by Michael Bascombe
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, December 14, 2012 – The Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers (ACM), which represents more than 200 journalists within the Caribbean, has been granted stakeholder status with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
In a letter to the President of the ACM, Wesley Gibbings the WICB said that at a recent meeting members of the WICB agreed to expand the list of sectors deemed to be stakeholders of the Board.
“The media has been so added and your association (ACM), which represents Caribbean media workers, has been added to the list of Special Members of the WICB, with the right to attend and speak at Annual General Meetings,” according to its Board Secretary, Verlyn Faustin.
The ACM is expected to nominate a representative to attend to the interests of regional media professionals in West Indies cricket.
“We are very pleased to have been accorded this status with one of the region’s most important and enduring institutions – West Indies cricket. Hopefully, this will also have the impact of helping us grow our membership base from among the ranks of the Caribbean’s sports journalists,” said Gibbings.
The next Annual General Meeting of the WICB is set for March 2013.
The ACM is a network of journalists, media workers and media associations spanning the Caribbean Basin. It was established in Barbados in 2001 and is currently headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago.
Its membership includes media professionals and their representative organisations from countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dutch, Spanish and French-speaking Caribbean.
It holds membership of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) and the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) and is represented on the Latin American and Caribbean Forum for Media Development.