Press & communication advisors look back on a successful Day of the Press event

On August 31st and September 1st 2012 the RCN organized an event for all members of the press and communication experts of the public entities of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba and RCN.


The participants followed workshops with subjects such as:"the press and the government, why we need each other", "the difference between journalism in the Caribbean and European Netherlands" and "the role of the media from 10-10-10 until now and beyond". The workshops were facilitated by media trainer Bob Harms and journalists Belkis Osepa and Oscar van Dam.

There was a great deal of interaction among the participants and agreements were made about listening to sides, integrity, cooperation and exchange of information among the various islands and the role of the media in this. It will be researched how to give form to an information council, in which the communication advisors of all three islands and RCN will be a member. The press also indicated that they have the need for more cooperation and exchange of information between the three islands.

Parallel to the workshops on the first day a media training was held for all department heads of the RCN. This training culminated with a real press conference.

The Day of the Press was celebrated by all participants during a festive luncheon on September 1st.