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Reflections of A Great-Granddaughter on the Closing of The St. Croix Avis

Marcellina Ventura-Douglas

As we bid farewell to an institution deeply embedded in our cultural history, the closure of The St. Croix Avis marks the end of an era—a moment that resonates not just within the confines of our community but in the heart of journalistic heritage.

Founded by my great-grandfather, Canute Brodhurst Sr., The St. Croix Avis stood as a testament to the unwavering dedication and journalistic integrity of a man who sought to empower his people through the printed word. From its inception, this paper transcended mere reporting; it became a harbinger of change, a voice for the voiceless, and a mirror reflecting the pulse of our community.

Being a freshman in journalism as the Radio News Reporter for the WTJX NewsFeed, this chapter comes full circle for me. My great-grandfather died years before I was born, but his legacy always towered in the story of my lineage. I grew up with a sense of personal responsibility to not only respect but “live up” to in some way, this indelible mark he made in this community.

The spirit of my great-grandfather lives on in the journalists who honed their craft with The St. Croix Avis, in the stories that sparked conversations and in the community that rallied behind its pages. For decades, this paper has been more than a source of information, it has been a custodian of our collective memories, a chronicler of triumphs and tribulations, and a bridge connecting us across time. I do not walk in the shoes of my great-aunt, Rena Brodhurst, but I imagine that the decision to close the doors of an institution as large as The St. Croix Avis was not an easy one to be made. However, amidst the somber notes of closure, we as a community should find solace in the enduring legacy it leaves behind.

It serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving our heritage, cherishing the values of journalistic integrity, and honoring the visionaries who paved the way. While many may question why, let us carry forward with the spirit on which The St. Croix Avis was founded, embracing the values of truth, tenacity, and unwavering dedication to our community.

Thank you, Aunty Rena, for carrying the torch for all these years, and thank you to The St. Croix Avis for the profound legacy you leave behind.

Marcellina Ventura-Douglas

Radio News Reporter, WTJX NewsFeed

Marcellina Ventura-Douglas is the Radio News Reporter for WTJX-FM, 93.1. Born and raised on St. Croix, Ventura-Douglas graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands, where she received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. While at UVI, she worked in the office of Senator Shawn-Michael Malone before beginning her career in radio. Ventura-Douglas fell in love with radio growing up, when she and her father would spend every morning and afternoon listening to local radio news legend, Alvin G. After leaving Senator Malone's office, she became the program director of Vivid Streaming. She then joined WTJX-TV, Channel 12 as a producer. Soon after, she was tapped to switch to WTJX-FM to present an evening news. She is passionate about bringing radio news to the Virgin Islands community through the WTJX NewsFeed, airing every weekday at 5:00pm on 93.1 FM and available online, on demand.
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