The media has done an excellent job covering Sandy. Reporters from all disciplines seem to have gotten to every corner of the island, even the rural areas. The news channels were running all day, and social media also proved effective in keeping people up-to-date. Effective media is so important in emergencies like this as it provides comfort and cohesion to people who are scared and unsure of what to do next. A friend of mine who works at the Gleaner (the main newspaper) told me that their reporters worked around the clock to get the stories out. They even have bunkbeds at the newspaper’s main office. Big up to the media! This footage is from the Gleaner (click the title above for a link to some footage of Sandy’s aftermath).
"And all I offer here is the distilled poetry of my existence..."
Claude McKay, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, 1889-1948
I have been a reporter since 1998, covering mainly business and politics. My work has appeared in a large number of publications in Canada, the U.S. and Jamaica. I have also capitalized on the many skills journalism requires to become an all-around communications specialist. My clients have included both the public and private sector, non-profit and academia.
In addition to being a professional curious person and communicator, I have a bad case of the travel bug and can't seem to stay put. Finally, I have put my skills to work as a volunteer in the community wherever I have lived. Now, follow me as I combine these compartments of my life in Kingston, Jamaica, where I will be a volunteer with CUSO International.
I am working in Kingston with YOU Jamaica, a non-profiit organization that does mentoring and career counselling with the country's youth. CUSO is an international agency that places professionals in communities where they work to promote sustainable development.
Check out some of my work here:
The Mark News
Canadian Council For Democracy
Ottawa Business Journal
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