Barbadian PR Consultant thinks Crime News should be muzzled to boost Real Estate sales

Late in 2012, the Bajan Reporter was part of a Caribbean entourage of media being made aware of a new catchphrase “Citizen Security,” there were participants from Jamaica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Lucia, Anguilla, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the BVI among others…

Does this look like a posse you'd want to piss off by questioning their credentials or motives in emphasising particular items?

Does this look like a posse you’d want to piss off by questioning their credentials or motives in emphasising particular items?

Part of the training was to examine what role the press has in making the public aware of the United Nations’ concerns, one of the Moderators was a reprise from a seminar in June at Port of Spain which Bajan Reporter also attended, the media were treated to hear from Wesley Gibbings – President of the Association of Caribbean Mediaworkers. He clearly enjoyed his role to enlighten and educate his colleagues.

As great as he was, there was a bit of a downer, which was odd since the other speaker is a member of the Barbados chapter of International Business Communicators… This was Pamala Proverbs, a former member of the Nation Publishing’s Marketing Department and now in charge of her own outfit - PRMR Inc. The initial presentation she gave the participants was rather bland and reviewed what many were aware of already – the whole history of communicating from when Man could grunt to where men can now Tweet…

Proverbs’ concern was how journalists looked at potential trends in crime, and if they should be so quick to highlight these aspects, since they can mar certain Real Estate deals in the pipeline?

This dude was particularly annoyed, it seems the 2 have clashed before over Polo stories? On either side of him were colleagues from St George's & Basseterre....

This dude was particularly annoyed, it seems the 2 have clashed before over Polo stories? On either side of him were colleagues from St George’s & Basseterre…

To paraphrase Paul Keens-Douglas from years ago; who tell she do THAT?? Watch the video and see how she drew the ire of the entire room and in the end she backed right down and tried to butter up all the reporters by stating she’d rather face a psycho with a cutlass than a journalist with a pen (You see how badly she was prepared? Most of them were using laptops that  day, as pens are a bit old-fashioned now); but we all know that the media now does not get Ink by the Gallon, but purchase Bandwidth by the Terabyte!

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