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Journalists enhance skills in reporting youth crime and trafficking

Participants converge for a group photo during the 2-day workshop

Fifteen local and regional journalists are expected to be better equipped to report on youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) after participating in a two-day workshop at the Radisson Beach Resort.

This initiative was organised by the Media Institute of the Caribbean (MIC) and held last Friday and Saturday.

Billed as the impactful CARISECURE 2.0 Regional Journalism Training, it was facilitated by Kiran Maharaj and Wesley Gibbons, a media trainer with over 40 years of industry experience.

Journalists from Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Barbados were provided with essential tools and insights for responsible human interest reporting.

The sessions focused on several key areas, including ethical considerations in reporting on youth and TIP, understanding legal frameworks, and best practices for protecting the identities and rights of victims.

Participants described the training as “insightful and informative,” particularly valuing the emphasis on contextual storytelling, which involves providing comprehensive background information to avoid sensationalism and to foster public understanding.

Feedback from participants underscored the workshop’s value in enhancing their ability to report on sensitive issues responsibly.

Gibbons highlighted the importance of addressing dysfunctional youth behaviour and its manifestation through crime, viewing them as symptoms of broader societal problems.

“I see Caribbean societies benefiting from improved media coverage on these issues,” he told reporters in an interview.

The longstanding media practitioner commended the journalists for their participation in the training session, emphasising that improved media coverage of youth crime and trafficking will play a crucial role in helping societies address these challenges.

“Youth and crime, these are two areas of concern to all of our countries; dysfunctional youth behaviour and how that manifests through crime, those are symptoms of wider problems that are related to not only young people and not only to the sphere of criminal behaviour.

“So, I think that improved media coverage of youth in crime, trafficking in persons, and some of those specific issues that affect our societies will play a huge role in terms of our societies coming to terms with those difficulties and finding ways to address them.

The CARISECURE 2.0 initiative, under which this training falls, is part of a broader effort to enhance security and justice sector responses in the Caribbean through evidence-based policy and programming.

It also provided an opportunity for networking among regional journalists for future collaborations.

By fostering a culture of responsible journalism, the initiative aims to contribute to a more informed and engaged public, ultimately aiding in the prevention and reduction of crime and human trafficking in the region.

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