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Sheppard to lead MATT interim executive
The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) managed to resuscitate itself and now have an interim executive in place, led by newly elected president, Suzanne Sheppard, editor of the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. Other new elects include Ira Mathur as assistant secretary, Anthony Gittens as treasurer and Kevin Baldeosingh as second floor member.
The executive will lead the association until elections take place in October. This is a result of there being no quorum since the resignation of Kerry Peters as president last March.
In a meeting held yesterday afternoon at the National Library in Port-of-Spain, members of the media communed to review and decide the fate of MATT. The meeting chaired by veteran journalist, Lennox Grant, who promptly advised that the gaps in the current executive be filled. The meeting voted to open up membership to new-media practitioners, students and teachers of journalism and others with immediate effect by changing the membership criteria in the constitution.
Judy Raymond, editor-in-chief of the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, remains as vice president while Francesca Hawkins is secretary and Laura Dowrich-Phillips, editor of Guardian Media’s Metro Magazine is first floor member. Sheppard, who is one of the founding members of MATT, expressed her commitment to reviving the association saying, “As a journalist with more than three decades of experience, I fully support the ideals of MATT.
It is an organisation that I do not want to see disappear off our landscape. I have renewed my commitment to MATT and I am going to be here in whatever capacity they need me to be, to keep the organisation alive and restore it to some level of vibrancy.”
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