The Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) wants to discuss an annual subvention from the government at a planned meeting with Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet and representatives of the current administration.
The organization believes that $20,000 annually will help to, among other things, fund training programmes for media personnel.
MASL is hoping that the meeting with the government will be held some time during the first quarter of this year.
The proposed meeting was among the matters discussed when the media association held its first extraordinary general meeting, at which MASL executive members and invited media workers were present.
“Initially MASL was reached out to by the Office of the Prime Minister when the idea was first hatched and as an executive we singled out three main areas,” Communications Officer, Rehani Isidore, told the Times.
Isidore disclosed that in addition to the reinstatement of an annual subvention, the other matters that the organization wants to raise with the Prime Minister and his administration relate to making access to finance available and access to scholarships for members of the local media.
He made it clear that MASL has not singled out the government in the matter of assisting the organization.
Isidore agreed that media houses have a responsibility to assist members of their staff.
As a result, the MASL official explained that the outreach to the government is part of the association’s efforts to network across the sectors – public, private, regional and international, to facilitate assistance for its members.
He said the outreach includes media owners.
“MASL will and has reached out to start discussion on how to make the experience productive and efficient for both the employer and the employee, not to mention reaching out to local and regional academic bodies, including long-standing partner Monroe College, to see if we can get some academic programmes to benefit the local press,” Isidore stated.
Sunday’s MASL meeting was held at the Landings resort.
The organization has expressed its gratitude to the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) for providing the location and refreshments.
It has also thanked Mr. Michael Speakman of Saint Lucia Distillers Limited for also providing refreshments.