The Fourth Estate – making a difference

Why local journalism is important in the community.

From championing the nation to stimulating debate, local journalism gives a unique voice to issues and events that impact the Cayman Islands.

It is at the heart of the community – celebrating and documenting our culture and history; telling ourunique stories; connecting and reflecting our society; and holding our government – and other authorities – accountable.

Local journalists understand what is important to these islands – covering stories in our communities that appear nowhere else but the Cayman Compass.

WHY SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM?

Compass cameraman Alvaro Serey with reporter Reshma Ragoonath on the steps of the Legislative Assembly.

Journalism is referred to as the ‘Fourth Estate’ – used to emphasise the independence of the press as well as its critical role as a watchdog in a democratic society.

But, in the last decades, newspapers – the backbone of local journalism – have been in decline worldwide, impacted by social media, internet access and corporate ownership.

Revenues have fallen and newsroom staff have been cut, greatly diminishing the capacity for in-depth and consistent coverage of local events and issues that impact people’s lives.
It is why the Cayman Compass, like many other responsible, quality newspapers around the globe, is asking for support for local journalism – through buying printed copies, online subscriptions and advertising.

Utilising the services offered by Compass Content (the company’s in-house content marketing agency) and Compass Print also help support the journalism arm of Compass Media.

The crises we have experienced in 2020 – from the massive earthquake earlier this year to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – underline why factual and reliable information is so essential. Our journalists are on the frontlines to keep the community informed.

Your support ensures we can continue to deliver trustworthy news, advocate for the community and help people make informed decisions.

Every contribution, however big or small, is valuable for our future – and yours.

WAYS TO SUPPORT COMPASS JOURNALISM

  • Buy the weekly print edition of the Cayman Compass that comes out every Friday.
  • Subscribe to the newspaper online at caymancompass.com for the most up-to-date information & follow our social media pages.
  • Advertise with the Cayman Compass in print and online to keep customers engaged with this effective local marketing resource.
  • Utilise services from Compass Content, a multi-media division of Compass Media offering custom print, digital and video content services for the full range of business needs.
  • Book printing jobs, such as forms, flyers, stationery and business cards, with Compass Print, Compass Media’s commercial print division.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. We have ordered 2 of your lovely 2021 calendars to be sent directly to my adult children in the UK.

    Since we have not been able to see them in person we are sending a little bit of Cayman to them. I recommend everyone with overseas family to do the same.

    A thoughtful way to support this excellent newspaper.

  2. To the Compass Editorial Team – thanks for this article. It is valid and important in order to show the importance of good, responsible media in any society. The Compass – being the venerable publication that it is – and its sister publications deserve the support of the community because it’s failure would only darken our media landscape, such as experienced with the closure of CITN. In these days of social media and fake news, legit and valid journalism is crucial.

    However, can you offer a trade-off for the support you ask of the public for the Compass? Can the Compass adopt a more “investigative” and “challenging” stance, especially in matters of public services, expenditures and behaviour of public officials? Too often, critical public service issues are not deeply pursued or even ‘bypassed”. For example, incidents of public corruption and other failures/shortcomings of public entities are merely reported (often after the fact) but despite trends, their pervasive existence is not deeply “investigated” or truly exposed by the Compass.

    Say what you will about US media but public figures there have to “walk a fine line” or risk media criticism and exposure, where appropriate. Here, it seems like the Compass is often “gagged” – whether by its own choice or by a “system” which has it “bound”. That’s not good enough for responsible, effective journalism to make a positive difference in our society.

    Responsible journalism works! As an example, last week a local media source carried a story about the atrocious condition of the grass medians along the Esterly Tibbets Highway. Their story received large public response, and very soon the attention of whomever (NRA or Dart) is responsible for up-keeping those areas. This week, the medians are being cut!

    Compass, take a firmer stand, be consistent in calling-out public impropriety, be more investigative and deliver more substance as a long-serving, important facet of the Caymanian community. Deal?

    • Hi Kerith, thank you for this note. We could not agree more with your assertion that valid journalism is a crucial component of a well-run democracy and society at large. We pride ourselves on telling this community’s stories.

      We also appreciate your feedback regarding what you’d like to see more of in the Compass and we will take it on board.

      We launched our Issues section in October of 2019 and it is specifically dedicated to the type of enterprise stories you’re referring to. In our news section, just within the last few weeks we’ve had a comprehensive fact-checking story on legislators’ comments during the Domestic Partnership Bill debate, a story analyzing salaries of elected officials and another story explaining how local pool safety regulations fall short of international standards.

      The Compass produces more stories on a day-to-day basis than any other media outlet on island, from breaking news to sports, weather, entertainment and more. We use video, podcasts, live blogs, livestreaming and image-driven pieces to help tell Cayman’s stories.

      Just one other thing to note — the Compass has certain professional and legal standards by which we abide. We are unable to take the same liberties as some international media because Cayman’s defamation laws are strict compared to other jurisdictions.

      Again, thank you for your note and we do appreciate your comments. Just want to provide some insight from our point of view.

      Thanks!
      Kevin