Editorial - Why Caribbean Intelligence?

Debbie Ransome
 

Revisiting Caribbean Intelligence - 2017 Editorial

 

March 2017. It’s coming up to five years since the launch of Caribbean Intelligence.

 

As some of you will know, it grew out of an interest to continue pan-Caribbean news and analysis amongst a group of us who had worked at the BBC’s Caribbean Service, closed in 2011 in a round of UK Foreign Office cuts.

 

 

The idea had been to put our expertise towards pan-territory analysis and reporting on a digital platform – a sort of news magazine for the diverse Caribbean -  joining the dots and trends and putting news events into a wider regional and global perspective. It would also, as the BBC and other organisations had before that, provide independent journalism freed from the restrictions that local journalists often complain about.

In the last five years, there have been many Caribbean news websites launched – some specialising in particular interests such as travel, tourism and lifestyle, others giving a sample of daily news reports from national papers and websites.

So, I asked myself whether there is still a role for Caribbean Intelligence in 2017.

Well, we’re still joining the dots and looking at the bigger picture and we’re still commissioning news analysis from senior journalists and observers with experience and a sense of the global perspective, that view of the Caribbean’s place in a rapidly-changing world.

In an age of so-called fake news and social media sometimes compounding mistakes and untruths, it seems even more important in 2017 to use the skills of experienced reporters and analysts who can see the wood for the trees and who care about the future of the Caribbean.

Journalism has never paid well and is facing lower pay levels as new platforms use the technology to sift through and present news feeds. This has meant that many of our colleagues have moved on to PR and other jobs, leaving a smaller pool of pan-Caribbean journalists in the region and the Diaspora.

This is not to knock the algorithms and news bots and their role in news gathering. In fact, the new technical tools at our disposal emphasise the need for journalists with perspective, hindsight and experience to pull together the fragments in our global Tower of Babel and make some sense out of it.

So, we’re pushing on to our fifth anniversary with our new-look website.

We hope you like it and we hope you still think that, in today’s turbulent times, there’s an even greater need for journalists with independent, tried and tested backgrounds who still care enough to keep on reporting and analysing.

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Preserving a Caribbean legacy – UWI and BBC Caribbean.

BBC Caribbean – Archive pages.

 

From 2012: Our first editorial

 
Caribbean Intelligence© is about a measured, analytical and reflective approach to the news. We're not seeking to break stories although, as journalists, that can happen too.
 
 
 
Our unique selling point is the pan-Caribbean "join the dots" journalism which many had come to expect from our previous editorial work. But this is pan-Caribbean and Diaspora journalism for a new era - for the digital and social platform users who stay in contact with one another via different media platforms.
 
 Top stories in each month's edition of Caribbean Intelligence deal with in-depth reporting on stories which impact across the Caribbean and in the Caribbean Diaspora. 
There'll be a regularly updated CI News Round-up which will provide news snippets from the Diaspora and the Caribbean.
 
And, because it's not always about breaking news, we recognise the need for the issues we all discuss when we turn off the news bulletins and put down our newspapers. In the What's the Buzz pages, there's room for your thoughts and reactions to the issues that affect you - from culture to sports, from food to fashion, we'll showcase what Caribbean people are saying on social media and what is being said about the Caribbean.
 
Each month our diaspora pages, called Caribbean Abroad, will reflect life for well-known Caribbean people living in the diaspora. For now, we're focusing on the main Diaspora hotspots of the UK and Europe, the US, and Canada. Click on the flags for more.
 
Also there'll be a regular diary - Trini in Europe - from award-winning journalist Natalie Williams about life in Europe both as a journalist and as the wife of a British diplomat.
 
Also in Caribbean Intelligence©, we're going to be encouraging new writing talent outlining aspects of Caribbean life in the region and the wider world.
 
The Young Writers Club will be inviting aspiring writers to showcase their talents.
 
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