Wesley Gibbings

Wesley Gibbings is an author, journalist, media trainer, and press freedom campaigner who has been in the media business for over 40 years. He has trained journalists throughout the region and authored/co-authored/edited several training manuals for use by Caribbean journalists. Among these publications are An Election Handbook for Caribbean Journalists (2009); Reporting the Climate Crisis – A Handbook for Caribbean Journalists (2020); Through the Pandemic: State of the Caribbean Media Report 2022; He has served as a journalism lecturer at the Caribbean School for Media and Communication (CARIMAC), University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica; and is currently a member of the team of journalism trainers retained by the Media Institute of the Caribbean (MIC), and Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM). As a regional media expert, he served on the Advisory Council to the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on the Caribbean Community Single Market and Economy (1997), and Member of the CARICOM Working Committee on a Single Communication Space (2019). In 2014, Gibbings was also engaged as elections training coordinator for the Media Development Authority of Fiji prior to the staging of elections that year – the first since a 2006 coup d’état. He has conducted training in the coverage of elections throughout the Caribbean and has, himself, covered numerous regional elections. Gibbings currently serves as Vice President of the Media Institute of the Caribbean, is an executive member of the ACM, sits on the governing Council of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), and is a regional member of the Steering Committee of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD). He has written extensively on Caribbean media affairs and has presented papers on a wide range of subjects related to press freedom and media development at international conferences and seminars. In 2017, Gibbings was recognised for his journalism and press freedom activism by the US National Association of Black Journalists and received the organisation’s Foreign Journalist Award. In 2022, he received an Excellence in Journalism Award from the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association. He is also a published poet with five collections to his name, and some of his watercolour art can also be viewed on his Instagram account @weslegibbings. Follow him on Twitter @wgibbings.