The first issue of the Overseas Gleaner was published in July 1951. Renamed The Weekly Gleaner, the paper grew out of efforts to keep the public informed after “the worst modern day strike by a hurricane on the shores of Jamaica” in August 1951.
The other North American publication, The Weekly Star, covers the latest in Jamaican music, arts and theatre, with special human interest features and news about community life.
The Weekly Gleaner is the top Caribbean newspaper in North America, distributed in 22 American and eight Canadian cities. The papers reach approximately 300,000 readers weekly, most of whom are online. Physical copies of the papers are available in 22 cities across 19 states:
- New York
- New Jersey
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
The weekly papers keep the ‘Jamerican’ population up-to-date on developments in news, business and sports back home. “Clients are always interested in the quality of life of Jamaicans at home. Crime, living wages, education, poverty, basic services such as health, water and electricity are of major concerns. Diaspora readers and clients also enjoy the cultural offerings and entertainment news,” explained Phyllis Barnes, marketing executive in the Gleaner’ USA’s New York office. She also noted that Jamaicans in the Diaspora want to see more of themselves and their activities represented in the papers as well.
“Many of the subscribers are only interested in Jamaican content, what is going on back home,” added Gleaner’ USA’s office administrator, Normadelle Rose.