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Digicel, Observer partner to stage World Telecoms Day Blogging Competition

Thursday, May 08, 2014    

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JAMAICAN bloggers are in for a treat with the recent launch of Digicel and the Jamaica Observer's World Telecommunications Day Blogging Competition.

Participants are invited to blog about the impact of the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector on the Jamaican economy, culture and communications. The top six bloggers in junior (age 16 - 22 years) and adult (age 22 - 30 years) categories will get the chance to have their blogs featured on the Observer's acclaimed website, a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, free data plans for the summer and access to one of Digicel's marquee events.

"It is important that we always look back as we look forward. In the world of technology sometimes we are moving so fast we don't see the gains and impact made on our everyday life. This World Telecommunications Day blogging competition will help to raise awareness around the importance of access, ease and affordability of communications for the enabling of everyday life in Jamaica and lay the ground work for discussions about the way forward," said Digicel's Senior Communications Manager Shelly-Ann Harris.

"Digicel is proud of its legacy of liberalising the Jamaican mobile phone market and is happy to bring the best value, the best service and the best network to more than two million customers all across Jamaica for the past 13 years. Our mission now is to do for mobile Internet what we have done for voice and continue to make data affordable to all Jamaicans," added Harris.

Meanwhile, the Observer's Head of Advertising, Marketing and Communications Natalie Chin-Watkins said the newspaper's focus on providing interactive news and features through its blogging platform and using technology will engage the massive online audience at another level.

"Jamaica Observer leads the charge online for news media regionally. With the recent update of our website, the launch of our news app for Android and iOS devices and our huge, ever-increasing social media presence, partnering with Digicel for this blogging competition is a natural progression. We want to interact more with those we provide news to and this competition allows us to connect with the more than one million people, who visit us online monthly, in a more personal way," she said.

Bloggers are invited to begin emailing their entries, which comprises the link to their blog and contact information, to marion.carter@digicelgroup.com on World Telecoms Day, May 17. Submissions will close on May 22 and the top six bloggers will be announced on May 28 in the Observer and on social media. Bloggers should own a blogging account, however, an account can be newly created for the purposes of entering the competition.

For more information, bloggers can send direct messages to Digicel and the Observer's Facebook or Twitter pages or send an email to marion.carter@digicelgroup.com

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