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Bahamas Press Club Stages 2019 Awards Ceremony
By The Bahamas Press Club 2014
Mar 4, 2020 - 10:07:39 PM

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Leon Turnquest Award for Sports Print Journalism went to Simba French – Sports Reporter, The Nassau Guardian. Pictured presenting the award is Anthony Capron, Press Club President (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)

“Media in the Digital Age”

Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Press Club held its Fifth Annual Media Awards Ceremony themed: “Media in The Digital Age”, in Black Tie fashion at the British Colonial Hilton on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

The awards ceremony was held under the Patronage of Their Excellencies The Most Honourable Cornelius A. Smith, ON, Governor-General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Mrs. Clara Smith.

The evening attracted many who laid the foundation for a thriving media profession in the country. There was entertainment by Solo, lots of gifts and prizes.

Anthony Capron, President of The Bahamas Press Club 2014, underscored that “from the beginning of time and through the ages, the central message has not changed. What has changed, overtime, is the method by which that message is brought to the public.”

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Best News Story, Print, was awarded to Nico P Scavella, Reporter, The Tribune. Presenting the award is President, Bahamas Press Club, Anthony Capron. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)

Communication has transitioned from rock paintings of zigzag lines, dots, and symbols during the Stone Age, to this current era of new communication technologies. Now, stories can be typed and transmitted; photographs taken and sent; newspapers read; radio listened to; and television watched from one medium alone: a smartphone, Capron described.

A Blue Ribbon Panel of judges spent record-breaking hours reviewing the works submitted by the media in various categories including hard news, sports, features, business, politics, investigative, columns, documentaries and social media. The work must have been printed or aired between November 2018 and August 16, 2019. The deadline for submission was August 17, 2019.

The Press Club selected for the Trail Blazer Award, the Rt Hon Hubert Alexander Ingraham, Former Prime Minister, for establishing the framework private broadcasting and Cable TV, throughout The Bahamas.

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Best Editing for Television News Story or Documentary award went to Shamiko Gilbert, Eyewitness News. Accepting on his behalf is Judah Forbes, production manager, Eyewitness News. Presenting the award is Anthony Capron, President, Bahamas Press Club. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)

And, the top honour for the evening – The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award, the recipient was journalist and diplomat Ed Bethel who began his journalistic career in 1959 at the Nassau Tribune under the tutelage of Sir Etienne Dupuch and Sir Arthur Foulkes. He went on to join ZNS as a sports in 1963, and spend many years there, worked at JCN and other news agencies; a stint a Bahamas Information Services as its Executive Director and served as Consul General to New York and as High Commissioner to the Court of St. James’s, London, and Ambassador to the European Union. He is also a former President of The Bahamas Press Club.

SEE BELOW, THE LIST OF CATEGORIES AND WINNERS:

1 - Leon Turnquest Award for Sports Print Journalism -

WINNER - Simba French – Sports Reporter, The Nassau Guardian

2 – The Phil Smith Award for Outstanding Sports Broadcast Journalism

WINNER: Jay Phillipe, Sports Reporter, ZNS (Northern Station)

The Kenneth Nathaniel Francis Award for Newspaper Design and Composition – WINNER: Whiteley McKinney, Page Designer, The Tribune

4 – The P. Anthony White Columnist of the Year

WINNER: Rogan Smith – Columnist 

 
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– Winner of The Best Business Story, Print or Broadcast Award is Deandre Williamson, Reporter/Editor, Jones Communications Network. Presenting the award is Anthony Newbold, Immediate Past President, Bahamas Press Club. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


5 - The Leslie Higgs Feature Writer of the Year

WINNER: Jeffarah Gibson – Features Writer, The Tribune

 

6 - The Cyril Stevenson Award for Outstanding Political Journalism

WINNER:  Genea Noel-Ferguson – Editor, Eyewitness News

 

7 – Best Documentary, Television (Long: 30 minutes to 1 hour)

WINNER: Clint Watson – Editor/Producer, Eyewitness News

 

8 - Best Documentary, Television (Short: 5 minutes to 30 minutes)

WINNER: Kenton Hepburn  - Digital Communications Officer, and Office of the Prime Minister.


9 – Best News Story, Broadcast

WINNER: Apryl Sands, Reporter, Eyewitness News

 

10 – Best News Story, Print

WINNER: Nico P Scavella, Reporter, The Tribune

 

11 – Best Business Story, Print or Broadcast

WINNER: Deandre Williamson, Reporter/Editor, Jones Communications Network

 

12 – Best Editing for Television News Story or Documentary

WINNER: Shamiko Gilbert, Eyewitness News

 
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The Social Media Award winner is Eyewitness News, Eyewitness News Facebook Page. Accepting the award is Clint Watson, editor and producer. The award was presented by Jason McDowall of Bahamas Local.Com. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


13 – Best Producer Award, Studio Live

WINNER: Genea Noel –Ferguson, Editor, Eyewitness News

 

14 – Best Producer Award, Live to Tape

WINNER: Shanaye Smith, Communications Officer, Office of the Prime Minister

 

15 – Website of the Year

WINNER:  ZNS (Gina Bethel)

 

16 – Social Media Award

WINNER: Eyewitness News, Eyewitness News Facebook Page

 
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The winner of the PAHO-WHO Excellence in Health Promotion Award is Tosheena Robinson-Blair, Publicist & Freelance News Anchor. She was represented by Krisin Beneby of Bahamas Sickle Cell Association. Presenting the award are Dr Ester De’Gourville, PAHO Country Rep Bahamas; and Anthony Capron, Press Club President. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


17 - Best Cinematography (Documentary)

WINNER: Kenton Hepburn, Digital Communications Officer, Office of the Prime Minister

 

18 – Best Video Editing

WINNER: Keesha Bethell, ZNS

 

19 – Best Newscast

WINNER: ZNS Northern Station 

 
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Best Cinematography (Documentary) Award winner is Kenton Hepburn, Digital Communications Officer, Office of the Prime Minister. Presenting the award is Anthony Capron, President, Bahamas Press Club and Rissie Demeritte, Sr Manager, Communications, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)



20 – The Bahamas Press Club Student Media Award

WINNER: Anneisha Jones, University of the Bahamas Media Journalism School

 

21 – PAHO-WHO Excellence in Health Promotion Award

WINNER: Tosheena Robinson-Blair, Publicist & Freelance News Anchor 

 
Usually hosted in November of each year, The Bahamas Press Club 2014’s 2019 Awards Ceremony was postponed by Hurricane Dorian. As preparations for the November 2020 ceremony begin, The Bahamas Press Club 2014 looks forward to a continued outward expression of resilience- from members of the media and, overall, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

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Best Producer Award, Studio Live went to Genea Noel –Ferguson, Editor, Eyewitness News. The award was presented by President, Bahamas Press Club, Anthony Capron. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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Winner of the Best Newscast Award is ZNS Northern Station. Accepting on behalf of ZNS, Italia Hall. The award is being presented by Dwayne Ferguson, Director of Technical Planning, Bahamas Power & Light Company and Anthony Capron, President, Bahamas Press Club. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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Best Producer Award, Live to Tape, went to Shanaye Smith, Communications Officer, Office of the Prime Minister. Presenting the award are: Anthony Capron, President, Bahamas Press Club, and Kendenique Campbell-Moss, Marketing Operations Manger, Aliv. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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The Award for Best Video Editing went to Keesha Bethell, ZNS. The award is being presented by Anthony Capron, President, Bahamas Press Club, and Keith Gomez, Deputy General Manager, Operations, ZNS. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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The Kenneth Nathaniel Francis Award for Newspaper Design and Composition went to Whiteley McKinney, Page Designer, The Tribune. Pictured presenting the award is Anthony Capron, Press Club President. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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The Website of the Year Award went to the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahmamas (ZNS). Accepting the award is Gina Bethel, presented by Anthony Capron, Press Club President and Mike Smith, Chairman, ZNS. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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The Phil Smith Award for Outstanding Sports Broadcast Journalism went to Randy Smith – Sports Reporter Eyewitness News. Pictured presenting are Anthony Capron, Press Club President; Smith; and Kermit Taylor, Bahamas Athletics. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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The Leslie Higgs Feature Writer of the Year is Jeffarah Gibson, Features Writer, The Tribune. Presenting the award are: Kevin Harris, Director General, Bahamas Information Services and President, Bahamas Press Club, Anthony Capron. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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The Award for Best News Story, Broadcast, went to Apryl Sands, Reporter, Eyewitness News. Accepting on her behalf is Clint Watson, editor and producer, Eyewitness News. Presenting the award is President, Bahamas Press Club, Anthony Capron. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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Winner of the Best Documentary, Television (Long: 30 minutes to 1 hour) is Clint Watson, Editor/Producer, Eyewitness News. Pictured presenting the award are: Anthony Capron, President, Bahamas Press Club and Rissie Demeritte, Sr Manager, Communications, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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The winner of the Best Documentary Award, Television (Short: 5 minutes to 30 minutes) is Kenton Hepburn - Digital Communications Officer, and Office of the Prime Minister. Pictued presenting the award is Anthony Capron, President, Bahamas Press Club and Mavis Johnson-Collie, Corporate & Consumer Relations Manager, Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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The Cyril Stevenson Award for Outstanding Political Journalism went to Genea Noel-Ferguson, Editor, Eyewitness News. Presenting the award are Anthony Capron, President, Bahamas Press Club and Michael Stevenson. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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The P. Anthony White Columnist of the Year is Rogan Smith, Columnist. Pictured presenting the award is Anthony Newbold, Immediate Past President, Bahamas Press Club. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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The Bahamas Press Club Trailblazer Award was presented to The Rt Hon Hubert Alexander Ingraham, Former Prime Minister for expanding private broadcast capability. He was represented by his daughters, Mrs. Keisha Taylor and Ms. Kelli Ingraham. Pictured from left to right are: Lindsay Thompson, Press Club Secretary; Ms. Kelli Ingraham; Anthony Capron, Press Club President; Mrs. Keisha Taylor; and Anthony Newbold, Immediate Past President Press Club. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club)


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Journalist and Diplomat Edison “Ed” Bethel received The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award – the highest honour presented at the Fifth Annual Bahamas Press Club Media Awards ceremony. Pictured from left to right: Kevin Harris, Director-General, Bahamas Information Services; Damian Blackburn, Chief Aliv Officer and Title Sponsor of the awards; Eileen Carron, editor and publisher, The Tribune; Ed Bethel; Anthony Capron, president, Bahamas Press Club; Lindsay Thompson, Secretary, Bahamas Press Club and Anthony Newbold, Immediate Past President, Bahamas Press Club. (PHOTO/Vincent Vaughan, Bahamas Press Club.


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