During the years that Michael deCordova, who joined the paper in 1888, was managing director of the company, The Gleaner became a Jamaican institution. It became a modern internationally recognized newspaper.
Michael deCordova established Gleaner funds to collect money for disaster relief and worthy causes. Among the initiatives was the opening of a fund to purchase bombing planes for Britain. Michael was also a founding member of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation.
In 1969 “The old lady of Harbour Street” moved to a modern five storey plant on North Street, its present location.
In 1976, Oliver F. Clarke joined The Gleaner, accepting an invitation to do so by then-Chairman Leslie Ashenheim. He left Jamaica National Building Society and headed to North Street on secondment for two years. He remained at the Gleaner for 36 years.
Mr. Clarke initiated and presided over a Gleaner milestone. A $4million mortgage debenture loan, the largest stock issue ever placed on the Jamaica money market at the time, was floated in July 1978 and oversubscribed in four weeks. The debenture was used to refinance existing short-term high-interest loans and helped to steer the company once more into a profitable position.
BIG CHANGES AT THE GLEANER
The Gleaner was one of the first newspapers in the Caribbean to ‘go computer’.
Towards the end of 1982, the production of The Gleaner was revolutionized by the advent of a three million dollar computer system. In the newsroom, typewriters all but disappeared, their incessant bang and clatter replaced by the electronic hum and gentle percussion of computer terminals.
The 1990s also was a watershed era for The Gleaner on December 7, 1992, the name of the paper was changed from The Daily Gleaner to The Gleaner.
Dig More in honour of The Gleaner
The Gleaner Company has had a resounding effect on Jamaica as well as on the men and women who have worked there throughout the years. Here is an abbreviated look at what they had to say about their experiences
A look at the famous Jamaicans that got their start at The Gleaner…