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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


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

The Journal gets a facelift

Metropolitan newspapers have been moving toward über-local coverage for some time now.
As the ProJo Turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 24, 2009

Keeping 'the Hope' alive on Fountain Street

The decline of the American newspaper is a story often told in bold print.
As the ProJo turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 08, 2009

The beginning of the end?

By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 25, 2009

Journal job cuts: Practical or self-destructive?

When John Hill sought his first mortgage as a young reporter, his banker told him, “Oh, you’ll be fine — you work at the Journal .”  
As The ProJo Turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 02, 2008

Smooth sailing

With the current Guild contract due to expire at the end of this month, union officials believe that a new three-year pact will be settled imminently.
Unlike ’99, Guild and management are poised for new contract
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 05, 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

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

Would the ProJo be better with local ownership?

In 2003, former Governor Bruce Sundlun wrote a letter to Robert Decherd, the CEO of the Dallas-based Belo Corporation, expressing his interest in restoring local ownership of the Providence Journal.
Belo — unwilling to sell to Sundlun — seems a bit more benign than in the past
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 07, 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

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

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