ProJo Tidbits

Some news over at the ProJo:

  • Reporter Maria Armental has taken over the Cranston beat, with Randy Edgar's move to the State House bureau. Armental moves from the breaking news desk to one of the paper's higher-profile metro beats. It is a post that has traditionally been a launching pad for reporters at the ProJo. And Cranston is an important market for the paper, which has dropped regular coverage in low readership cities like Pawtucket and Central Falls.
  • The paper, as expected, is not giving raises this year to members of the Providence Newspaper Guild, which represents editorial and advertising staff. The ProJo has a right to do so under the guild's contract, which expires at the end of this year.
  • The ProJo recently hired back Corey Bourassa to fill a full-time, online post with the sports department. It is the latest faint sign of life at a paper that has shed staff in big numbers over the last year-and-a-half.
  • In that vein, the stock price for ProJo parent company A.H. Belo hit $5.76 at year's end, up from a 2009 low of $0.59. Still, it's all relative. The price was at $17.33 when it was first issued in January 2008 as part of a stock split. That's a drop of some 66 percent.
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