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Editorial | The legacy of Barbara Gloudon

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By this promotion, Mrs Gloudon paved the way in journalism for other women. She broke the gender barrier and allowed others to get into what was essentially a boys’ club. All in all, she influenced and inspired generations of journalists, male and female.

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Jamaica lost a champion for truth and transparency with the passing of pioneering journalist, Barbara Gloudon, OD, OJ.

The gender barrier-breaking journalist, whose career in media, theatre and public relations spanned more than half a century, died in hospital on Wednesday after a period of illness, and mere days after the passing of her husband, Ancile. They were married in 1970.

Her death reverberated well beyond these shores as colleagues, fans and well-wishers took to social media to pay tribute. The expressions of condolence and remembrances that have been pouring in as news of her death has spread is an indication of how she managed to earn fondness from audiences across the island, as well as from the diaspora.

The St Elizabeth native got her start in journalism at this newspaper back in 1953, this fledgling reporter was no doubt fascinated by the big-city newsroom, and decided to make her mark. She moved through various positions with consummate skill and passion. Her eventual appointment as editor of The Gleaner ’s evening edition, THE STAR , loudly heralded the fact that women journalists were not satisfied to function as mere beat reporters, but were urgently seeking to become part of the newsroom leadership and management.

By this promotion, Mrs Gloudon paved the way in journalism for other women. She broke the gender barrier and allowed others to get into what was essentially a boys’ club. All in all, she influenced and inspired generations of journalists, male and female.

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