Jamaica Observer column | Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, May 18, 2009
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I remember the intense teenager seriously engaging my seniors at the Daily News, and commenting, "That guy is bright!" The youngster was Ian Boyne and at the age of 18, he was interviewing the likes of Rex Nettleford, Peter Abrahams and John Maxwell for cover stories in the paper's Xaymaca magazine.
Boyne had always been fascinated by clinical psychology and as a journalist at the then JBC in 1987, proposed to marry both disciplines in the creation of Profile, aired on Sunday afternoons. "I thought, maybe I could use the media to help us to have greater confidence in ourselves," he says. "Countries like Japan and other Asian states which had been viewed as backward were able to succeed because of their culture of cooperation and cultural confidence."