Media Urged to Report Government Statistics Responsibly

first_img Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says media practitioners, particularly those involved in delivering news and current affairs content, have a key role to play in how official government statistics are communicated to the public. Story Highlights He acknowledged that in an increasingly “fluid and fast-paced” news culture, there is pressure on and competition among media houses to creatively report on current developments, which could lead to miscommunication, particularly on economic data. “At some point, we are going to have to transition to [such] an environment [and] I think competition is going to take us there, because news media will emerge [that] actually take these things seriously and have serious dialogue around [them],” he added. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says media practitioners, particularly those involved in delivering news and current affairs content, have a key role to play in how official government statistics are communicated to the public.Speaking at a recent Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) media sensitisation seminar at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew, Dr. Clarke said that as the Administration pursues Jamaica’s development as a market economy, data and official statistics will become increasingly pivotal to the planning process.“Those who are best able to interpret and best use them will have an advantage… and media practitioners… have a crucial role to play in, first of all, understanding these  official statistics, and communicating them to the public,” the Minister said.He acknowledged that in an increasingly “fluid and fast-paced” news culture, there is pressure on and competition among media houses to creatively report on current developments, which could lead to miscommunication, particularly on economic data.“The adjectives and adverbs… that we use around issues such as inflation [at times] become misplaced. So verbs like ‘jumped’ and ‘plunged’… those kinds of sensational words that we use, sometimes, do not add to the public good,” he contended.The Minister suggested that official data should, ideally, “just be reported in a neutral way”.“If you look at the international financial news channels… when [journalists] are discussing matters like inflation, the gross domestic product and unemployment [they are] having a rational discussion around the numbers,” he pointed out.“At some point, we are going to have to transition to [such] an environment [and] I think competition is going to take us there, because news media will emerge [that] actually take these things seriously and have serious dialogue around [them],” he added.The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media – Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately.It focused on the gross domestic product (GDP) and consumer price index.last_img read more

Stena Line Upgrades Coverage on Baltic Routes

first_imgzoom Swedish ferry operator Stena Line plans to upgrade its services in Central Europe and Scandinavia by implementing a more frequent ferry timetable and introducing an additional ship due to the rapidly increasing demand for the ferry transport. The company intends to focus on Northern Baltic Sea region development, aiming at strengthening its market position in the Baltic Sea with two main routes to Sweden and Germany, according to Erik Thulin, Stena Line’s Trade Director Baltic Sea North.Stena Line said that Ventspils in Latvia will be positioned as the gateway to Scandinavia, thus reinforcing the route Ventspils-Nynäshamn. The ferry Stena Flavia will be permanently redirected to this route, while previously it also operated between Ventspils and German Travemünde. Stena Flavia will operate the route together with Scottish Viking and the number of ferry departures will be increased by 30%, according to the company. Starting from January 3, 2017, 24 crossings per week will be available on this route instead of the usual 18 weekly crossings.The ferry crossing from Ventspils to Travemünde will be redirected to Liepaja, Latvia. In turn, Liepaja will be the main port connecting Latvia to the western part of Central Europe. An additional ferry will be introduced to this route to Germany, increasing the number of crossings by 25%, Stena Line said.Starting from January 3, 2017, the route, to be operated by Urd and Stena Nordica, will provide eight crossings per week. The company said that Stena Nordica will be taken into operation during spring and until then Stena Gothica, operating Göteborg-Frederikshavn, will be a relief ship. The ferry crossing from Liepaja to Swedish Nynäshamn will be transferred to Ventspils.“The changes in ferry routes and schedules constitute a strategically important step in order to develop and reinforce two large and significant transportation corridors – from Ventspils to Scandinavia and from Liepaja to Central Europe,” Erik Thulin said.last_img read more