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The high-stakes overhaul of a newspaper website

The Providence Journal 's website, once considered forward-looking, feels a little backward at the moment.
As the ProJo turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 19, 2010

Making waves

Rhode Island’s upstart National Public Radio affiliate, WRNI, aims to be nothing less than a major media player here. And in the space of just a couple of years, the station has taken some impressive first steps.
Can WRNI supplant the ProJo as the state’s news king?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 11, 2010

Crossing the line

The news from the Dallas-based A.H. Belo Corp., owners of the Dallas Morning News and our own Providence Urinal, hit home hard and quickly last week in Our Little Towne.
Belo Sells out. Plus, talk like a Brit, Chicago Vin acts up, and faithless football.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 11, 2009

News worth paying for?

The Providence Journal , offering a rare window onto its own affairs, recently reported that the newspaper could start charging for access to large swaths of as early as the first quarter of next year.
The ProJo considers charging for access to its Web site
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 04, 2009

Paging Dilbert

What’s black and white and re(a)d all over? Certainly not the Providence Urinal, whose circulation has been falling faster than a 1000-pound safe pushed out of a sky-scraper window.
Fonting around at the Urinal. Plus, celebrity karaoke, and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 06, 2009

The beginning of the end?

By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 25, 2009

Former editorial writer says his last column got spiked

An unidentified editorial writer was among those laid off when the Providence Journal eliminated 30 news jobs in October.
As The ProJo Turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 03, 2008

Heslin's rise: A change of the guard, but to what effect?

Thomas E. Heslin, the Providence Journal's new executive editor — like his storied predecessor — bridges two distinctly different journalistic eras.
As The ProJo Turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 19, 2008

Buyout falls short of goal; questions remain

Twenty-two Providence Journal employees, 12 in news and 10 in advertising, have taken the company up on its latest buyout.
As The ProJo Turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 27, 2008

Who’ll stop the pain?

Will the last reporter to leave the Providence Journal please turn out the lights?
Another round of cuts looms at the ProJo
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 30, 2008

Pillow talk

Phillipe + Jorge were shocked  to learn via Buddy Cianci’s WPRO radio show that Valerie Forti, head of the financially troubled Education Partnership, is married to Eddie Achorn, editorial page editor of the Urinal.
Digging into the Education Partnership-Achorn connection
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 02, 2008


The end of an era at the ProJo

“They’re too contrary, too independent, and too fiercely competitive,” he told me at the time.
Rawson bridges two distinctly different eras in journalism
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 19, 2008

The Journal wants it both ways on scrutiny of the media

There was a bit of unintended irony in the Providence Journal ’s publication Monday of Sydney Schanberg’s spot-on op-ed piece about Rupert Murdoch.
As the ProJo turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 15, 2007

Georgia man, angered about spelling bee, calls for boycott

A Georgia man has created a Web site calling for a boycott of Rhode Island’s statewide daily.
As the ProJo turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 18, 2007

The ProJo’s power behind the throne

Mark T. Ryan is a man of many descriptions.
Mark Ryan exemplifies the changes during 10 years of Belo’s ownership
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 28, 2007

Appetite vanishes for vetting “editorial mysteries” on casino switch

Although someone on the Providence Journal ’s editorial board wanted to offer a published explanation of the newspaper’s dramatic and unacknowledged recent reversal in endorsing the Harrah’s Entertainment-Narragansett Indian casino, the ensuing editoria
As the ProJo turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 08, 2006


A curious editorial switch on the Harrah’s casino

Reporters at the Providence Journal were among those taken by surprise when the paper, in an abrupt and unacknowledged reversal of its long-held position, editorialized on Sunday, October 22, in favor of the proposed Harrah’s Entertainment-Narragansett
As the ProJo turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 01, 2006

No cuts planned, but still a mixed story on Fountain Street

The good news is that no layoffs or voluntary job reductions are planned at the Providence Journal , unlike at the Belo Corporation’s flagship Dallas Morning News, where a move to cut 85 newsroom jobs was announced last month.
As The ProJo Turns  
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 06, 2006

Newspaper war erupts in publisher’s backyard

Warwick — the childhood home of Providence Journal publisher Howard G. Sutton and the town in which he still resides — has emerged as a site of intensifying competition for newspaper readers.
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 10, 2006

The incredible shrinking library

When a leaky roof closed the Washington Park branch of the Providence Public Library in January, a small number of children’s books were moved to a nearby former Benny’s store on Broad Street, and the branch’s literacy and after-school services fanned ou
Facing a $900k deficit and angry book lovers, the PPL reconsiders its city-wide approach
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 27, 2006