[Blackstudies-l] Saluting Jamaicans who have done well in international media

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occasion of Lester Holt being named host of NBC Nightly News in the USA. As
we reflected last month during World Press Freedom Day celebrations, it is
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*An editorial from Jamaica's Observer on the occasion of Lester Holt being
named host of NBC Nightly News in the USA.*

As we reflected last month during World Press Freedom Day celebrations, it
is safe to say that journalists are universally accepted as indispensable
to the democracy and development of every country. Thankfully, that has
been the prevailing view in Jamaica, where media professionals are
recognised for their work.

At the risk of sounding incestuous, we believe that Jamaican journalists,
in the main, have produced credible and sometimes outstanding work both in
Jamaica and in countries where they ply their trade overseas. Many of our
top journalists worked overseas after starting in Jamaica, and many who
achieved success abroad returned to give service in Jamaica.

Several of them broke the colour barrier in foreign media. Among the
earliest was Una Marson, who worked for the British Broadcasting
Corporation (BBC) during World War II after writing for Public Opinion in
Jamaica. She pioneered the BBC radio series Caribbean Voices, which
showcased the work of Caribbean authors in their formative years, including
Messrs V S Naipaul, Samuel Selvon, George Lamming, and Derek Walcott.

Many Jamaicans sharpened their skills at the BBC, including the likes of Mr
Dwight Whylie, the first black radio announcer hired by the BBC. Some left
the Corporation to serve in other capacities: Mr Whylie was general manager
of the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC); Mr A E T Henry became the
first head of the Government Public Relations Office (forerunner of the
Jamaica Information Service), and Mr Anthony Abrahams, the first black TV
reporter at the BBC went on to lead the Jamaica Tourist Broad and be
minister of tourism; and more recently, Mr Hugh Crosskill who worked for
the BBC Caribbean Service.

Distinguished Jamaican-born photographer Mr Michel du Cille died while
covering Ebola in Liberia. He was photo editor of the Washington Post
(1988-2005) and his outstanding work was recognised by being awarded three
Pulitzers prizes.

The tradition of Jamaicans in global media continues with people like Mr
Darren Jordon on Al Jazeera. He was born in London of Jamaican parents and
served eight years as a captain in the Jamaica Defence Force and was part
of the 1983 US-led invasion of Grenada.

Apart from doing Jamaica proud by their accomplishments, they helped to
promote our country. Several television personalities of Jamaican parents
have brought crews to film on the island, and many others have worked
unseen in Reuters and other wire services.

We note with pride that Mr Lester Holt, whose maternal grandparents came
from Jamaica, visited the island with his mother to connect to his roots
("To Jamaica with Mom") and has been named the anchor of NBC Nightly News,
replacing the discredited Brian Williams. He is the first person of colour
to be news anchor on one of the three major US networks.

Let us pay tribute to the Jamaicans who have worked in international media
and recognise them for their outstanding achievements.

For the original report go to
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Saluting-Jamaicans-who-have-done-well-in-international-media_19152212
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