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Providence Phoenix Publishes Farewell Issuenew

An avalanche of remembrances, tributes, tall tales, and trivia from the staff of the Providence Phoenix.
Providence Phoenix  |  10-16-2014  5:00 pm  |  Industry News

Providence Phoenix To Cease Publication

Farewell issue to be distributed on October 16. (FULL STORY)
Providence Phoenix  |  10-09-2014  5:00 pm  |  Press Releases

Phoenix Media Group Sued By Facebooknew

Facebook claims that Phoenix Media sites' search engines for band and restaurant listings violate its patents.
Boston.com  |  11-09-2010  3:32 pm  |  Legal News

Veteran Says Phoenix Story Saved His Life

A Marine Corps veteran who has been struggling with mental-health issues has credited a story published in this week's Phoenix in Boston, Portland, and Providence with saving his life. Just hours after the story, "Soldiers Committing Suicide," hit the streets in Maine, the former Marine called the Portland office, thanking the paper for running the story and sharing his own ordeal of being out of meds he takes for his PTSD. Portland Phoenix managing editor Jeff Inglis recommended the vet contact a local counseling service, and the vet called again later saying he'd made the appointment. "You guys saved the life of a veteran," he said on a voicemail message. MORE: Read Inglis' account of the day here. (FULL STORY)
Phoenix Newspaper Group Press Release  |  03-13-2009  12:09 pm  |  Press Releases

News Editor Reflects on 10 Years at the Providence Phoenixnew

"I've been privileged to enjoy the alt-weekly journalist's brief of reporting and writing lengthy articles on the various topics, from the serious to the fanciful, appealing to the wide-ranging interests of Rhode Islanders," writes Ian Donnis. He is leaving the alt-weekly to become public radio station WRNI's political reporter.
The Providence Phoenix  |  02-13-2009  12:09 pm  |  Industry News

Biz Paper Weighs in on the Providence Phoenix's 'Journalistic Niche'new

As the Phoenix celebrates its 30th anniversary, Providence Business News looks at how the alt-weekly is flourishing "at a time when daily newspapers in Rhode Island and elsewhere are struggling." One University of Rhode Island professor says the paper provides a function "critical to political life in this state," and Phoenix associate publisher Steve Brown says the paper has succeeded by "knowing [its] audience and sticking with them." Ty Davis, who launched the paper (as The New Paper) in 1978, says he's not sorry that he sold his paper to the Boston Phoenix in 1988. "My objective was to give Rhode Island a solid alternative weekly," he says. "I succeeded and, from that standpoint, I have no regrets."
Providence Business News  |  11-04-2008  8:51 am  |  Industry News

The Providence Phoenix Celebrates 30th Anniversarynew

The paper is running a series of 30 interviews with 30 "local luminaries" to commemorate the occasion. The Phoenix, which started as The New Paper in 1978, was purchased by the Boston Phoenix and renamed in 1988. The Phoenix celebrated with a birthday bash this week, and the Providence Journal has posted some photos from the party.
The Providence Phoenix  |  10-24-2008  8:57 am  |  Honors & Achievements

NEPA Names Boston Phoenix 'Newspaper of the Year,' Gives Alts Many Awardsnew

The Phoenix was named "Newspaper of the Year" in the alternative weekly division by the New England Press Association in its 2007 Better Newspaper Contest. "After 40 years, the Boston Phoenix remains a model for alts, bristling with attitude and loaded with coverage of entertainment, culture, politics, and tweaking of the daily press," the judges say. The Boston alt-weekly led the pack of AAN papers represented in the awards with 12 first-place finishes. Boston's Weekly Dig was close behind it's crosstown competitor, grabbing seven first-place awards. The Portland Phoenix and Worcester Magazine each finished first in three categories, while the Hartford Advocate and the Providence Phoenix each took home one first-place award.
New England Press Association  |  02-11-2008  8:50 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Library Is Asked to Restrict Access to Providence Phoenix's Adult Section

The Westerly, R.I., town council has agreed to support local citizens in their bid to have the "adult" section of the Phoenix moved behind the reference desk at the Westerly Public Library, where it would be available only to adults who request it, the Westerly Sun reports. The Phoenix has been the subject of past complaints that resulted in its being relocated to a higher shelf behind the checkout desk. At the council meeting last week, "one councilor indicated that should the library refuse to cooperate, councilors could weigh withholding its funding," according to the Sun, but library officials indicated that they would not "act in the place of parents."
04-17-2006  7:27 am  |  Industry News

Masquerading Media Men Manage Maine Music Magnew

The Falmouth Forecaster, a community paper in Portland, Maine, reports that Face -- owned by the publishers of Portland Phoenix, Providence Phoenix and Boston Phoenix -- regularly runs articles by writers using pseudonyms. Among them is Sam Pfeifle, editor of both Face and Portland Phoenix, who has written numerous articles as "Simon Peterson." He explains: "It's meant to be a way to have some fun and allow ourselves creative outlets." The report also notes that Face's "masthead offers few clues to who is real and who is make-believe," with job titles "arranged as if the writers and ad reps are members of a band." (Chris Busby, the author of the piece, is the former editor of the now-defunct Casco Bay Weekly, which competed against Portland Phoenix.)
Falmouth Forecaster  |  01-21-2005  11:56 am  |  Industry News

Providence High School Works to Reform Itselfnew

In 1999, when Debra DeCarlo became principal of a Providence, R.I., high school, she was faced with problems common to many urban school districts. State and local budget cuts had reduced or completely eliminated resources once deemed essential. Confused curriculum standards made it daunting for teachers to create lesson plans. Truancy and disciplinary problems turned class time into a discouraging, even life-threatening experience. There were more dropouts than graduates. The building itself was coming apart. It still is. Marion Davis reports for The Providence Phoenix on how educators like DeCarlo are addressing such challenges by taking chances and making a difference, not so much in test scores, but in how their students feel about learning.
Providence Phoenix  |  04-09-2004  12:17 pm  | 

Problems on Fountain Streetnew

Providence Phoenix  |  10-15-2001  1:49 pm  | 

Phoenix Publisher Stephen Mindich to Fight Subpoenasnew

A court has ordered Mindich to release his private emails concerning a rape case in which his wife Maria Lopez was judge. Friends and family of the victim say the sentence Lopez gave the defendant was too lenient and claim Mindich’s emails are part of a “whisper campaign” to discredit the victim. Mindich says the content of the emails is irrelevant and that he’s ready to go to the Supreme Court if necessary to prove his private correspondence is private.
Boston Herald  |  07-13-2001  11:50 am  |  Industry News