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  • March 29, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Relatively few Rhode Islanders would be able to identify the name of the Providence Journal's general manager, but Mark Ryan is a very influential guy on Fountain Street and he's positioned to have a big impact on the newspaper's future. I profile him in this week's Phoenix:

    Some of Ryan’s admirers tab the one-time Irish Catholic kid from Warwick as a born-and-bred Rhode Islander — a description they would never bestow on the Journal’s former Yankee owners, even though they were among the state’s founding Five Families.

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  • March 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Tomorrow's Phoenix will contain my profile of Mark T. Ryan, general manager and executive vice president of the Providence Journal, whose influence has steadily ascended during Howard Sutton's eight-year tenure as publisher.

    As Anchor Rising's Marc Comtois astutely pointed out, the fate of the Journal should concern all Rhode Islanders since, as the state's largest and most important news organization, it has a dramatic impact in determining which stories do (and don't) get covered.

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  • March 23, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Following media writer Andy Smith's reassignment to writing about jobs for an advertising supplement, the Providence Journal is dispatching assistant features editor Alan Rosenberg to oversee the ProJo's South County bureau. Rosenberg, who plays an important role in coordinating the Journal's arts and entertainment coverage, will reportedly not be replaced in his current post.

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  • March 23, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The Providene Journal's estimable Kathy Gregg had a great story yesterday about the Carcieri administration's growing use of temporary staffers. One suspects that if legislative Democrats offered as few answers on this, the governor would be all over them.

    Still, isn't it kind of fascinating that the ProJo's editorial board has been ahead of its reporters in taking Carcieri to task?

  • March 23, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As RI Future has pointed out, Brown grad Joshua Micah Marshall has played a significant role in advancing the national story involving the Bush administration's dismissal of federal prosecutors. I heard Marshall interviewed yesterday on NPR and he outlined a very plausible view of how citizen-journalists can play an important role in moving forward stories and fact-checking others.

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  • March 22, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE II: Since the ProJo has gotten up to speed, WRNI GM Joe O'Connor has made an announcement via e-mail. Here's most of the accompanying news release:

    (Boston) -WBUR, 90.9 FM, Boston's NPR news station, today announced it will sell WRNI, 1290 AM, to Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) for $2 million, fulfilling its commitment to secure the future of public radio in the Ocean State.

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  • March 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Back in the '80s, I once met Charles Einstein when my mom was working with him at a New York PR outfit. While he was very personable, my greater appreciation of Einstein came later while delving into The Fireside Book of Baseball, of which he edited four volumes. It's a great book for baseball fans, containing such gems as "Hub fans bid kid adieu," John Updike's classic New Yorker account of Ted Williams's last game (as many of us know, the Splendid Splinter, in poetic form, hit a home run in his last at-bat, in a mostly empty Fenway Park.

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  • March 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Some ProJo staffers are riled by management's abrupt reassignment of longtime scribe Andy Smith, who in recent years has handled the media beat, reportedly to a slot writing about jobs for an advertising supplement.

    Smith didn't immediately return a phone message left earlier today. If he responds, I'll update this post.

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  • March 15, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    A few years back, US District Court Judge Ernest Torres sentenced WJAR-TV investigative reporter Jim Taricani to home confinement for refusing to identify who provided him with an FBI videotape of Frank Corrente accepting a bribe at Providence City Hall. The tangled tale was a quintessential Rhode Island story.

    In this week's Phoenix, Taricani writes about the journalistic fallout of the Scooter Libby conviction.

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  • March 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Members of the Pawtucket Newspaper Guild and the Woonsocket Newspaper Guild have overwhelmingly voted to merge with the Providence Newspaper Guild (PNG). The votes were 33-0 in Woonsocket, on March 12 and 13, and 22-0 in Pawtucket on on March 6.

    The merger will push the membership of the Providence Newspaper Guild back over 500, a number that diminished through attrition at the Providence Journal and at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, a separate bargaining unit of the PNG.

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  • March 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The Providence Journal's Mike Stanton yesterday continued his good reporting on Operation Dollar Bill, the federal probe of State House influence-peddling. As Andrew notes at Anchor Rising, the timing was very appropriate, given how this is National Sunshine Week.

    The ProJo has long played a vital role by unearthing important information in Rhode Island, particularly wrongdoing by public officials, and by aggressively fighting for the public's right to know.

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  • March 08, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    A long time ago, when N4N was a cub reporter at the Fitchburg-Leominster Sentinel & Enterprise, an older, more experienced reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette turned to me during a Fitchburg City Council meeting and asked me to explain what was going on. My surprise notwithstanding, that reporter, Linda Killian, went on to write a well-reviewed book about the freshman class of Newt Gingrich's (short-lived) 1994 Republican revolution and to direct Boston University's Washington Journalism Center (WJC).

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  • March 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    John DePetro this morning offered some justified props to WLNE-TV's Jim Hummel, who has steadily mined a rich vein of journalistic fodder in North Providence. I didn't see it, but Hummel described a report last night in which he revealed a town official's generous payout for unused vacation and sick time. Others are taking note of the Channel 6 reporter's hot streak; DePetro says Hummel will be the subject of a profile in this Sunday's ProJo.

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  • March 01, 2007
    By Ian Donnis
    <DIV align=left><FONT face=Tahoma><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">WRNI GM Joe O'Connor has sent an e-mail describing how the local NPR affiliate's Friday morning Political Roundtalble, which features the ProJo's Scott MacKay and URI political science chairwoman Maureen Moakley, will&nbsp;expand to a full hour tomorrow morning at 9 AM.

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  • February 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Besides being a valuable resource for Sox fans, Bruce Allen's Boston Sports Media Watch does a good job of critiquing the periodic overblown, media-driven Manny Ramirez controversies. Yesterday was no exception:

    The power of the press to slant opinion was evident this morning, as Manny Ramirez reported to camp. The accounts on blogs such as the Globe's Extra Bases, described things as "terse" and that Manny spoke "sharply" to Jackie MacMullan.

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