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The Jamaica Daily Gleaner
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the jamaica daily newspaper

By Cheri Youmans

There are now several newspapers in Jamaica, but the Jamaica Gleaner is at the top of the chart, still the most respected and credible.


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A Little History

In 1834, when Jamaica underwent major transformation, The Gleaner was first published. Slavery in the British colonies officially came to an end this year. At that time, auctions were the major method of doing business in Kingston.

Due to this, Jacob and Joshua DeCordova, two half-brothers, decided to print the DeCordova's Advertising Sheet for the purchase and sale of commodities.

On September 13, 1834, they released the inaugural issue of The Gleaner and Weekly Compendium of News, the predecessor to the present Gleaner, building on the popularity of their initial magazine.

The Saturday edition of the newspaper cost ten shillings every quarter for city residents and thirteen shillings and four pence for rural residents to subscribe.

The weekly family newspaper devoted to literature, morality, the arts, science, and entertainment was added to the title three months later. Two years later, they combined The Gleaner and DeCordova's Advertising Sheet to create a four-page newspaper that was published every day but Sunday. Every morning at five o'clock, a separate sheet with the advertisements was printed and given out for free. By six o'clock, subscribers could pick up the entire paper.

The Sunday Gleaner was first published in 1939, immediately following the start of World War II. The Daily Gleaner had to be confined to eight or 10 pages due to the shortage of newsprint and gasoline during the war, and the few rationed gallons of gas that were available were utilized to transport reporters who were covering news. Papers were transported by rail, bicycle, donkey, mule, lads on foot, and any other kind of non-gasoline transportation.

Jamaicans have come to love the Gleaner because the newspaper has something to offer that is central to the well being of Jamaicans.

Jamaican Gleaner feature topics that cover areas like:

  • business, 
  • sports, 
  • entertainment, 
  • socializing, 
  • politics, 
  • health, 
  • and jobs. 

The Jamaica Gleaner features timely local political news to keep its readers abreast of the politics of the nation. You will definitely love it when you see it.

With good quality pictures, Jamaican Gleaner also feature photos of recent events for viewers to appreciate. Most of these pictures are those of esteemed figures and celebrities that don’t easily come by.

The health section of the Gleaner is packed with useful health tips for readers of all ages. Health articles cover a wide spectrum, from the need to wash your hands before eating to the big ones like the adverse effects of drug abuse. There is a wide range of health topics that will just keep you reading.

One of the most notable sections of the Gleaner is the Flair section. In this section of the paper, you are bound to be intimidated as you read stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Some of such stories include that of a blind man who can’t just be divorced from his vision of being an artist. If you feel like having some motivation, the Flair section has something to spur you out of your comfort zone.

What’s Cooking? Is the title head for the Jamaican Gleaner page on cooking. The cooking section of the newspaper is not about teaching you recipes, but they feature top information that can help you get the most delicious meals around the Island.

The section also point you to newest and best restaurants around town that you might want to check out, and some show of delicacies you might want to taste too.

The Gleaner is full of top-notch business news, from Jamaica and around the world. They even cover the world of autos too; giving you news about local dealers of foreign cars.

Jamaicans can now be kept in the knowing about world events as they read from the world news page. The Gleaner also come with good tips on career and job choices.

No matter the kind of information you take likeness to, the Jamaica Gleaner likely has something to say about it, with top news articles and timely information.

The link to their website online is www.jamaica-gleaner.com.

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