Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about St. Lucia News Online (Part 1)
Who owns and operates St. Lucia News Online (SNO)?
SNO IS A BUSINESS operated by Andrews Media Services Corp., a company incorporated and registered in Saint Lucia.
The owner is Merrick Andrews, who is the managing director, sales director and chief editor. Andrews is a Jamaican national living in Saint Lucia since late 2011.
He has been a journalist for the past 14 years with experience in print (newspapers and magazines), broadcast (TV and radio), and Internet journalism.
He is a recipient of a Press Association of Jamaica journalism awards (best human interest feature in 2001) and he was the coordinator of Youth Link magazine when it won the best youth publication.
His journalism career was kick-started during high school where he started a newspaper called The Eagle and was appointed editor of the school’s year magazine in 1999. He began freelancing for a community newspaper called The Twin City Sun in his last term in high school.
He is a former sports reporter, lifestyle reporter and Youth Link coordinator at The Gleaner newspaper company in Jamaica, and a former Associated Press (AP) news stringer/correspondent in Jamaica and Montserrat.
Andrews is the founder and former owner of BVI News Online, www.bvinews.com for the British Virgin Islands and Dominica News Online, www.dominicanewsonline.com for the Commonwealth of Dominica.
BVI News was founded in 2006 and sold in April 2013. Dominica News Online was founded in 2007 and sold in 2011. Andrews is now on St Lucia News Online, his third project.
Reporter/sales rep – Twin City Sun (community) weekly newspaper: 1998-1999
Freelance writer – X-News weekly tabloid and entertainment newspaper: 1998-2000
Sports reporter – SportsGlobe (national) sports newspaper: 1999
Sports reporter/lifestyle reporter/Youth Link magazine coordinator – The Gleaner (national) daily newspaper: 1999-2002
Stringer/correspondent (Jamaica & Montserrat) — The Associated Press: 2000-2002
Reporter – The Montserrat Reporter weekly newspaper, Montserrat: 2002
Sports Coordinator/news reporter – The BVI StandPoint weekly newspaper, Tortola, BVI : 2003-2005
News reporter/director – ZKING Radio: 2005-2006
News reporter/director – ZROD and ZCCR radio stations: 2006-2008
News anchor – CBN TV and JTV (2006-2008)
Managing director/founder – Andrews Media Corp: 2006-2013
Managing Director/founder – BVI News Online/Alliance News Ltd: 2006-2013
Managing Director/founder – Dominica News Online/Andrews Publishing Co. Ltd: 2007-2011
Managing Director/founder – St. Lucia News Online/Andrews Media Services Corp: 2012-present
Linstead All-Age School, Linstead, St. Catherine, Jamaica – 1989-1994
Charlemont High School, St. Catherine, Jamaica – 1994-1999
– High School Diploma
– Academic Exellence Awards in Caribbean History etc
– Recipient of the Leicester Smart Foundation Scholarship (1994-1999)
CARIMAC, University of the West Indies, Mona (Summer Programme)
– Certificate of Merit, Basic Print Journalism, 2001
Note: My freelance work have also been published in the New York Post, Southampton Press, Trinidad Express, IPI Global Journalist international magazine, and several other Jamaican, regional and international publications. I was also a correspondent for Caribbean News Service and former coordinator of the UNESCO-funded Caribbean Media Network. I was also the founding editor of the BVI government’s youth magazine.
Track and field is my favourite sport. In my spare time, I exercise, work out, travel, watch movies and socialize online.
I am 30, single and have two children.
Later on, I will answer some more intimate details of my business in Saint Lucia, responses to my business here, and how we intend to move forward.