ProJo http://ripr.org en TGIF: 14 things to know about RI politics + media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-14-things-know-about-ri-politics-media-2 <p>After a long, strange trip, Election 2012 is in the books. It’s been a long week, so sit back and relax with my latest edition of TGIF. Your comments are welcome, as always, at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 8514 at http://ripr.org ProJo circulation declines again http://ripr.org/post/projo-circulation-declines-again <p>The ProJo continues to bleed print subscribers. According to the latest numbers from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, crunched by WPRI’s Ted Nesi, the daily Journal sold just 83,733 print copies on weekdays between April and Sept. 30, the period covered by the latest report. That is down by 6,352 from the figures reported 12 months ago.</p><p>On Sundays, the most lucrative advertising day of the week for newspapers, circulation dropped to 117,784, a decline of 11,240 since the September, 2011 report. Saturday circulation was also down.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:02:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 8642 at http://ripr.org Is the ProJo really this hard up? http://ripr.org/post/projo-really-hard <p>The ProJo, which is cutting employees once again, is really penny-pinching with this one. The state’s largest newspaper is ending the `Papers for Patients’&nbsp; program, according to a letter from Lori Gardnier, director of consumer sales for the ProJo, to hospital officials.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:36:55 +0000 Scott MacKay 8580 at http://ripr.org ProJo union trying to work with management to avert layoffs http://ripr.org/post/projo-union-trying-work-management-avert-layoffs <p>The <a href="http://www.riguild.org/">Providence Newspaper Guild </a>sent a letter to Providence Journal management, suggesting the two&nbsp;sides&nbsp;work together to find savings that could preclude layoffs at the statwide daily.</p><p>According to&nbsp;a letter distributed today to members of the&nbsp;Guild, the largest union at the ProJo:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>The company said it was interested in the idea, but wouldn’t be able to respond with specifics until after the first week of October.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 19:13:58 +0000 Ian Donnis 8590 at http://ripr.org ProJo seeking to shed more employees http://ripr.org/post/projo-seeking-shed-more-employees <p>With readership dropping and advertising revenues declining, the Providence Journal, the state’s largest newspaper, is seeking to shed more workers. The Projo&nbsp; is offering buyouts to veteran employees. If a sufficient number of employees do not take the buyouts, layoffs are likely, says John Hill, president of the Providence Newspaper Guild, the union representing many employees.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 19:30:16 +0000 Scott MacKay 8679 at http://ripr.org ProJo wins $2.5 million Providence property tax rebate in legal deal http://ripr.org/post/projo-wins-25-million-providence-property-tax-rebate-legal-deal <p>Providence city government and the Providence Journal have reached an agreement on the ProJo’s tax assessment lawsuits that will lower the newspaper’s property tax liability on its properties in Providence by about $2.5 million.</p><p>Under terms of the deal approved by Superior Court Judge Patricia Hurst, the Journal will get a tax credit of $625,000 in 2012, $833,333 in 2013 and about $1 million in 2014.</p><p>The settlement was filed in court last Friday before a trial on the issue, which was scheduled to begin today.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 20:00:36 +0000 Scott MacKay 8829 at http://ripr.org New guidelines encourage Providence Journal staff to use social media http://ripr.org/post/new-guidelines-encourage-providence-journal-staff-use-social-media <p>As the Providence Journal continues to <a href="http://wrnipoliticsblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/can-the-projo-stop-the-bleeding/">wrestle with the challenges </a>facing old-line media, reporters at the statewide daily are being encouraged to increase their use of social media.</p><p>A recently issued five-page set of social media guidelines “demonstrates a lot of faith in the professionalism of the people who work here,” says reporter John Hill, president of the Providence Newspaper Guild.&nbsp;”Basically, the policy is, ‘don’t be a jerk.’ “</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 19:06:09 +0000 Ian Donnis 8831 at http://ripr.org