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Circulation problems

The ProJo's mounting woes; bus riders unite; making musical memories
Phillipe & Jorge's Cool, Cool World
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 03, 2013
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WPRI’s ambitious play for the Ocean State’s screens

Everything in Rhode Island is small. Even the Internet.
Turn on, plug in, and go
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 11, 2013
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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
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Hub fans bid Baron adieu

In the 1960s and 1970s, when the media sky was as expansive as the horizon of Fenway Park, Boston Globe editor Tom Winship hankered to make the Globe one of the nation's top 10 dailies. He succeeded.

By PETER KADZIS  |  November 23, 2012
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In Killer Show, Rhode Island gets its Perry Mason moment

We already know the story. On an icy night in 2003, a half-forgotten band in a half-forgotten club in a half-forgotten town ignited fireworks to kick off its set of 1980s nostalgia rock.
The Station Fire
By PHILIP EIL  |  October 12, 2012
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Patrick Conley’s fiery turn as historian laureate

Patrick Conley stands in a hallway lined with framed New York Times and Providence Journal articles about his campaign to lure high-end businesses to Providence's industrial waterfront.
Man About Town
By PHILIP EIL  |  August 31, 2012


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In DeSilva’s mystery Cliff Walk, fact and fiction blur

There is a moment in Bruce DeSilva's new book, Cliff Walk , when the novel's hero — a wisecracking, coffee-swilling investigative reporter named Liam Mulligan — flops on his mattress to read a book by former Tampa Tribune reporter Ace Atkins. "Crime
True Crime
By PHILIP EIL  |  June 01, 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

Farewell, Peter and June; see ya, Santorum; talking politics

Phillipe and Jorge have lost two wonderful friends and Little Rhody is also short a brace of its best with the recent passing of Peter Lord and June Gibbs.
Tombstone territory
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 13, 2012
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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


On the Ahlquist Story and Analysis


Providence Journal education reporter Jennifer Jordan had a fine cover story in Sunday's paper about the controversy over the prayer banner, recently deemed unconstitutional, at...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 23, 2012
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Local heroes at the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

Rick Bellaire, one of the chief organizers of the new Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, had an early feel for the state's gifts to the national culture.
Honor Roll
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 13, 2012

No Reporters, Columnists Leaving ProJo


There are no reporters or columnists among the nine Providence Journal staffers who took buyouts on Friday, according to John Hill, a reporter and president...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 19, 2011

Nine Take ProJo Buyouts


Nine Providence Journal employees have taken buyouts offered by the newspaper. The official announcement is to come Monday. The paper was looking to shed eight...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 16, 2011
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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


Parsing Winners and Losers in the Pension Battle


We've got a pretty good sense, now, for what the pension bill will look like when it comes up for a vote. And most observers...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 10, 2011

The Power of Video


I've been critical of the Providence Journal's new web site, providencejournal.com - in particular, it's failure to do much in the way of adventurous visual...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 07, 2011

GoLocal TV's Lo-Fi Ambition


Well, it ain't "60 Minutes." But news site GoLocalProv gets some points for ambition, if nothing else, with the launch of GoLocalProv TV, a four-week-old...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 24, 2011

Providencejournal.com arrives with a thud

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

ProJo Launches New Website


The Providence Journal's new website, providencejournal.com, is up and running. And if the aim is to drive people back to the more profitable print product,...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 17, 2011


As ProJo Launches Deals Service, Doubts About Model


The Providence Journal's Groupon-style daily deals service, announced a few weeks back, is now operational. The paper is promoting it heavily on its web site,...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 04, 2011

On Vetting


ProJo columnist Bob Kerr writes in his column today on the Daniel Gordon drama: ...we really do have to ask ourselves how a guy who did...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 21, 2011
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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.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 16, 2011

In the Phoenix: Labor and the ProJo


In this week's Phoenix, I've got a piece suggesting that the looming fight over pension reform will provide a window on one of the most pressing questions...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 15, 2011

At the ProJo: The Truth


Last week, I wrote in this space about the Providence Journal making its move: a new web site soon to be unveiled, the long-discussed pay...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 13, 2011


ProJo sister paper lays off 38


 Providence Journal sister paper, the Dallas Morning News, has laid off 38 employees in the face of declining advertising revenue. Both papers are owned by...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 08, 2011

ProJo Gets in on the Deal


The Providence Journal, which has been slow to innovate in recent years, is making moves. A half-page ad in today's paper trumpets the company's venture into the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 07, 2011

Indentured servitude and other keys to the Rhode Island recovery

Despite the continual awarding of tax breaks to various upper-income types, we Rhode Islanders are told our business climate is still near bottom. So I make these seven modest suggestions for addressing the problem.
Dollars and Sense
By BARRY SCHILLER  |  September 02, 2011
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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.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 19, 2011