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Countdown to the Vote for a Caribbean Media Mega-Merger

 Set-Up for a Showdown By Dr Marcia ForbesCJ Contributor The excited anticipation of the vote-count felt somewhat like national general elections in Jamaica. Would media entities RJR/Gleaner win out in their thrust to merge by securing the 75% shareholder support …

Modern Media in the Caribbean

 The following excerpts are from Marcia Forbes’ presentation at a recent forum hosted by the Press Association of Jamaica in celebration of Journalism Week. The topic was ‘Modern Media: Competition & Customer Choices’ By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor Modern Media Means …

In Jamaica, a Look at Modern Media

 Exploring the media landscape Dr. Marcia ForbesCJ Contributor National Journalism Week The Press Association of Jamaica recently hosted a week of activities in celebration of Journalism Week. They invited me to make a presentation on ‘Modern Media: Competition and Customer …

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 Local and Global Trends By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor As promised, here is another look at the proposed RJR/Gleaner merger. This announcement comes against the backdrop of a media landscape that is constantly evolving globally, regionally and locally. Media changes …

 Two media giants come together By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor #RJRGleaner Media Merger Here we were on the day before Jamaica’s August 6th celebration of it 53rd Independence Day, learning about the proposed merger of two of Jamaica’s oldest and …

 By Dr Marcia ForbesCJ Contributor Secrecy Unfolded The build-up was impressive. There was great secrecy, a stage draped in ‘silk’ with silhouetted dancers and when the curtain fell, flashing lights and tech music. “We’re ready to take over the world” …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor Mergers the new Mantra Implications of the merger between Cable & Wireless and Columbus Communications are fraught with many nuances that only the most astute and those with a keen understanding of where the future …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor Blog Promo by Journo FOR SEVERAL reasons the newspaper ad surprised me. Firstly, it was placed by a journalist, a journo as they are also called, advertising himself and his skills, in particular his blog. I’ve …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor Marriage of Social & Mobile My desktop is only for traditional work, no Facebooking, Tweeting or Instagraming. Note, though, that I do use these social networks for what I call virtual work. I know, I …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor Connecting Suppliers to Customers PROFESSOR Gordon Shirley, head honcho at the Port Authority of Jamaica, recently told us that the Jamaica Logistics Hub Initiative was designed to “leverage Jamaica’s strategic location to become an integral …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor Help Me to Believe I WANT to believe in the Jamaica Logistics Hub. I want to feel that this multi-pronged development initiative is going to help to realize the much-touted and highly optimistic Vision 2030 …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor MANY ARE quick to point out the sprinkling of women in top-level positions in Jamaica as representative of “woman power.” Then, too, the country has a female Prime Minister. These relatively few high profile women …

 Above: Tintern Abbey By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor Road Trip to Wales We packed biscuits, sandwiches, crisps (we call them chips in Jamaica but the Brits prefer crisps), fruits, a variety of drinks and filled the car tank with petrol.  …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhD CJ Contributor A FEW DAYS AGO I attended a conference called “The Business of Sport.” Several representatives from various sporting bodies, including the Olympics Association, ESPN, NFL and West Indies Cricket, were in attendance alongside government …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor The Northern Caribbean University – A Seventh-day Adventist Institution Reaching Out Recently the Northern Caribbean University invited me to serve as Keynote Speaker for the annual conference hosted by its Department of Communication Studies. The …

 Above: Volkswagen’s Super Bowl ad (Photo: VW)   By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor Keeping Abreast via Tweets I NOTICED excited tweets about Jimmy Cliff’s music being featured in a Volkswagen (VW) ad for Super Bowl 2013. Tweeps seemed genuinely impressed …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor   CLICK, SIGN ON & CASH IN Recently the public relations students at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication at the University of the West Indies invited me as their keynote speaker to discuss …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor After Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe’s recent piercing comments about Jamaican males, it was heartening to analyze responses from 57 inner-city residents who attend non-traditional high schools on the island. They gave their opinions about what …