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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

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

Buyout implemented, life continues on Fountain Street

Whether by accident or by design, there was little evident fallout of the latest Providence Journal buyout in the days after 22 employees ended their time at the ProJo.
As The ProJo Turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 17, 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

The ProJo and the Providence Newspaper Guild

The Providence Journal and the Providence Newspaper Guild reached agreement December 20 on a new three-year contract.
As the ProJo turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 26, 2007

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

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

A squandered opportunity for more competition

For those familiar with David Radler, the cuts at Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers seemed inevitable.
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 09, 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

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

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

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

Young Sulzberger prepares to go West

Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, who has built a promising foundation for his journalistic career during almost two years as a reporter at the Providence Journal , plans to leave the paper later this month to take a job at the Oregonian .
As the ProJo Turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 07, 2006

Carcieri’s no-show at Follies raises eyebrows

Suffering the merciless slings and arrows of the Providence Newspaper Guild’s Follies has become a time-honored rite of passage for the state’s politicians since the festive event was first held in 1974.
Talking Politics  
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 02, 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