Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Providence paper yanks support for state spelling bee

In an apparent cost-cutting move, The Providence Journal has pulled its sponsorship of Rhode Island's Statewide Spelling Bee.

The decision has caused both anger and puzzlement in the paper's newsroom. Reporter and Providence Newspaper Guild president John Hill says he doesn't "see how you could have an event that is more connected to a newspaper’s mission, which is reading, and learning about the world, and expanding your vocabulary. These are things that you need to learn if you’re going to be a newspaper reader or a Web site reader.”

Thanks to Romenesko.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll be happy to learn that the 2007 Rhode Island statewide spelling bee has a new sponsor, The Valley Breeze newspapers of northern R.I., based in Cumberland. The bee will go on, in late March, and Rhode Island WILL send a representative to the national bee. See more info at

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Blogger Amy said...

That's great news. Thanks so much for passing it along.

Here's the
that ran in yesterday's The Valley Breeze & Observer.

8:16 PM  

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