The Providence Journal
, nicknamed the ProJo
, is a daily newspaper
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serving the metropolitan area of Providence, Rhode Island
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and is the largest newspaper in Rhode Island
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. The newspaper, first published in 1829 and the oldest continuously-published daily newspaper in the United States, was purchased in 1996 by the A.H. Belo Corporation. The newspaper has won four Pulitzer Prize
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In 2010, the Journal launched Politifact Rhode Island
, a website that analyses issues relevant to Rhode Island. The feature is produced in conjunction with its creator, the St. Petersburg Times
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The newspaper began publishing as The Providence Daily Journal
in 1832. In 1868, the Journal began to publish the afternoon paper The Evening Bulletin
. In 1872 the first diner
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in America, a horse-drawn wagon serving hot food, was founded to serve the employees of the Providence Journal. The Journal dropped "Daily" from its name and became The Providence Journal
in 1920. In 1992, the Bulletin
was discontinued and its name was appended onto that of the morning paper: The Providence Journal-Bulletin
. After beginning online service in 1995, the Journal established projo.com
in 1996. In 1998, the paper's name was shortened back to The Providence Journal
The Journal bills itself as "America's oldest daily newspaper in continuous publication," a distinction that comes from the fact that The Hartford Courant
The Hartford Courant is the largest daily newspaper in the U.S. state of Connecticut, and is a morning newspaper for most of the state north of New Haven and east of Waterbury...
, started in 1764, did not become a daily until 1837 and The New York Post
, which began daily publication in 1801, had to suspend publication during strikes in 1958 and 1978.
In popular culture
- In the television series Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls is an American family comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on The WB and was cancelled in its seventh season, ending on May 15, 2007 on The CW...
, Rory Gilmore has a job interview at the newspaper.