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Saving the ProJo

When I interviewed for a job as a reporter at the Providence Journal in early 2007, there was still a whiff of innovation about the place.
Why the paper is falling apart — and how to bring it back
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 30, 2012

Chi Chi and Ant-knee face off; Doherty’s not a diva; great vengeance

Your superior correspondents, after a few belts of Pernod and grapefruit to get us in the mood, tuned in to the Democratic Congressional primary debate on the big screen in Casa Diablo's Boom Boom Room this week.
Midget wrestling
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 31, 2012

Aquidneck Island = Wild Kingdom; Schilling plays the blame game

As many of our readers know, Aquidneck Island has a huge problem with coyotes terrorizing pets and putting parents on edge. Recently, Middletown hired a hunter to blow away as many as he could find.
Coyote Ugly
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 01, 2012

The ProJo passes on controversial 'Doonesbury' series

Turn to the comics in this week's Providence Journal and there, near the top of the right-hand column, you'll find cartoonist and provocateur Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" in its usual spot.
As the ProJo Turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 16, 2012

Its paywall up, the way forward for the Journal

The Providence Journal 's long-awaited paywall went up this week.
As The ProJo Turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 02, 2012

Journalism MIA

Phillipe and Jorge are wishing a speedy recovery to our old friend, Bob Whitcomb, editor of the Urinal's editorial pages.
ProJo Medical report; the wild ones
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 25, 2011 arrives with a thud

The Providence Journal 's much anticipated new web site, , made an underwhelming debut this week.
As the ProJo Turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 21, 2011

The Providence Journal makes its move

The Providence Journal , in a wraparound on the front section of its September 13 issue, announced in bold print: WE'RE CHANGING.
As The ProJo Turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 16, 2011

Is Rhode Island a paywall mecca?

Media analysts say Rhode Island could be especially fertile ground for a declining newspaper industry's primary survival strategy — charging readers for access to its heretofore free web sites.
As the ProJo Turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 19, 2011

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

Carcieri pushes for Medicaid waiver

With the impact disputed, Carcieri pushes for his Medicaid waiver.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 15, 2009

With the impact disputed, Carcieri pushes for his Medicaid waiver

There's a certain audacity to Governor Carcieri's drive to put a global Medicaid waiver in place in Rhode Island.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 14, 2009

As the Pro Jo turns

A full-page advertisement that ran on page A7 of Monday's ProJo featured an illustration depicting a workshop of flinty Amish craftsmen busily building what the headline called an "Amish mantle and miracle invention" that helps "home heat bills hit r
In tough times, newspapers get ad money where they can
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 08, 2009