I've been critical of the Providence Journal's new web site, providencejournal.com - in particular, it's failure to do much in the way of adventurous visual storytelling. Creative use of photography and video is, in many ways, the hallmark of a strong web site. And too many media companies, the Phoenix included, have moved too slowly on this front.
If you haven't yet picked up today's Phoenix - blasphemy! - I've got a cover story on Congressman David Cicilline's steady, if little-noted comeback from the depths of late winter and early spring, when news broke of Providence's fiscal meltdown (the freshman Congressman, of course, had just come off a two-term stint as Providence mayor).
Fake news giant The Onion brings its fakery to Rhode Island starting today. For reals. The satirical paper has struck a franchise deal with Gaspee Publishing to print and distribute the rag at bars, restaurants, and coffee shops and on street corners in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts.
The Onion is currently available in 16 markets, including New York, Chicago, and Austin, Texas.
No great surprise here, but now it's official. Former Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri has endorsed Republican Brendan Doherty, former superintendent of the state police, for Congress.
Carcieri was scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Doherty months ago, though a family emergency kept him away.
As his fundraising edge over Republican rival John J.
Amid the ever-dreary news about the Rhode Island economy, an intriguing finding from Richard Florida, an urban theorist best known for his book The Rise of the Creative Class, and his colleagues at the Martin Prosperity Institute.
Florida, also senior editor at the Atlantic magazine, and his partners Charlotta Mellander and Karen King find Rhode Island is fifth best among the states and the District of Columbia when it comes to places for women to work.
Congressman David Cicilline has named Brandon Naylor his new communications director.
Naylor, who worked in the same capacity for former Congressman Dennis Moore of Kansas, has been on the job for two days.
A Topeka native, Naylor says he arrived in Washington shortly after graduating from Kansas University. He landed a job as Moore's executive assistant and worked for the Democrat for four-and-a-half years, eventually rising to the post of communications director.