Journalist, Janice Budd has Died

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Sections of the media are reacting in sadness to the news of the passing of longtime Journalist and Communications expert, Janice Budd.

Ms. Budd, who has served as a Journalist at CVM TV and RJR, and as Communications Manager at the Shipping Association of Jamaica, died yesterday. She was battling cancer.

Managing Director of the RJR Communications Group, Gary Allen, says Ms. Budd was an all-round competent Journalist. He says news of her passing is sad.

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Mr. Allen– who also worked with Ms. Budd at CVM Television– says she was an excellent documentary and feature writer.

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In the meantime, others have been expressing condolences on social media.

On Twitter, Information Minister Ruel Reid posted: RIP Janice Budd. So sorry to lose another of our media workers so soon after Ian.

Veteran Journalist Ian Boyne died two weeks ago after suffering from cardiac complications.

Media Manager Marcia Forbes also reacted to the news on Twitter, posting: Very sad to hear this. Really liked Janice. May her soul rest in peace.

And on Facebook, Information Officer at the Justice Ministry, Rohan Powell, posted: Janice Budd was the one…She would make a dull story transform into one worth listening and watching. A voice so smooth. It’s a time for joy as Janice Budd would not want it any other way.

Janice Budd — who is a Trelawny native– has also worked with the Jamaica Observer and the National Commercial Bank, NCB.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.