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Should news media cooperate with the Barbados government to delay publishing news?

Barbados Free Press intends to print any news “embargoed” by the government.

by Nevermind Kurt

Last Saturday, November 6, 2010 in the wee hours of the morning, Barbados Free Press was the first to publish the news that gas, diesel and kerosene prices would be raised the following Sunday at midnight. (See BFP’s Breaking: Barbados gasoline, diesel, kerosene prices up Sunday night)

That story actually originated from the normal press releases posted on the internet at the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) media section on Friday, November 5, 2010 at about 6pm. (The composite image from the press release is above.)

Although the BGIS posted the story online in their press release section on Friday evening, they “Embargoed” the news for two days until “7pm Sunday November 7” – meaning that news outlets were requested by government to not carry the story until 7pm Sunday.

The regular Barbados news media obeyed the government and did not carry the news to the people until Sunday evening – even though Barbados Free Press printed the news very early Saturday morning.

I’d like to make some observations about this “special understanding” or “working relationship” between the ‘professional’ Barbados news media and the government that results in the news media intentionally withholding news from the public for days. Continue reading

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Something going very wrong at The Nation newspaper?

The Nation Newspaper is at it again:

“The sophisticated radiance class cruise ship Jewel of the Seas made its inaugural visit to the Bridgetown Port today docked with approximately 21 000 guests and 850 crew.”

21,000 passengers ???!!!

That is more than 3 times the size of Oasis Of The Seas, the world’s biggest cruise liner!

… above sent in by a Barbados Free Press reader. (give thanks!)

Do the truth and accurate reporting matter to The Nation Newspaper?

Just one day after we caught The Nation Newspaper publishing a fake photo of Grantley Adams International Airport, the newspaper is now reporting that 21,000 cruise ship passengers arrived in Bridgetown on Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas. (Nation News article Jewel brings 21,000 cruisers)

21,000 passengers must have been a tight fit in the cabins because the designed capacity of the Jewel of the Seas is 2,520 passengers and 842 crew – a fact I confirmed online from a few sources including the website of ship builder: Meyer Werft

My research expenditure was a few keystrokes and about 60 seconds.

Could it be that the best journalists and hardest working staff of The Nation Newspaper…

… are now working together at Barbados Today?

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Nation Newspaper publishes computer game screenshot as real photo of airport!

(click photo for large)

Welcome to Flight Simulator’s version of of Grantley Adams International Airport! (ROTFLMBAO)

Oh this is fun! Did someone at The Nation have a little too much to drink when the article Jetblue boss wants airport upgrade was published just after midnight Friday morning?

Not only did the editor not notice that the “photograph” of Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) is a screen capture of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator computer game, they captioned the, ah, ‘photo’ as “Grantlay Adams International Airport”. I haven’t seen the dead-tree version of the paper this morning, but someone should have a look to see if the computer game “photo” made it to print.

Don’t they have a real photo of GAIA in the files at The Nation?

The Nation probably has hundreds of GAIA photos, but when it’s late at night and you’ve had a rum or three, going into the files isn’t as easy as just stealing something off the internet.

And here’s the really good part: I found the website of the Swedish chap who created the screen shot published by The Nation. It looks like the newspaper just went to Anders Svensson’s website, ripped off his copyright-protected art and used it without attribution. Continue reading

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Two ways of reporting Standard & Poors’ Barbados downgrade

Happy Face reporting continues to undermine credibility of Barbados news media

Nation News says Barbados S&P rating “Going down”

Wall Street Journal says “brink of junk”

Reading about the same subject in the Wall Street Journal and The Nation makes for an interesting comparison.

There’s always an agenda in the news, but can you always see it? Continue reading

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Bajan Reporter website crashes due to high traffic!

The popular Barbados online news site The Bajan Reporter has been down for at least eight hours after 6,000 unique visitors in 12 hours caused the server to crash.

We have three thoughts for our friend Ian Bourne, who writes and runs The Bajan Reporter…

1/ Congratulations! Achieving an effective rate of 12,000 unique visitors per day is a big deal. If you could keep it up that would be over 4 million visitors per year. That’s huge numbers for a website focused on a population base of less than three hundred thousand people.

2/ Ian, in our opinion the continuing success and exponential growth of The Bajan Reporter is due to your chosen mix of topics, your writing skills and your extensive contacts. When something happens you probably hear about it long before many of the other journalists in Barbados.

and…

3/ Time to get a new hosting service with enough capacity to handle your increased traffic.

Big Question: Will Ian Bourne be covering the Arch Cot Inquest?

Only one newspaper mentioned the October 18th start of the inquest into the 2007 deaths of five members of the Codrington family – killed when their home collapsed into a known cave. In short, Barbados cannot rely upon the oldstream news media to provide complete and accurate coverage of this important inquest.

Ian Bourne could do the job… but will he?

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Newsday Disaster: The future of Barbados internet news?

Newsday, the 10th ranking newspaper in the USA in terms of circulation, spent US$4 million revamping its website last October before going to a pay format of $5 a week for full access. (Newsday.com)

So after three months, how many paid subscribers does Newsday’s website enjoy?

35

That’s right: “Thirty-five” – as in about a bus-load of people heading into the city – producing gross revenues of US$175 per week on an investment of US$4 million. (New York Observer – After 3 months only 35 subscriptions for Newsday’s website)

I’m not sure what that means when the kind of talent you can hire for $4 million dollars produces that kind of results. They probably thought they had it all figured out. Undoubtedly they produced the projected growth charts with the little circles, lines and arrows to convince the bosses to invest big money – but how could they blow it so badly?

Perhaps it means that the internet is still a crap shoot for news organisations.

What does it mean for newspapers in Barbados? I guess it means that in a small market like this island, newspapers can’t expect any direct revenue generation from their web presence – at least nothing worth talking about.

Maybe that’s why The Nation’s web presence has shrunk to a fraction of what it was only two years ago with the paper’s website displaying only a handful of articles compared to the printed dead tree edition. Maybe they don’t see the internet as being worth it. Google searches seldom if ever return Nation online articles anymore because the newspaper’s website is set up to block search engines.

Similarly the Barbados Advocate publishes only a few articles online. The .jpg photos of the entire newspaper don’t really count because they are structured to prevent indexing by search engines. This means that the two largest newspapers have for the most part abandoned representing our country to the world on the internet. They leave this task and responsibility to other websites and the blogs.

Once again, I don’t know what it all means, but it’s something to think about as we hear rumours of another newspaper being born in Barbados.

Further Reading

Talk about synchronicity… as I finished writing this article I was Googling “freedom of the press” and I came across an old BFP article about the media by Sungoddess… Sungoddess Says “Let The Traditional Media Die… No Longer Serves The Interests Of The Common Man…”

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Lies of Omission: Barbados Advocate article IDB “$400 Million Boost” doesn’t once mention word “Loan” !!!!

FREE MONEY!!!!

Oh Gawd, this is freaking hilarious!

The #1 government mouthpiece, The Barbados Advocate, does an entire article about the recent Inter-American Development Bank loan of US$200 million to Barbados and doesn’t once mention that it is a loan to be repaid. A loan that plunges the country further in debt.

Listen friends: I’m not debating whether we need it, should have taken it, whether it will be accounted for or properly spent…

I’m talking about the freaking Barbados News Media going through all sorts of linguistic athletics to avoid mentioning that this is debt.

Read the Barbados Advocate article. This is FREE MONEY, maybe grants. That’s the impression.

Freaking liars.

Go to The Barbados Advocate and read it online (link here)

But in case they remove the article like they usually do when they are caught, here it is in full.

Freaking liars!!!! Continue reading

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