Cayman Free Press reporter awarded

The Cayman Free Press has joined giants such as the Today Show, Fox News and the Washington Post in receiving a high-level Caribbean media award. 

Tourism correspondent Joe Shooman was awarded the accolade for Best Feature in Caribbean Media, 2010. His winning piece, ‘Tourism is local, worldwide’ discussed Cayman’s tourism product in context with other Caribbean and worldwide destinations. It was featured as part of the Caymanian Compass’ special investigative feature series Compass Point: Future of Tourism which was written by Cayman Free Press staff journalists and ran for seven weeks in the summer of 2010. 

The award, titled No Anansi Story!, was presented at a special luncheon at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s week-long Caribbean Week conference in New York on Thursday, 9 June. 

“The coveted accolades were unveiled during a special Caribbean Week luncheon in New York. The awards honour the creativity and loyalty of US and Caribbean based media for their standout stories from 2010. 

“Seventy submissions were received and narrowed down by a panel of judges including Caribbean Tourism Organisation executives and Associate Professor Ellen Frisina from Hofstra University,” revealed Johnson JohnRose of the organisation. 


Myriad entities 

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation has headquarters in Barbados and marketing operations in New York, London and Toronto and is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency, comprising membership of more than 30 governments and a myriad of private sector entities. 

The organisation’s mission is to provide to and through its members, the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people. 

The organisation provides specialised support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and statistics, information technology and sustainable tourism development. It disseminates information on behalf of its member governments to consumers and the travel trade. 

Mr. Shooman joined Cayman Free Press in November 2009 and was previously a music, lifestyle and travel writer working for various magazines and newspapers across Europe. His books on music and culture have been translated into five languages and he was on the final three-man shortlist for the 2008 UK Live Music Writer of the Year. 


Full list of winners: 

Been There, Wrote That – Best Feature Article in a Consumer Magazine, USA; Shane Mitchell, Travel and Leisure – ”Out Islands Bahamas”. 

I Couldn’t Have Written it Better Myself – Best Feature Article in a Consumer Newspaper, USA: Nancy Trejos, Washington Post – “Untracked Barbados”. 

Inner Circle King Award – Best Feature Article in a Trade Publication, USA: Joe Pike, Travel Agent – “Belize: The Caribbean and Latin America in One” 

Oh Snap! – Best Photography, USA: Diego Marquez, Exhale Magazine – “Aruba: Walk on the Wild Side!” 

Virtual Visitor – Best Online Feature, USA: Joshua Berman, – “Belize in 5…”. 

No Anansi Story! – Best Feature in Caribbean Media: Joe Shooman, The Caymanian Compass – “Competition is Local, Worldwide” 

Golden Mic Award – Best Feature Broadcast, USA: Today Show – “United States Virgin Islands: Caribbean Ritual Dancers and Steel Band” 

They Like Me, They Really Like Me – Best In Show: Shane Mitchell, Travel and Leisure – “Out Islands Bahamas” 

The coveted accolades were unveiled during a special Caribbean Week luncheon in New York. 


Mr. Shooman


  1. Congratulations to Joe Shooman. It brings back happy memories of another mainstream award won by the Compass many years ago when Samantha Clark (nee de Freitas), a graduate of John Gray High School, won a PAHO award for the best helath-related article for a piece written on AIDS – a taboo subject at the time. It would be nice to see a page on the CFP website devoted to these awards with a reproduction of the actual articles on sub-pages.

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