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Stephen Beale is leaving full-time job at GoLocalProv

August 24, 2011
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UPDATE:

Fenton says Beale “continues to contribute” to GoLocal as he heads off to grad school.

Also from Fenton: contributor Dan McGowan is going full-time, the site is adding to its sports coverage, and bringing on two more reporters for a total of six. Fenton points to media partnerships with RI-PBS and Clear Channel.

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GoLocalProv news editor Stephen Beale is leaving the upstart Web site, On Politics has learned.

I’ve placed calls to Beale and GoLocalProv co-founder Josh Fenton. I’ll post some of their comments if and when I hear back.

Beale, a graduate of Brown University, has helped serve as the public face of GoLocal Prov, writing many of its most prominent stories and regularly appearing on RI-PBS’ A Lively Experiment.

Here’s part of his bio, as described by the Foundation for Intellectual Diversity:

Stephen Beale graduated from Brown University with a degree in classics and history in 2004. For the past three years he has covered presidential politics, crime, education, and local news for the New Hampshire Union Leader. His work has also been published on ABCNews.com, MSNBC.com, and The Providence Journal, and has been a guest on C-SPAN and The Today Show. While at Brown, Stephen founded The Brown Spectator and wrote for The Brown Daily Herald. He was also a member of the Brown Debating Union, College Republicans, Students for Academic Freedom, and Students for Liberty. He was born in Grove City, Pennsylvania and raised in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

Beale’s exit follows the brief tenure there of longtime Providence Phoenix columnist Charles “Chip” Young. And former ProJo reporter Steve Peoples’ DC report disappeared from GoLocal after he moved from Roll Call to a roving political job with the AP in New England.

GoLocal and WPRO also went their separate ways as “media partners,” as Ted Nesi reported back in January, even as Fenton talked up the Web site’s audience:

Fenton said GoLocalProv now delivers “about 1 million impressions a month” through its website, videos and e-mail blasts. “We are now a significant media player in the market – we have broken tremendous new ground and enjoy a vibrant advertising base,” he said.

GoLocal has gained attention as a part of Rhode Island’s media landscape, and Fenton maintains hopes of expanding. But some of the Web site’s stories, like one recent one talking up a possible presidential campaign by former Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey, seem a bit more hype than substance.

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