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Vision

Empowering Caribbean communicators and leaders to contribute to the regional democratic process by supporting an innovative and independent Media Industry.


Mission statement

The Caribbean Media Institute is a non-profit organisation,  a think tank, resource and training centre for Caribbean:

· Evaluates current Caribbean policies, strategies and initiatives,

· provides Media resources and training for communicators and leaders,

· and suggests alternatives to regional Media challenges.

While working with Caribbean communicators to

· adapt to the evolving industry,

· strengthen their investigative techniques and leadership skills;

· facilitate Media incubators, innovators and entrepreneurs.


Our Goals:

1. Improving the standards of journalists throughout the Caribbean.

2. Providing a safe place for journalists to discuss issues important to them, specifically issues that impact           their ability to do their jobs effectively.

3. Educate practitioners and develop journalists’ skills to reach their audiences more effectively

4. Bring together key stakeholders to discuss the role of the media and to better understand and address 

     the changing media landscape and societal norms.

5. Facilitate training and development of media managers and owners in an evolving media industry with 

     dynamic business models

6. Focus on developing reporting using the SDG’s presented by UNESCO which address the major social  

    issues that impact growth and development of nations.

7. Establishing a network of investigative journalists throughout the region who will be the backbone of 

     the  Media Institute of the Caribbean alumni.

Board of Directors


Kiran Maharaj

President

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Wesley Gibbings

Vice President

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Julian Rogers (MBE)

Treasurer / 

Corporate Secretary

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Davan Maharaj

Board Member

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Byron Buckley

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President - Ms. Kiran Maharaj

She is Managing Director of Caribbean Lifestyle Communications Media Network which comprises of Music Radio 97, Ebony 104, Radio 90.5, Heartbeat 103.5, Caribbean Lifestyle Productions, and VA Films & Production Company.

Kiran Maharaj is currently the Vice-President of the Trinidad & Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA), having served three consecutive terms formerly as President. She is also sits on the Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce and is a Debates Commissioner with the Trinidad and Tobago Debates Commission.

Kiran began her career in media as a Freelance Journalist with some of the local newspapers and magazines and her passion for Journalism eventually led her to become a Freelance Correspondent for CNN World Report for two years. She has also worked in the world of film a Line Producer and has experience with film production and script writing. 

Her degrees are in Literature, Journalism, Business Administration and Marketing, including Events Marketing and Management. She also has a Masters Certificate in Internet Marketing from the University of San Francisco; Certificates from Harvard Business School in Effective Media Strategy and the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports ; and an Advanced Certificate in Guerilla Marketing. She also has several certificates from the Radio Advertising Bureau of Dallas, Texas. Her many posts have included that of Media Relations Director and Associate Producer for the Plymouth Jazz Festival, Bollywood Movie Awards, and Bollywood Music Awards.

She is a former President of the Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Trinidad. 

In 2006, Kiran was awarded a Fellowship in Broadcast Leadership and Management from the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington DC and remains the only non-U.S. Citizen selected to be part of their programme.

With over 25 years of experience in Media and Entertainment, Kiran is also the Founder of the world's first radio station for women, Heartbeat Radio 103.5FM (Trinidad and Tobago)

She was Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the International Press Institute 2012 World Congress Meeting (held in Trinidad in June 2012) where over 300 journalists from 70 countries came together. She also served as Co-Chair for the Local Organizing Committee of the IFEX (International Freedom of Expression organization) 2015 General Assembly in Trinidad.

She spends her spare time giving back to her industry via the TTPBA and MIC.



Vice President - Wesley Gibbings

is a media trainer, journalist and press freedom advocate who has been in the business for over 30 years. He has trained journalists throughout the Caribbean and in Fiji and has been a part of free expression activities in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South-East Asia.

He currently leads the ACM and is on the Board of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) and Steering Committee of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD).

Gibbings has written and presented numerous conference papers in Europe, the USA, Latin America, Africa and the South Pacific on journalism in the Caribbean and has co-authored two journalism manuals on coverage of elections and covering climate change. He is also a published poet with four collections to his name.

IN 2017, Wesley was awarded the prestigious Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist Award from the NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists - USA).



Treasurer / Corporate Secretary - Julian Rogers MBE

Julian E. Rogers MBE is one of the most recognised media practitioners in the Caribbean.

His distinguished career was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen when the Barbados Government recommended him for his 50 years in the media industry.

Rogers started his media career in his native Barbados in 1964 at Barbados Rediffusion Service at just over 16 years of age.

Since then he has gained valuable experience in television and radio as a manager, broadcaster, news anchor, producer and trainer.

His work experience has taken him across the Caribbean in both government and privately owned broadcast and publishing companies.

Ever the entrepreneur, Rogers has been involved in ground-breaking ventures in the media industry.

Education at the University of the West Indies topped his tertiary training and development.

Rogers has contributed to the training of several media workers and is credited with creating the learning on the job environment conducing to uplifting the skills of broadcasters and journalists.

His current commitment is to “deepen the training regimes that can lead to a new breed of journalists and broadcasters to better meet the expectations of our Caribbean society.” 



Board Member - Jenni Campbell

FORMER Managing Editor of The Gleaner Company Jenni Campbell is a journalist with nearly thirty years of experience in the field.

Her professional journey has taken her through several newsrooms and media management positions locally and internationally.

Her sojourn into the field of journalism began in 1987 at the Jamaica Record. From there she joined the team at The Herald, before moving to the Gleaner Company in 1994 as a Sunday Gleaner reporter.

In 1997, she joined the Gleaner’s management team as branch manager of the Western Bureau. In 2001, she was promoted to Managing Editor of The Gleaner Group.

Ms. Campbell has also headed The Gleaner’s editorial and advertising operations n the United Kingdom.

In 2010, she was elected President of the Press Association of Jamaica, a position she held for four years.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Social Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Sociology, and has lectured in journalism at the University School of Continuing Studies in Montego Bay for a number of years.

Over the years, she has developed a distinct interest in the welfare of the youth, especially our boys and her background in sociology has helped cement her focus on media and its role in this area.


Board Member - Davan Maharaj

Davan Maharaj is former Managing Editor of the Los Angeles Times. His media career began with the Trinidad Express as an investigative reporter in 1980.                            He moved to the United States to further his passion for journalism.

As a graduate of the University of Tennessee (B.A Political Science) and Yale Law School, Davan also lectured for a short time at UCLA and Chapman University.

He moved up the ladder from staff writer to Nairobi Bureau Chief, Assistant Foreign Editor and Deputy Business Editor before his current position at the LA Times.

He has received numerous awards including:

Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing, 2005.

Best Online Presentation for a Series, National Association of Black Journalists, 2005.

Newspaper Assn. of America Fellow, Summer 1999.

Best Legal Story, Orange County Bar Assoc., 1998.

Investigative and Enterprise Reporting Award, Calif. Newspaper Publishers’ Assoc. 1994.

State Bar of Calif. Golden Medallion Award, American Bar Assn. Gavel Award,

Most Outstanding Caribbean Journalist, Caribbean Publishing and Broadcasting Assoc, 1985.

Provost’s Student-Faculty Research Award, University of Tennessee, 1988

We are a Member of GIJN!

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is an international association of nonprofit organizations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism. GIJN holds conferences, conducts trainings, provides resources and consulting, and encourages the creation of similar nonprofit groups.  It was founded in 2003 when more than 300 journalists from around the world          gathered for the second Global Investigative                   Journalism Conference in Copenhagen.                                  Since then it has grown to 163 member organizations in 72 countries.​