Meeting the Stars
Stemn with former bosses.
Courtesy of The Inquirer Newspaper on Monday , October 13, 2008
A former photojournalist of the Daily Observer Newspaper, Mr. Gregory Stemn, has awarded plaques to five of his former bosses for their "encouragement, training and support" to his achievement as a photojournalist.
Those honored were Mr. Kenneth Best, Managing Director, the Liberian Observer Corporation, Mr. Stanton Peabody, Editor, the Daily Observer, Mr. Sando Moore, former photo editor, the Daily Observer (now editorial supervisor and director of photography of the Daily Observer, Mr. Phillip N. Wesseh, former News Editor, Daily Observer and Mr. George Wandah, former Darkroom Technician, Daily Observer.
Making the presentation last Friday at a local hotel, Mr. Stemn who is part of a media delegation in the country from the United States, said he was pleased to recognize the services of these individuals because it was through their guidance and leadership role that he is what he is today.
Today I am proud to say that because of the training and knowledge I got from these people, people now look up to me when it comes to photojournalism, "he pointed out. Mr. Stemn who runs a media network in the United States said services with the Daily Observer prior to the civil war had afforded him the opportunity to know what photojournalism is all about.
He then thanked the honorees for the level of training acquired and also for the knowledge acquired while serving as a photojournalist.
Presenting the awards, Labor Minister, Kofi Woods thanked Mr. Stemn for showing gratitude to his former bosses. He said it is rare in our society for people to show gratitude. He said the move by Stemn should inspire others to always show gratitude. Minister Woods commended the honorees for the awards and said they deserve them because he has followed with satisfaction their performance over the years in defense of press freedom and the interest of the country.
In separate remarks, the honorees thanked Mr. Stemn for recognizing their role in the society, and promised to work for the good of the society.
Other members of the delegation are Michael Keating, head U-mass Boston Center for Democracy and Development, Vanessa Gezarr, freelance journalist, Kathlee Flynn, photojournalist, St. Petersburg Times, Bill Glucroft, radio producer, WERS 88.9 FM in Boston, David Sasaki, New Media/internet specialist and Jessica Graham, journalist and human rights worker. Since its arrival, the delegation has been involved in activities for the advancement of the Liberia media. Today, it expected to hold a workshop in conjunction with the Press Union of Liberia for photojournalists.
Meanwhile, Mr. Stemn who was also a former photo editor of THE INQUIRER newspaper has presented several items, including digital camera to the paper to enhance its work.
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