Sources at the Providence Journal and WPRI-TV say the partnership between the two outlets, heretofore fairly minimal, is expected to grow in the coming months.
There are already some signs of greater crossover. WPRI now features items from the ProJo's PolitiFact operation on its newscast and the paper's sports reporters have begun to appear with regularity on Sports Wrap, the nightly sports show on WPRI's Fox affiliate.
Jay Howell, general manager at WPRI, says details are still to be worked out. But he says viewers can expect to see ProJo reporters appearing on "The Rhode Show," an on-air lifestyle magazine, and elsewhere with growing frequency.
This represents a bit of an opening up for the ProJo, which has been reluctant to put its talent on the air to date, even in the face of plummeting circulation and advertising revenue.