It's been a week since the Boston Globe ran a front-page story, in its Sunday edition, on the August ouster of RISD museum director Hope Alswang, and no follow-up by the ProJo.
The breakthrough in the Globe piece: the paper obtained a copy of a letter Maeda sent to Alswang before her dismissal labeled "final warning" that focused on her "destructive behavior" and rocky relationship with the school's board of trustees. The story also had plenty of Alswang defenders questioning Maeda's handling of the situation.
The story had its shortcomings: the Globe, like other media outlets, was unable to get either of the principles to speak about the split. And the ProJo, which threw a multi-reporter team at the story when it broke, could argue that it already covered the bulk of the tale.
But the letter represents a substantial advancement of the story. This is the sort of development that the ProJo probably needs to break if it is to succeed as the ultra-local, must-read newspaper it aims to be. And it must, at a minimum, note this kind of development in an important story - even if it is reported elsewhere first.