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Joel Rawson

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Short-sighted?

There may, in the end, be no way to save the American metropolitan newspaper. Plummeting advertising revenue and competition from the Internet often seem forces too daunting for even the savviest of publishers.
The Projo 's ultra-local approach could save the paper — or spell its demise
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 28, 2009

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

Dark days on Fountain Street

There are black umbrellas in the poolside Pernod and grapefruits at Casa Diablo upon our having learned that ace reporter Scott MacKay has taken the Urinal’s buyout package.
With a parting shot, MacKay joins the exodus from the once-mighty BeloJo
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 27, 2008
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Media rebels in the Internet age

Bloggers have “used a new and powerful medium and ‘crashed the gates’ to ensure that information — the most important ingredient in a democracy — would be available to anyone who wanted to write, read, or debate.”
The debate-defining posts of Rhode Island activists wield influence beyond their readership
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 01, 2008
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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
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The ProJo's brave new world

The Providence Journal is turning to an unlikely source — high school football — for help.
Will going super-local on the Web strengthen the paper?
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 05, 2007


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Fading memory

When former Dodgers pitcher Clem Labine died at age 80 on March 2, his death barely got a mention in the next day’s Providence Journal .
The Projo ’s institutional knowledge is on the wane
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 29, 2007
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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
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Projo editor says the full Station story will never be told

Will the full story of the 2003 Station nightclub fire ever be told?
Aftermath
By BRAIN C. JONES  |  March 21, 2007
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Concern cited on earlier deadline and impact on sports

When the Providence Journal focuses its resources, it remains quite a good newspaper.
As the ProJo turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 07, 2007
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Management cuts pizza and cash prizes for writing competition

A strong in-house writing culture is a big part of what has long distinguished the Providence Journal from other similarly sized dailies, so reporters are disheartened by management’s elimination of the money for pizza during monthly writing discussion
As the ProJo turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 24, 2007


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Rhode Island’s man of mystery

The hard-luck obit writer has just made his literary debut, in Gravewriter , a fast-paced mystery that represents a promising new chapter in Providence Journal reporter Mark Arsenault’s budding sideline as a fiction writer.
 Projo reporter Mark Arsenault carves a budding sideline in fiction
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 14, 2006

Reporter rumbles off rather than writing ‘puff pieces’

As a car enthusiast and former mechanic, Tony DePaul probably seemed like a good choice to take on one of two new automotive beat jobs at the Providence Journal .
As The ProJo Turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 27, 2006
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Love and war

Shakespeare might have subtitled All’s Well That Ends Well (presented by Actors’ Shakespeare Project at Cambridge Family YMCA Theater through May 14) Smart Women, Foolish Choices .
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 25, 2006

Bureau consolidation sparks concern about local presence

In its day, the Providence Journal ’s statewide network of news bureaus was a marvel.
As The ProJo Turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 16, 2006

As the ProJo Turns

The Providence Journal rolled into 2006 in dramatic form.
Is the staffing glass half-full or half-empty?
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 18, 2006