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Peter Phipps

Managing Editor for New Media

Peter Phipps has been with the Providence Journal since 1985, serving in a variety of writing and editing roles. The New England AP named him best local columnist in 2001. From 2001 to 2006, he served as Sunday editor, and since 2006, he has held key leadership roles in new media. He has been leader of a newsroom effort to create a paid-content model for projo.com.

Phipps is a long distance runner, with 11 marathons and 100s of other road races to his credit.

[RI 0301] - Part 1: Intro and Contribution (5:19)

Peter Phipps, managing editor for new media, The Providence Journal, has worked on digital news for The Journal since 2006. Phipps says if The Journal were to close and not be replaced, “the level of civic connection and the sense of who we are would deteriorate.”

[RI 0302] - Part 2: Skills (7:34)

Peter Phipps, managing editor for new media, The Providence Journal, says a person in his job must be “technically literate” but must be “a journalist first.” And to manage these new media activities a person needs to “take a deep breath and dive in.” He also expects the new digital tablets “will redefine reading.”

[RI 0303] - Part 3: Strategy (3:43)

Peter Phipps, managing editor for new media, The Providence Journal, says despite his focus on new media “we still have to pay attention to the product that carries our newsroom and pays our bills and keeps us functioning” – print journalism.