Media and Creative Industries alumna recognised for excellence in journalism

Alumna Kristeena Monteith has recently been awarded the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Journalism.

The virtual awards ceremony took place on Sunday 13 December 2020 and awarded 30 young Jamaicans for excelling in their chosen fields.

Adding to her many achievements and aiding the changes she is implementing to help people and organizations creatively address social issues, Kristeena is widely being recognized for her contributions to society.

Kristeena studied MA Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London and has continued putting her passion for culture, media, arts and communications at the service of people and the planet since her graduation.

She is currently the Creative Producer of Talk Up Radio, a public radio programme tackling global social and political issues with a team of young people. In addition, Kristeena has since worked as a Television Producer for Talk Up Yout, a Scriptwriter and Story Editor for Ackee Walk Children's Puppet Show, and a Project Manager for the U-Report School Tour.

During her studies she was also selected as one of 17 UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals. In her capacity as an SDG Young Leader, she championed the need for strategic youth engagement on all issues, including all 17 sustainable development goals, in more than 7 countries around the globe.

Kristeena was a Chevening scholar and completed her studies within the Institute for Media and Creative Industries in 2019. Speaking about her time at Loughborough University London, Kristeena said:

“I was inspired by lecturers who were willing to facilitate difficult conversations and engage with knowledge students brought to the classroom from their cultures and regions. While the world seems to be shying away from identity issues, many lecturers actively encouraged multi-cultural discussions applying theories in real time to current global affairs which I think enriched the learning experience.”

The Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Journalism recognises Kristeena and her team’s efforts. You can watch the virtual awards ceremony via YouTube. Congratulations Kristeena.