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Gift-getting, holiday cheer, staffing up and then -- boom! -- a New Year will be here, full of exciting stories yet to happen. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to drop me tips/comments at idonnis (at) ripr (org) and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

Randal Edgar, one of the three Statehouse reporters for the Providence Journal, is leaving Smith Hill to become the ProJo's deputy editorial pages editor, RIPR has learned.

Edgar will serve as the deputy to editorial pages editor Edward Achorn in his new role.

Edgar, a 12-year ProJo veteran, declined comment when contacted at the Journal's Statehouse bureau.

The pre-holiday slowdown is descending on the land, but there's still plenty of interesting stuff going on, naturally. So thanks for stopping by and feel free to send me a note at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

The top candidates running for governor said they are energized by the latest Providence Journal/Channel 12 poll. Democratic Treasurer Gina Raimondo leads Cranston Mayor Allan Fung with 42 percent to his 36 percent.

The poll shows Raimondo doing well among women, while Fung is polling strongly with men. Fung also has a higher favorability rating. Fung said the poll shows that his campaign is gaining momentum.

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Providence Newspaper Guild members and their supporters protested outside the Providence Journal building at noon Thursday to draw attention to plans by the ProJo's new ownership to cut up to 40 additional jobs.

With more than a hint of fall in the air, the general election candidates are driving toward the finish line. So sit back, take a read of my weekly notes, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and take a gander at the twitters. Here we go.

Four days until primary day in Rhode Island, and then a sprint to the November 4 general election. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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New Media Investment Group completed its $46 million purchase of the Providence Journal Wednesday, as the paper's largest union, the Providence Newspaper Guild, sought a meeting with the new management team to preserve jobs in Rhode Island.

Twenty-two members of the Providence Newspaper Guild were laid off Tuesday, as part of New Media Investment Group's acquisition of Rhode Island's statewide newspaper, including the Providence Journal's well-respected longtime metro columnist, Bob Kerr.

The cuts, which also include some separate non-Guild positions, were implemented by the ProJo ahead of the closing of New Media's purchase of the Journal. New Media Investment Group is the corporate parent of GateHouse Media.

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New Media Investment Group "will make offers of employment to most of the current employees" at the Providence Journal, according to an email sent at 5 pm Thursday, and the ProJo's longtime publisher, Howard Sutton, is on his way out at Fountain Street.

How will the sale of the Providence Journal affect labor contracts, small businesses, and the state's other newspapers?  We discuss all these questions on this week's episode of the Bottom Line.

Media consultant and former managing editor at the Providence Journal, Bill Ostendorf joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon, along with Providence Business News editor Mark Murphy to do the numbers.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 pm.

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A US Securities and Exchange Commission filing outlining GateHouse Media's purchase of the Providence Journal suggests GateHouse may cut up to 40 jobs once the deal for Rhode Island's statewide daily closes later this year.

Molly Milanowski / RIPR

Rhode Island’s largest newspaper, The Providence Journal, has been sold.  The daily paper will soon be owned by the parent company of GateHouse Media.

New Media Investment Group agreed to buy The Providence Journal for $46 million in a deal expected to close later this year. The company already owns dozens of newspapers, including The Cape Cod Times, and The Taunton Gazette. The sale does not include the newspaper’s downtown Providence headquarters.

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