American broadcast journalist and former CNN anchor, James “Jim” Clancy, participated in a two-day media tour in Kingston, March 20-21, 2017. This media engagement followed a National Integrity Action (NIA) led, Regional Investigative Journalism and Financial Reporting Workshop in St. Ann, March 17-19, 2017, where Clancy was one of the principal presenters.
As a veteran investigative journalist, Clancy shared insight into the state of journalism globally and offered real-world, hands-on, practical information. Local reporters along with media managers were able to hold one-on-one consultations on barriers facing journalists here in Jamaica. These included high costs associated with investigative journalism; accessing available data and maintaining journalism ethics in reporting. Journalists also received practical tips on how to be effective amidst threats from individuals of influence, in their quest to uncover and expose corrupt practices.
Participating media organizations were Loop Jamaica, The Jamaica Observer, CVM Television and The Gleaner/RJR Group.