ROSEAU, Dominica, Feb 5, CMC – The Dominica Media and Communications Association (DMCA) was launched here over the weekend with the president Garvin Richards indicating that it does not intend to operate as a political party or trade union.
He said the organisation, which is seeking membership to the regional umbrella grouping, the Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers (ACM), will place much emphasis on training and ‘to restore the pride, and public trust in the media in Dominica.
“We believe that training in our field is lacking, and we can only meet the needs of the public if we are able to improve on our skills. For too long new comers to the field have been left to fend for themselves.
Thrown into the deep end of the pool and asked to swim or drown,’ Richards told the launch, adding “we have seen many young journalists with potential fade away and move on to different careers because of the lack of guidance and training.
“Training is top on our agenda, and we intend to source opportunities locally, regionally and internationally,” he said, adding that DMCA intends to utilise the services of “seasoned veterans… to provide training sessions”.
But Richards said the DCMA was equally determined to protect the freedom of the press, the membership and deal with the issue of fake news