The Nation’s hi-tech move
THE?NATION?Publishing CO. is repositioning itself to go high-tech, but will continue to embody the core principles and values that have defined it over the last 38 years.
Group Financial Controller Noel Wood gave this assurance at a service marking the newspaper’s 38th anniversary at Our Lady Queen of the Universe Catholic church in Black Rock, St Michael, yesterday morning.
“Our ultimate aim is to transition to a multichannel, multiplatform media group delivering news and information however and wherever you, our readers, would like it,” Wood said to an overflowing congregation that included NATION board directors, department heads, supervisors and staffers.
Wood said THE NATION, which was founded in November 1973, was committed to maintaining quality and reliability, with a focus on “on creating products and services that you not only want, but need”.
The finance specialist reminded the congregation of the significance of the celebration.
“Our anniversary is special to us because it gives us an opportunity to reflect on who we are, on the tracks we have created in the past, and what will form our future.
“With God’s help and guidance, we have travelled a hard but fulfilling road to reach today. In addition, our success would not have happened without the acceptance, generosity and loyalty of readers and customers, as well as the unwavering dedication of our staff,” Wood said.
He added that in the next few months, THE NATION would be conducting surveys to assess perception of its products with the aim of making them better.
“Some of our most popular events and activities such as the Fun Walk and Healthy Lifestyle initiatives have grown out of suggestions from the public.
“We look forward to receiving comments, whether positive or negative, and, you never know, our next big thing might grow from a seed someone planted right here today [yesterday],” he said.
Church rector Father Charles Dominique said THE NATION had an important role to play in the dissemination of news and getting God’s message to the people.
“Your news must be like Jesus’. It must be good news.
“You at the Nation Publishing can participate in helping this light to shine in the lives of the people by relating those stories that bring hope and encouragement to those especially living in darkness,” he said.
Dominique encouraged THE NATION to keep up its good work and at the same time place more emphasis on positive news.
“When you open your newspaper, you don’t always want to see the negative side. The newspaper has to tell it as it happens and has to bring the bad side so we can strive to do better next time; but there has to be a greater attempt to bring more stories of love and hope.
“There are good things that are happening that need to get more of the spotlight,” he added. (MK)
IN THE PICTURE ABOVE, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the NATION,?Wilfred Field (left), exchanging The Peace with Acting Circulation Manager Goulbourne Weekes, while Advertising Manager Paulette Jones (second left) and Board Member Hilford Murrell look on. (SH)