JBG “Fair Play” Awards Winners 2000/2001 – 2010/2011
“The range of media houses that received recognition for “Fair Play” each year seems to indicate that an improvement is being seen in the quality of news reporting across media segments. Jamaica Broilers Group is as gratified by this development as we are by the increased number of journalists who submit entries to be assessed for the awards.”
Dr. Claudette Cooke
Vice President, HRD & PR – Jamaica Broilers Group
Since Jamaica Broilers Group initiated the annual “Fair Play” Awards in the year 2000 in recognition of the powerful and influential role that the media plays in forging public opinion and responses and the need to, therefore, to encourage them to strive for fairness and balance in the way they report the news, the popularity of the competition has increased significantly among practitioners in all segments of the media, including respected commentators on various aspects of national life. Here’s a quick overview of the award winners to date and the rewards they have received.
The Award Winners
Only one award – for the top series in the print or electronic media – was offered initially for work done in 2000/2001. That inaugural “Fair Play” award of a trophy and $50,000.00 cash was presented in September 2001 to the TVJ team of Anthony Miller, Yvette Rowe and Carol Francis. As would be the case in successive years, JBG also provided cash awards for journalists whose entries placed 2nd and 3rd, overall, on the judges’ score sheets.
By the following judging period – 2001/2002 – the Group had established separate cash awards for the Print and Electronic media segments … and presented Klao Bell (then) of the Gleaner with the “Fair Play” – PRINT award and Nationwide with the Fair Play – ELECTRONIC award – each valued at $50,000.00
For the 2002/2003 Awards year, all of the cash awards were doubled. The Gleaner team of Glenda Anderson, Yvonne Chin, Phyllis Thomas and Omar Anderson, therefore, collected $100,000.00 for winning the “Fair Play” – PRINT award; Nationwide – which was still stabled at Power 106 – was on a roll and, for the second consecutive year, nabbed the “Fair Play” Award for the ELECTRONIC media … and the pay-out to that medium was $100,000.00.
In 2004, CVM TV entered the fray and captured the top “Fair Play” award for the Electronic media with an entry by Lydia Thompson, Deon Brown and Rupert Campbell. The counterpart “Fair Play” award for Print was won by Desmond Allen, for his series of interviews in the Sunday Observer. Again, the Group rewarded the four winners of the top awards and the 2nd and 3rd places with cash, trophies and Certificates of Merit.
Of significance, too, is the fact that the number of entries submitted for the 2003/2004 judging period had increased so substantially that the judges had to ask that entrants for the 2004/2005 awards and beyond do their own preliminary judging and submit no more than what they considered their two best series of stories or programmes.
In 2005, the JBG “Fair Play” Award – Electronic went to Natalie Campbell of IRIE FM, while the “Fair Play” Award – Print went to the Gleaner team of Trudy Simpson and Leonardo Blair. Each set of winners received $100,000.00 for their winning entries.
In early 2006, the Group announced a further 50% increase in the cash prize for the top two “Fair Play” Award winners, as well as for the two who placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively. This meant that, in addition to their trophies, the winners of the JBG Fair “Fair Play” Print and Electronic each received a cash prize of $150,000.00 – up from $100,000 the previous year. In addition, the first runner-up for Print or Electronic in the 2005/2006 awards was presented with a cash prize of $30,000.00, while the second-runner-up received $15,000.00.
The two top awards for the 2005/2006 Awards year were shared as follows: Durrant Pate of The Sunday Herald won the “Fair Play” – Print Award and $150,000.00; the CVM TV team of Kerlyn Brown, Sonia Stewart-Perkins, Richard Delaphena and Damion Brown won the “Fair Play” – Electronic Award and $150,000.00.
In 2007, the Jamaica Broilers Group “Fair Play” Award – Print went to Tyrone Reid of The Gleaner for his series “Health Sector Under the Microscope”. The “Fair Play” ELECTRONIC Media Trophy went to Nationwide Radio – Digital AM for the breaking news story, “The Solutrea Affair” – the only entry that year which was placed by all five judges. Both winning received a cash award of $150,000.00 each.
Reporter Ingrid Brown created history in 2008 when she took the “Fair Play” Award – Print for the 2007/2008 judging period – thereby putting the paper for which she worked, the Jamaica Observer, on the Fair Play Awards Trophy for the first time. She won for her series on the town of Gobay – featured in “Death of a Town”; “Gobay’s Rebirth”, et al, and took home $150,000.00 and a trophy in the process. And the Nationwide News Network’s investigative team won the “Fair Play” Award – Electronic for the 4th time in the Awards’ 8-year history. The team’s winning entry was its breaking news exclusive “Behind the Wrecker Service Racket” and it also won the team a cash award of $150,000.00.
It should be noted that a record number of entries – a total of 41 – were received for the 2007/2008 judging year. This was almost double the number that was received for 2006/2007. Twenty three (23) of entries received were from the print media, with the remaining 18 coming from the electronic media – 11 from Television and 7 from Radio.
The Gleaner Company’s Tyrone Reid got his second hold on the Jamaica Broilers Group “Fair Play” Award – Print in 2009, when his feature, “The Ammunition Affair”, was selected by the judges as the one which best exemplified excellence in the print media. His reward was a $150,000.00 cash prize.
Meanwhile, the top award for the Jamaica Broilers Group “Fair Play” Award – Electronic returned to CVM Television, when the team of Andrew Canon, Sonia Stewart, Omar Green & Racquel Reece captured the Award for their 2-part series “In Arms Way”. That entry was placed in 1st position by four of the five judges – making it not only the top entry, overall, for the 2008/2009 judging year, but also marked the first occasion in the history of the Awards on which so many judges had placed one entry 1st. The team took home a cash prize of $150,000.00.
Milestone 10th ANNIVERSARY YEAR: 2009/2010
The Fair Play Award – Electronic went to an independent production house in 2010 for the Advanced Media Productions-produced “Our Very Own: Locked Up Abroad” documentary. The feature, which was first aired on Television Jamaica (TVJ), resulted in the team of Racquel Reece, Julius J. Levy, Nigel Ricketts, Chris Carter and Kerie Ann Lewis receiving the JBG Trophy and a cash award of $250,000 for their very sensitive, thorough and informative feature.
The Gleaner’s Daraine Luton copped the Fair Play Award – Print for the first time, taking home the JBG trophy and $150,000 cash for his entry “Haitian Earthquake Disaster”. The judges applauded his compelling account of a tragic event – one in which they said transmitted the sights, sounds even smells of events in Haiti.
The Fair Play Award – Electronic went to Television Jamaica for the second time in the 11-year history of the programme. The heart warming, inspirational entry – ‘The Story of Romall Lawrence: The 12-year-old Boy with Cerebral Palsy’ - was placed first overall by three judges and second by a fourth judge. The feature was described by the judges as ‘great television’ and an ‘excellent feature’. The TVJ winning team comprised Nadine McLeod, Raymond Lawson, Ivan Shaw, Everton Thorpe, Glenford Campbell & Tamika Carter who received the JBG Trophy and a cash award of $250,000.
The Gleaner’s team of Tyrone Reid and Mark Beckford was awarded the Fair Play Award – Print for the investigative reporting entry ‘Jamaica’s Shame: The Golden Age Story’. The award was Tyrone Reid’s third and Mark Beckford’s first. The judges described the entry as ‘top notch investigative reporting’ and ‘heartbreakingly vivid in its portrayal of human misery and poverty’. It was the only entry placed by all five judges.