Sunday, May 22, 2016

Media Training Centre T&T launches with Broadcast Journalism Course

A new training centre was launched on Saturday with an eight-week training course in Broadcast Journalism.

Media Training Centre of Trinidad and Tobago (MTC) is owned and operated by journalist Jai Parasram, who retired recently after 44 years in the business, 25 of which were as a Broadcast Journalist and Producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Jai joined the CBC in 1988 working as a writer on the flagship network newscast, The National, and also worked on other network news programs and the CBC's national syndication service. 

In 1989 he was appointed Line-up Editor and moved to Halifax Nova Scotia to join the team of journalists that launched the world's second all news cable news service, Newsworld. He had the distinction of editing the first newscast (
and thousands more) to air on the service at 7 am on July 31, 1989.

Jai began his journalism career in Trinidad in 1972 at what was at the time the only television station in the country. He worked as a reporter, editor, assignments editor, producer, news anchor and was News Director when he resigned in 1986 to continue his journalism education at Carleton University. He graduated in 1988 with a Master of Journalism (MJ) degree and created history at the university by becoming the first student to produce a public affairs documentary - Money is no Problem - as his MJ thesis.

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Jai is also the author of the book FAR FROM THE MOUNTAIN, which is a collection of news items and commentaries on T&T politics between 2007 and 2012.

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The award winning journalist brings his four decades of experience to Media Training Centre.

The course that began on Saturday is intended to train people in all aspects of radio and television journalism and will include a substantial amount of practical work including an opportunity to experience live radio. 97.5fm HotlikePepper Radio is a partner with MTC in this project.

Commenting on the Centre Jai said he plans to expand it to do one-day seminars in media relations for anyone who works in public relations or related fields where contact with the media is essential. He also plans of conducting one-on-one training in public speaking and presentation, using broadcast equipment.

The Media Training Centre will operate from Jai's garage at his home in Mc Bean. He hopes that like some other success stories that had similar humble beginnings the centre will grow into a national training institution.

Jai says he has always wanted to return home to share his knowledge in broadcast journalism and television production and is excited that he could do it now that he has retired.


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Our family at home in Toronto 2008

Our family at home in Toronto 2008
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