17 of the 25 awards up for grabs at the 2014 Press Association of Jamaica's banquet last Friday.

With The Sunday Gleaner reporter Ryon Jones coping the President's Award for Investigative Journalism and the UNICEF Media Award for excellence in reporting on children's issues, The Gleaner topped the 14 awards won last year.

Contributing editor Petre Williams-Raynor was another double winner, taking the NHT Award for Excellence In Journalism: Housing and Sustainable Development, as well as the Excellence in Tourism and Environment Reporting Award.

The RJR Group copped eight awards, while the judges did not name a 2014 Journalist of the Year Award because of a lack of submissions.

Guest speaker Douglas Orane urged journalists to be mindful of their sensitive and critical role in carrying out the necessary due diligence to ensure that the information reaching the public is accurate at all times.

"We want you to stick with stories through to conclusion, reflecting effective investigative journalism. For young people entering the industry, I would comment that we are not looking for stars, but for credible messengers.

"We build our trust in you as journalists over time by your display of honesty, integrity and courage displayed in the face of adversity," declared Orane.

Orane challenged journalists to value Jamaica's freedom of expression by moving well beyond merely providing information, but in so doing, to use this privilege to become agents of development.