Sunday, 4 November 2018

Ivan Johnson to Receive Pioneer Award


   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  
    November 4, 2018

Punch Publisher Ivan Johnson to receive Pioneer Award at Press Club Media Awards Ceremony

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Press Club announces that Publisher of The Punch, Ivan Nicholas Johnson is this year’s recipient of The Pioneer Award for newspaper publication.
Said to be provocative and controversial but eminently successful, Johnson is the only Bahamian to have worked as a Star sub-editor and journalist at newspapers on Fleet Street, London. 

Johnson is founder and editor of The Punch, a controversial Bahamian tabloid newspaper, which also offers other genre of media including hard news, politics, religion, commentary, features, Government notices and private advertising.

Johnson will receive the honour on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the British Colonial Hilton, in a Black Tie, Red Carpet event. Other members of the media will be recognized for their work in various capacities.
Again, Her Excellency the Most Hon Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, will serve as Patron.

This year’s theme is: “Celebrating 45 Years of Bahamian Media 1973-2018”, and Title Sponsor is IL Cares Foundation and Verizon Media Group. Other major sponsors are Aliv, Sunshine Holdings Ltd. Royal Fidelity, ZNS, The Nassau Guardian, The Tribune, The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and many other supporters of Bahamian media.

Ivan Nicholas Johnson was born on June 27, 1953 in Nassau, The Bahamas. He was educated at Queen’s College in Nassau, Bahamas and at the Seaford Court Preparatory School at Malvern Link, Worcestershire. His high school education was completed at Malvern College where he took O and, A levels in English literature and Spanish. He later studied Spanish during a summer break at the University of Valladolid.

This journalist is also a former professional, all rounder, English first-class cricketer, who played for Worcestershire County Cricket Club from 1972 to 1975.  From 1972, during the English county cricket offseason winter months; Johnson was employed as a trainee reporter at The Tribune newspaper in Nassau.

In October 1975, Johnson became a trainee journalist with Thomson Newspapers, owned by Lord Thomson of Fleet. He worked at the Hemel Hempstead Evening Post-Echo and studied at the Harlow College of Journalism in Essex. This training was followed by one year's cadetship at Reuters.

Johnson returned to Nassau in 1976. At The Tribune, two chief reporters had quit without warning. Johnson agreed to act as the newspaper's chief reporter up to the 1977 general election.

In October 1976, Johnson clashed with the Progressive Liberal Party leader, Prime Minister Lynden Pindling during the ZNS-TV radio programme, Contact. Contact was a monthly, live broadcast where Sir Lynden was questioned by journalists. Sir Lynden became angry when answering Johnson's questions. In November 1976, Sir Lynden refused to appear with Johnson. Johnson continued to goad Sir Lynden in The Tribune. After the 1977 election, Johnson returned to England and in 1979, he gained employment at The London Sun newspaper as a staff sub-editor.

In 1985, Johnson was seconded to Australia and worked as a sub-editor at The Daily Mirror (Australia), The Townsville Bulletin and The Sunday Times (Western Australia). In 1987, Johnson again returned to London. He worked as a freelance sub-editor for the London Sun, News of the World and The Sunday Times before gaining employment as a staff sub-editor at the Daily Star.

In August 1989, Johnson returned to Nassau and in February 1990, began his own tabloid format newspaper titled The Punch; its office located on Farrington Road in Oakes Field.
In 1992, on the morning of election day, The Punch ran a headline predicting the Free National Movement win over Progressive Liberal Party by 32 seats to 17. The tabloid was hence called The Prophet Punch.

To his credit, Johnson is the first and only Bahamian to have played professional cricket at the first-class and junior Test cricket level.

Johnson is the son of the late Basil L. I. Johnson, CBE DFM RAFVR who was a World War II flight sergeant.  Johnson's father was the only black Bahamian to fly in the British Royal Air Force during World War II.


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Sir Charles to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award


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      November 4, 2018

Si Charles Carter To Receive The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award at Press Club Media Awards Ceremony

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Press Club 2014 will bestow its top honour – The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award - on Sir Charles Carter for his contribution to the development of journalism and mass communications in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas for more than 50 years.

The honour will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the British Colonial Hilton, in a Black Tie, Red Carpet event. Other members of the media will be recognized for their work in various capacities.

Again, Her Excellency the Most Hon Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas will serve as Patron.

This year’s theme is: “Celebrating 45 Years of Bahamian Media 1973-2018”, and Title Sponsor is IL Cares Foundation and Verizon Media Group. Other major sponsors are Aliv, Sunshine Holdings Ltd. Royal Fidelity, ZNS, The Nassau Guardian, The Tribune, The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and many other supporters of Bahamian media.
Edward Charles Carter was born on April 13, 1943 and grew up in Nassau where he received his early education at St. John’s College and later graduated from Rhodes School in New York. He entered New York University in 1961 where he studied Business Administration in the Bachelor of Science Programme.

He furthered his studies at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Canada where in 1969 he obtained a degree in broadcast management. He then went on to complete his studies in 1974 at the University of Manchester, England where he obtained a certificate with distinction in public administration.

In 1964, he joined the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (ZNS) as a radio announcer, and subsequently became programme director, assistant general manager and was responsible for the setting up of the television service. He was also appointed general manager of television.

Sir Charles’ impact on the community was made through broadcasting: first in radio as the host of  “The Young Bahamian Show” and later on television where he hosted “Focus”, the first Bahamian television series. He was also the voice for the majority of the national events, including Independence. He created Carter Marketing in 1993 with his sons, Eddie and Mark - a company that organizes the advertising and public relations interests of a number of businesses in The Bahamas.

Sir Charles resigned from ZNS to go into business and created a number of successful ventures and worked as the Vice President of Restaurants (Bahamas) Ltd., distributors of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
He was elected to the House of Assembly in 1982 and served for 10 years as the Member of Parliament for the Holy Cross Constituency.

During the years of 1982-1992 he served as Chairman of The Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas; Chairman of the then Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly; Minister of Foreign Affairs, and in October of 1990, he was made Minister of Health where he remained until the Free National Movement won the government in August of 1992. He then served as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate up to June 1993, resigning to pursue a radio license after private radio was introduced.

In late 1999, he was granted a license to open a radio station and in August 2001, Island FM 102.9 came on the air. Charles Carter also served as General Manager of The Nassau Guardian 1844 Ltd., one of the oldest newspapers in the region, located on Carter Street, Oakes Field.

A teller of Bahamian stories and a preserver of Bahamian culture, he was also co-chair of the National Independence Committee, for the 40th Anniversary of The Bahamas’ Independence celebrations in 2013.

Sir Charles and Lady Carter have two sons Eddie and Mark, five grandchildren and one great-grand child.
Sir Charles continues to record the history of this illustrious country – The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
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Facts:
Other recipients of The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award were: Eileen Carron, Editor and Publisher of The Tribune in 2015. Calsey Johnson, former broadcaster and General Manager of ZNS in 2016. Gladstone Thurston, journalist, in 2017.

Contact
To learn more, please contact:
Lindsay Thompson
Secretary
242-434-5643
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The Press Club Media Awards - Meet The Nominees


November 4, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Press Club Media Awards – Meet The Nominees

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The best in Bahamian media would be recognized for their hard work and dedication in the field of journalism and mass communications, during The Bahamas Press Club Media Awards scheduled for Saturday, November 10, 2018.

The Black Tie, Red Carpet event will be held in the Governor’s Ballroom at the British Colonial Hilton, under the Patronage of Her Excellency the Most Hon Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

This year’s theme is: “Celebrating 45 Years of Bahamian Media 1973-2018”, and Title Sponsor is IL Cares Foundation and Verizon Media Group. Other major sponsors are Aliv, Sunshine Holdings Ltd. Royal Fidelity, ZNS, The Nassau Guardian, The Tribune, The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and many other supporters of Bahamian media.

The night’s top award is The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award and the recipient is veteran broadcaster and owner of Island FM, Sir Charles Carter. The Pioneer Award goes to Ivan Johnson, Publisher of The Punch and The Press Club Person of The Year will be revealed at the awards ceremony, as well as The People’s Choice Award being voted online by the public.


CATEGORIES & NOMINEES

Best Cinematography Award
1.     Eyewitness news - Eyewitness News - Sentenced to suffer
2.     Andrew Burrows - Ministry of Agriculture - We can feed ourselves ( North Andros & Long Island)

Best Editing for Television News Story
1.     Terran Knowles - NB 12 - Tradewinds

Best Editing for Television News Story or Documentary
1.    Andrew Burrows - Ministry of Agriculture - Can We Feed Ourselves – Abaco

Best Newscast
1.     Clint Watson - Eyewitness News - Labour day newscast

Best Producer Award – Packaged
1.     Apryl Sands and Shameko Gilbert - Eyewitness News - Autism: Special Place for Special People
2.     Clint Watson - Eyewitness News - Newscast Oct 4 Beyond the Headlines
3.     Andrew Burrows - Ministry of Agriculture - Can We Feed Ourselves – North Andros
4.     Genea Noel-Ferguson & Kendeno Knowles - Eyewitness News - Newscast October 1st – Cancer Registry Long Overdue

Best Television Documentary

1.     Deandre Williamson - ZNS - A history of Fox Hill
2.     Andrew Burrows - Ministry of Agriculture - Can We Feed Ourselves (Long Island & Abaco)
3.     Eyewitness News - Sentenced to Suffer
4.     Carla Palmer  - ZNS - Agriculture Now
5.     Jerome Sawyer - REV TV- Lifeline to Crooked Island

Best Television News Story

1.     Jasmine Brown - NB12/Nassau Guardian - Phenton Neymour Shares Cancer Battle
2.     Kyle Walkine - Nassau Guardian - Johnathon's Prom Night
3.     Deandre Williamson - ZNS - Shantytown Eviction Deadline Update
4.     Apryl Sands - Eyewitness News - Shanty Town Residents
5.     Genea Noel-Ferguson - Eyewitness News -Ashes or Dirt?
6.     Sancheska Brown - Eyewitness News - Girl Needs Help
7.     Theo Sealy - Eyewitness News- Child Murdered in Cross Fire

Best Video Editing Award

1.     Rossano Deal - Nassau Guardian - Special Needs Prom Night
2.     Rossano Deal - Nassau Guardian - Minnis to address the OBAN issue
3.     P Giovanni Armbrister - Eyewitness News - Tyler’s Place
4.     Shemako/Shamiko Gilbert - Eyewitness News - Labour Day Family Victim Mourns
5.     Agatha Christie - Eyewitness News - Johnson Prepares for Fight

Bursell Brandshaw Press Photographer of the Year
1.     Torrell Glinton - Nassau Guardian - Munning Road Vigil
2.     Eric Rose - BIS - Youth and Culture in The Park A Hit in St. Barnabas
3.     Eric Rose - BIS - Coverage of E. Clement Bethel Arts Festival
4.     Elizabeth Bryan - The Eleutheran -The Eleutheran

Cyril Stevenson  Award for Outstanding Political Journalism
1.     Vaughnique Toote - NB12- Minnis on Oban BPC Report

Kenneth Nathaniel Francis Award for Newspaper Design and Composition
1.     Ayhisha Small-Cleare - The Nassau Guardian
2.     Vernal Bryan - Volume 11, Issue 9 - The Eleutheran Newspaper
3.     The Tribune - The Tribune

Leon Turnquest Award for Sports Print Journalism
1.     Sheldon Longley -The Nassau Guardian - We’ve Come a Long Way in The Men's 400m
2.     Sheldon Longley – The Nassau Guardian - Steven, Shaunae shine in Shanghai
3.     Renaldo Dorsett - 10 Year Seniors - The Legend of Deandre Ayton: Part II
4.     Renaldo Dorsett - 10 Year Seniors - There Can Only Be One
5.     Simba French - The Nassau Guardian - A breakdown of The Bahamas’ medals at CARIFTA
6.     Simba French - The Nassau Guardian - Unstoppable

Leslie Higgs Feature Writer of the Year
1.     Rogan Smith - The Punch - Now, Let Me Be More Pacific, How To Avoid Getting Catfished In Classified Ads
2.     Sloan Smith - The Nassau Guardian- We Wanted the Death Penalty
3.     Cara Hunt - The Tribune - Shaunae Miller and Natajia Miller interviews
4.     Elizabeth Bryan - The Eleutheran - An Eleutheran Profile: Dorothy Elaine, Neely Rahming

Outstanding Sports Broadcast Journalism
1.     Randy Smith - Eyewitness news - Johnson Preparing for Fight
2.     Amajahl Knowles - ZNS - Klay, Mychal Thompson speak about Giving Back

P. Anthony White Columnist of the Year
1.     Inigo ‘Naughty’ Zenicazelaya - A Comic's View: Dey Can’ Be Serious With This Political BS
2.     Inigo ‘Naughty’ Zenicazelaya - A Comic's View: Left In The Dark – Again
3.     Rogan Smith - All Fun And Jokes Aside, To Beat Or Not To Beat
4.     Felicity Ingraham - A Blind Love
5.     Felicity Ingraham - Face to Face

Social Media Award of the Year
1.     Hadassah Deleveaux - Blog - Over The Hill...The Other Side
2.     Timothy Bain - 2018 Deandre Ayton NBA Draft Recap
3.     Ras De'Niro Thompson - YSC PR - Current Affairs Podcast


Student Media Journalism Award
1.     Kenton Hepburn - UB TV - Sherwood Rahming
2.     Laurencis Smith - UB TV - Ken Mullings
3.     Leah Cooper, Andrea Darville,  Berthony McDermott, Jade Bethel - UBTV - UB Grad Day
4.     Ginelle Longley - Eyewitness News - Eyewitness News

Website of the Year
1.     Rogan Smith - Blog
2.     Spice Media Group - The Eleutheran
3.     Eyewitness News

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Tickets are $150 per person.
Contact
To learn more, please contact:
Lindsay Thompson
Secretary
242-434-5643
For more about the Bahamas Press Club 2014, visit www.bahamaspressclub.org
Facebook: The Bahamas Press Club 2014