No way out for newspapers

As The Providence Journal and other publications try to grow revenue, they risk alienating remaining subscribers

SHELL GAME: Bill Ostendorf, left, Creative Circle Media Solutions president and founder, with programmer Tim Benson. A former editor at The Providence Journal, Ostendorf says recurring layoffs have left the paper “a shell of what it used to be.”
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
SHELL GAME: Bill Ostendorf, left, Creative Circle Media Solutions president and founder, with programmer Tim Benson. A former editor at The Providence Journal, Ostendorf says recurring layoffs have left the paper “a shell of what it used to be.”
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
The sprawling four-floor, brick building with arched windows at 75 Fountain St. in downtown Providence still appears to be the quintessential American metropolitan daily newspaper of the 20th Century. In bold letters, the name across the top of the building reads “Providence Journal.” But we are in the 21st century. Things inside the Journal building…

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