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Media Matters: STUDY: Media Missing The Mark On Gas Prices

A Media Matters analysis of print and television coverage of rising gasoline prices between January 1 and February 29 finds that news outlets often provided a shallow and shortsighted treatment of the issue. For instance, several outlets largely overlooked fuel economy standards – a key policy solution that mitigates U.S. vulnerability to price spikes – while promoting increased U.S. drilling and the Keystone XL pipeline, which would likely move gas prices by only a few cents, if at all. In addition, cable news outlets primarily hosted political figures rather than energy experts or economists to comment on gas prices. Fox News, which covered gas prices far more frequently than any other outlet, regularly blamed President Obama for the recent price increase, a claim in line with Republican strategy but not with the facts.

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UPDATED: Providence featured on the Travel Channel tonight

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Olneyville New York System. Image from Travel Channel.

For those of you who don’t have 47 Facebook friends who have already posted about this, let us tell you that Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food lands in Providence tonight. Well, technically, they landed in Providence a while ago, what they did while they were here is on the television tonight, at 9pm on the Travel Channel.

Adam visits Providence, RI for a unique grilled pizza and for the infamous Triple Murder Burger. Adam’s journey concludes with him coaching a rugby player through 15 fully-loaded hot wieners in 45 minutes.

Judging from the photo gallery on the site, they also paid a visit to Bob & Timmy’s Grilled Pizza on the Hill.


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Coverage from last night’s Route 195 Community Forum

Speakers at last night's Route 195 Community Forum. From left; Kelly Mahoney, State Department of Administration; John Marion, Common Cause RI; Thom Deller, Providence Planning Department; not pictured Arthur Salisbury, Jewelry District Association.
From left; Kelly Mahoney, State Department of Administration; John Marion, Common Cause RI; Thom Deller, Providence Planning Department; not pictured Arthur Salisbury, Jewelry District Association. Photo from Common Cause RI’s Facebook Page

Last night’s forum was well attended (probably 100+ in the crowd) and a lively discussion on the issues.

Better Providence video’d the event, we’ll have that for you as soon as it is available online, for now, coverage from local media:

This post will be updated as more information is available.

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You like us! You really like us!

We were awarded “Best Blog” by The Providence Phoenix y’all!

Thank you to all our readers and everyone, and everyone’s moms and cats and mailmen and Faceplace friends who voted for us! We’ve been feeling like Susan Lucci for a while now, and to be honest, it is actually quite cool to win.

Congratulations also to everyone who was nominated in our category, EcoRI, IndieArts RI, Providence Daily Dose, and RadioProv.

Also thanks to the Phoenix for hosting the poll and hosting a great party at The Met.

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New Book: “JAWS: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard”

My partner Jim Beller and his book writing partner Matt Taylor have been working on a book chronicling the making of the movie JAWS on Martha’s Vineyard in 1974. After years of work the book is off to the publishers and they are taking pre-orders starting today.

While numerous behind-the-scenes accounts have chronicled the making of JAWS on Martha’s Vineyard in 1974, few have focused on the production’s many local participants. In this unique compendium, their stories are told at last.

Visit their website to learn more about the book and place your pre-order.

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Watch season 2 premiere of “Brick City”

Brick City” is the Peabody Award winning Sundance Channel series which follows Newark, NJ Mayor, Cory Booker. The series combines a reality style tailing of the mayor at work with citizens of the city and others to tell a compelling story of Newark. This is not a slick media piece released by the city as a marketing tool, the series tells the real story of Newark, and it is often not pretty.

The second season premieres Sunday evening on the Sundance Channel, Huffington Post is hosting the first episode on their site now, which is embedded below.

You may have heard that Cory Booker has been all over the Twitter regarding his city’s epic snowfall this winter. I follow him, the guy won’t quit. Here’s video from the New Jersey Star Ledger letting you know, that you should indeed believe the hype.

I’m all about setting up a playdate for Cory and Angel.

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Some *Positive* PVD Press!

We’ve been getting really pummeled in the national media of late. It seems every state (well, except for California) has had a newpaper write an article with the tone of, “You think our economy is bad, take a look at Rhode Island’s! Just look at their unemployment rate! They have no industries at all. Just some schools! Whew, good thing there’s someone else out there more miserable than we are!”

Well, some positive, “Isn’t Providence a cool place to visit” articles have recently and quietly been sneaking out, and the Mayor’s Office “City News” weekly email (which is actually an interesting read, click the link to subscribe) had mentioned two such articles. It’s always interesting to see which attractions, shops, and restaurants the out of town press enjoys. The two articles are:

It’s nice to have a break from all the negativity, at least until Twin River probably declares Chapter 11

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Ocean State Blogging

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Photo © Frank Mullin for PBN

Today in the Providence Business News, Ted Nesi reports about… us.

Ted interviewed me and people from Providence Daily Dose, RIFuture, and Anchor Rising for his story about Rhode Island bloggers and our relationship with mainstream media, which is hurting bad in this new new economy.

The big question is, can new media like us fill the gap left as traditional media cuts it’s size and tries to transfer from a dead trees to pixel based business model? My feeling is that us new media types need the traditional media to lead the way, then we can granulate the discussion.

Nickerson … thinks Providence, with its small size and creative population, is the perfect place for experimentation with new media models – including local online-only news outlets that pay reporters. “There needs to be a technological way to make that happen, and a design way and a creative way,” he said.

This question of what traditional media is going to look like in the future needs to be answered and needs to be answered quick before traditional media simply disappears. I truly do think the talent exists here to find the way forward and I’m glad Ted started the discussion.

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You go Tim White!

I ♥ Tim White. I loved his report last night on Parks Department slackers. Now, as Bob McMahon pointed out, there are hard working parks employees out there who truly care about their jobs and the city, but I wonder what the ratio is. Take a look at your local park then ask yourself if you are surprised about what Tim uncovered in his report.

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Providence ranked #1….

dscn4556in Forbes’ list of U.S. cities where it’s hardest to get by. Ummm, hooray?

Apparently, using criteria including; unemployment rate, median income, and cost of living, Providence finds itself at the top of this list. I would obviously have to agree, if we’re to go by such strict and narrow indicators, but Forbes puts out lists of whatnot more often than I put out the trash, so I doubt that they put in the extra effort to send somebody to actually scope the place out and test the real-world implications of their data. That being said, I think their opening line about not finding many smiles in Providence is naive, at best. I’m sure we’re getting it worse than most these days, but it doesn’t seem to me that folks have lost hope here. Does anybody agree? Read more at Forbes.com

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