About What’sUpRhodeIsland

From the award-winning team behind What’sUpNewp, What’sUpRhodeIsland is your source for What’s Up in ARts, Entertainment, and Lifestyle in and around RhodeIsland.

What’sUpNetworks was founded in 2009 by Rob Ianelli with the launch of What’sUpMartha, a lifestyle site to keep people in the know of all that was happening. Soon after came the launch of  What’sUpStowe, What’sUpTucket, and in March of 2012, What’sUpNewp. Ryan Belmore joined the What’sUpNetworks crew in December of 2012 and acquired the company from Rob in February of 2014. Belmore, who lives in Newport, is the sole and independent owner of What’sUpNewp and What’sUpRhodeIsland.

Since 2012, What’sUpNewp has become the leading source for visitors and residents to discover what’s happening, new and to do around Newport, Newport County, and beyond. What’sUpRhodeIsland is undergoing a soft launch now and is your new source for what’s up in arts, entertainment, and lifestyle in and around Rhode Island.

What’sUpNewp is dedicated to covering all that’s happening, new and to do in Newport County, from where to enjoy brunch on Sunday to what’s happening at City Hall.

Our sites combine native content with the most valuable content and information from local, regional and national media sources; we are the number one online source in Newport County for information and our readers are the most informed.

With What’sUpRhodeIsland, we hope to fill an evergrowing void that has occurred with the demise of newspapers. We hope by early 2019 to be THE PLACE that people interested in arts, entertainment, and lifestyle turn to when they want to know what’s up in Rhode Island.

Recent Awards

  1. In May 2018, What’sUpNewp won an Impact-Designated Investigative Grant from Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION).
  2. In August 2018, What’sUpNewp was named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers.

Memberships & Sponsorships

  1. What’sUpNewp is a proud member of Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION).
  2. What’sUpNewp is a proud member of Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE).
  3. What’sUpNewp is a proud corporate sponsor of Fort Adams Trust. Ryan Belmore, owner and editor of our sites, is also on the board of directors for Fort Adams Trust.
  4. What’sUpNewp is a proud sponsor of the Newport Skating Center and Great Chowder Cook-Off.

We thank you for stopping by and for your interest in our local independent online news publishing company.

Get in touch with us by emailing Ryan at Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.