Politics & Media

Rhode Island's Newsroom

Reporting on politics in the new media age


It’s an interesting time to be a journalist – and in particular, a political journalist. There are more tools and less resources at their disposal than ever before: the total amount of news has exponentially increased while newsrooms are shrinking. Alternative voices are easier to access yet more difficult to verify. Information is more accessible, yet the truth is harder to pinpoint. In short, journalism is changing quickly and dramatically. We gathered seven of the state’s top political reporters from a variety of media around our conference table the day before the big Cicilline/Doherty debate to discuss these issues and more.

Dan McGowan (@danmcgowan): News Editor, GoLocalProv.com
Tim Murphy (@politifactri): Assistant Managing Editor, Public Policy Desk, Providence Journal; Editor, Politifact RI
David Scharfenberg (@d_scharfenberg): News Editor, Providence Phoenix
Erika Niedowski (@eniedowski): Reporter, Associated Press, Providence Bureau
Ian Donnis (@IanDon): Political Reporter, Rhode Island Public Radio
Ted Nesi (@tednesi): Digital Reporter, WPRI
Tim White (@white_tim): Investigative Reporter, WPRI

John Taraborelli

Dale Rappaneau

Part 1

The changing world of the reporter

Part 2

Connectivity and accessibility

Part 3

Collaboration, competition and distraction

Part 4

"Calling balls and strikes"

Part 5

Building trust, serving Brussels sprouts