Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

3 responses to “Heartfelt Sympathies to Laid-Off ProJo Employees”

  1. jgardner

    “That’s 9 journalists our paper of record is losing as a result of this decision from Dallas based on how to better serve stockholders rather than Rhode Islanders.”

    You acknowledge that people have voted with their wallets and reduced their support of print media, then go on to note the existence of great opportunities in the independent media. Why take a swipe at the Projo’s parent company? What difference does it make that the company is located in TX?

    But let’s say the paper was still owned by a RI company, how do you know the same thing wouldn’t have happened? Couldn’t the “independent media” you’re a member of be part of the reason these layoff’s happened, that as the number of places to get quality news has increased, print media, unable or unwilling to adapt to changing consumer tastes, has suffered and layoffs are the end result?

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  2. Big Daddy

    Wonder if this was a direct result of Obama being re-elected.  I think so.  This guy said he did it for that very reason.

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  3. David Pepin

    It’s a chicken/egg argument.
    The so-called alternative media (RIF, GoLocal, WRNI, and you can even argue Anchor Rising) didn’t become factors until the ProJo was well into its pullback of bureaus, local news coverage, etc. It’s not just about the appetite for an ideological perspective (like RIF or AR), but basic local news. We’ve seen other daily and weekly papers, and even Patch, cut newsgathering resources (staff, freelance budgets, etc.). I now cover a small town that has no print or online news outlet besides my paper, and much of its political debate is driven by the websites of the town’s two competing political factions.

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