I-Witness News, the leading online source of news and current information about St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has released its first ever digital magazine, a publication that celebrates the nation’s 34th anniversary of Independence.
The full-colour, 30-page, free publication was released on Sunday, October 27th, 2013 — SVG’s Independence Day — on the I-Witness News’ website (www.iwnsvg.com).
The magazine contains news stories about the Military Parade in Kingstown on Sunday and the address by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves at that event.
The publication also contains commentaries on issues relating to an independent St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Included are features of “average” Vincentians who are making extraordinary contributions, in their respective endeavours, to further the development of the country. The arts are featured and the publication contains coverage of other events linked to the celebration of Independence, including those in the diaspora.
“This magazine will show readers and advertisers what is possible in terms of coverage of Independence celebrations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” says journalist Kenton X. Chance, founder and Executive Editor of I-Witness News, who is also Editor of the magazine.
“Too often, special independence publications by print media in St. Vincent and Grenadines merely go only as far as needed to profit from companies and individuals willing to send congratulatory messages to the nation. We, at I-Witness News, are showing our readers and advertisers that that same advertising dollar can be used to produce a publication of substance,” Chance says.
He noted that the core producers of the magazine are young Vincentians, all of whom are younger than an independent St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“This publication is a demonstration of the positive things that our nation’s youths can do if given not only the opportunity but also the necessary support to do something well. We are pleased with the effort and are excited about the end product.”
Chance also thanked the advertisers, whom, he said, demonstrated a willingness to embrace innovation.
“We hope that the presentation of this magazine will signal a new era in publishing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We look forward to seeing other corporate citizens rid themselves of the hesitancy and embrace fully, the opportunities of new media, to which a larger number of persons are turning for their information,” Chance says.