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Posts Tagged ‘Janine Iamunno’

Patch Wants to Patch Things Up

Looks like Patch is trying to establish a united front.

Jim Romenesko wrote a piece that suggested that AOL’s hyperlocal news network was headed towards “easy, quick-hitting, cookie-cutter copy,” and layoffs.  A number of Patch employees chimed in.

Patch rather they not.

Janine Iamunno, vice president of communications at Patch, sent a memo to staff asking them to refrain from commenting on Romenesko’s story. Of course the memo was leaked.

A portion:

There’s certainly been a lot of talk about the Romenesko “story” yesterday. As much as I appreciate the passion with which Patchers are responding to both the inaccuracies in the post and the snark from other readers, I have to again ask you to not publicly comment on press coverage, no matter how much it makes your green blood boil.

You can see that Patchers’ comments are just fueling the fire of inaccurate speculation and Patch-bashing – which means those comments meant to help us are actually hurting us, and weakening our public position.

Patch urged staff to allow editor-in-chief Brian Farnham’s statement to serve as the official position.

And here’s part of his/Patch’s position:

I’m really sorry that we all have to deal with people in our own editorial family who think Romenesko is somehow a good person with whom to share their half-baked, uninformed opinions about the business at large.

Ouch.

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LA Weekly vs. Patch – Part III

Is it a good thing when a media organization desperately in need of spin control hires a PR person whose last name can be phonetically spelled out as as “I-am-you-know”? In the case of newly hired Patch.com point person Janine Iamunno, we think so.

It’s been an active week in the media spotlight for the AOL seed-funded start-up, beginning with our October 12th FBLA item Patch Hits South Pasadena, Press Club. That same day, The Business Insider shared a long and very detailed look at what’s been going with the online local news venture, including some notably forthright let’s-nip-this-in-the-bud reaction comments from Iamunno.

Separately, LA Weekly reporter Dennis Romero – to his credit – took time to comment on our aforementioned October 12th item, right around the time that his newest broadside against Patch was hitting the airwaves. Under the expanded headline Did AOL’s Patch Take Content Again – This Time from an NBC Los Angeles Story About Sand Replenishment in Venice?, Romero examined whether or not the publication of a City News Service (CNS) piece under the byline of Venice Patch local editor Samantha Page may have constituted plagiarism.

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