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Dec 7, 2022

Louis Wade Junior is Awarded B.T.B.’s Media Broadcasting Scholarship

Back in August, the Belize Tourism Board issued a call for applications for an opportunity for a reporter to be awarded a media broadcasting scholarship.  The successful applicant would travel to Palm Beach, Florida and be engaged in eight weeks of intensive training and capacity building and trained by experts in the field.  Today, the B.T.B. announced that Louis Wade Junior of Plus TV in Belmopan was chosen for the scholarship, which is valued at forty-two thousand dollars and will see Wade Junior travel to Florida in March. A brief ceremony was held today at the B.T.B. conference room in Belize City. 


Louis Wade Jr.

Louis Wade Jr., Awardee, Media Broadcasting Scholarship

“It’s been a crazy year yes. I’ve been to Africa this year to cover news stories and now I am going to Miami on a scholarship. I’d like to thank God, thank the B.T.B. for this opportunity; thank my news station for giving me the time off for going to do this. I look forward to this journey, although it sounds tedious, but I am pretty sure it will be fun, so I am excited. Being one of the youngest in this field in Belize, there is a lot for me to learn because I’m just twenty-four years old; I started news when I twenty years old, so I am very young in it. I know that news is fluid, it is constantly changing. There are new ways of interpreting data, there’s tiktok now, there’s Instagram reels, there is podcasting that’s kicking off, there’s YouTube streaming, there is a whole lot that can be done in Belize that we are not doing. And I feel that being young, I am in a good spot to tell stories that my generation needs to tell and stories that my generation needs to hear as well.”


Abil Castaneda

Abil Castaneda, Director of Quality Management and Capacity Development, B.T.B.

“We started looking for a journalism specific theoretical training. But what we realise is that the theoretical part, if you don’t match it with a practical part then it is not as impactful. So the one thing with CSB media center is that they have a great mix of theoretical, but they incline more towards the practical. They are going to work in a studio. As I was mentioning to Mister Wade, they will have internships where they will be able to go and see how the big boys do it – the ESPNs and the NBCs and the affiliates there in Florida. We like the approach that they provide a practical sort of entry into what broadcast media is, but we also like that their instructors are actually people that work in the media like yourselves that have been in the sector for twenty thirty years that bring a wealth of experience of what to do and the little tricks of the trade and what have you. And thirdly, what we liked of the CSB media program is that they also engage in what are the current trends in media. So Mister Wade will also be introduced not only in on-camera/broadcast media, they will also train him in doing proper podcast, how to do proper digital streaming, he will be trained in how to use the adobe suite of software – all the way from design to production.”

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