What can RI, ProJo expect from GateHouse?

What can RI, ProJo expect from GateHouse?

I was a just journalism student at URI when the Providence Journal was sold to Belo in 1997. Linda Levin was the best professor we had, and her schtick was regaling us with stories of her and her husband Len Levin’s glory days in the ProJo newsroom. She was outwardly devastated. I was made to understand [...]

Who’s barrel has more ink: Linc Chafee or Ed Achorn?

Who’s barrel has more ink: Linc Chafee or Ed Achorn?

When Governor Chafee criticized Providence Journal editorial page editor Ed Achorn in an op/ed he submitted to the Providence Journal, the critique was edited out of the submission. As a result, Chafee released an “unedited” version of his piece this morning. Removed from the piece that ran in the Providence Journal was the governor’s lede: [...]

Government FOR the People

Government FOR the People

Last week I wrote an op-ed in response to Mike Stenhouse’s op-ed Left won’t defend failed RI Policies lambasting Tom Sgouros and Sam Bell . My first draft went to the Providence Journal, but the conversation with the editor didn’t go well for a variety of reasons. Next I sent it to GoLocalProv with the [...]

RIC honors Richard Walton

RIC honors Richard Walton

As my co-editor, Rhode Island College (RIC) President Nancy Carriuolo will tell you that the late Richard Walton clearly understood the power of the emerging Internet and the power social media would wield in our daily lives.  The beloved social activist and educator who put tireless energy and effort into supporting many worthy causes began [...]

RI state of mind and misleading headlines

RI state of mind and misleading headlines

“Rhode Island Most Miserable State” said numerous articles, as Gallup released its latest polling for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index on stress levels and enjoyment in various states. The problem with the headline is that it misrepresented the data Gallup provided, which can be seen here. Sadly, The Providence Journal mistakenly reported that Rhode Island was [...]

Heartfelt Sympathies to Laid-Off ProJo Employees

Heartfelt Sympathies to Laid-Off ProJo Employees

The big local story of the day will be neither the 2012 election or the Son of Sandy, as the Providence Journal cleverly called it this morning … rather it will be the employees of said newspaper who lost their jobs yesterday. I hear 26 people were let go – 16 union and 10 non-union [...]

Rep. David Cicilline cracks a smile as he takes questions from the press.

Gemma-Cicilline Debate: The Crowd Has No Rules

This debate was a pissing-match. But not between the candidates. Rather, their supporters, gathered together in a room, attempted to dominate one another by shouting out “liar” when either candidate spoke, booing, chanting their candidate’s name, etc. For those sitting in the room trying to listen, it made for an unpleasant evening trying to hear [...]

Projo Uses ‘Scare Quotes’ To Smear Progressives

Projo Uses ‘Scare Quotes’ To Smear Progressives

Projo State House beat reporter Phil Marcelo is one of the best journalists in the state, and so I have to assume this is something that happened in the editing process of his piece today titled “Democrats poised to unwrap own spending proposal.” I’ve sent my friend Phil an email and am waiting to hear [...]

Error Makes Projo Explain Doonesbury Decision

Error Makes Projo Explain Doonesbury Decision

Thanks to a “production error,” the Providence Journal ended up giving us an explanation for why it didn’t run Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury cartoon that deals with the Texas abortion law. This item was in today’s Corrections: “The distributor of Doonesbury this week offered to newspapers nationwide a choice of two comic story lines. The creator, [...]

Projo Pulls Controversial Doonesbury Cartoon

Projo Pulls Controversial Doonesbury Cartoon

The Providence Journal not only won’t publish a controversial Doonesbury cartoon that is running this week, its editors won’t even talk about it. When I called for a comment on why Garry Trudeau’s latest cartoons, which deal with Texas’ new abortion law, wasn’t in the paper yesterday two different editors hung up on me. First [...]

Providence Journal Losing It’s Tax Cut Religion?

With all the Huricane Irene preperation going on, maybe you missed the monumental shift yesterday in editorial policy at the newspaper of record in Rhode Island.  After years of supporting tax cuts for the elite and encouraging buidgetary policy coddling the CEO class in the hopes that they would through their good graces employ the [...]

Because donating to the Bruins and the Celtics matters to the pension issue….how?

I know the right wing loves to miss the little things…and the big things…and the inbetween things….that get reported in the media, but this one is perplexing.  The lede in Projo reporter Mark Reynold’s story about Johnston’s potential decision to turn over management of local pension funds to TD Bank contains an interesting resume builder: [...]