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Montrose-La Crescenta Patch Editor Jumps to LAT Community News

After a year and a half at the helm of “the balcony of Los Angeles” for Patch, Nicole Charky (pictured) is moving on up. Starting next month, she joins Los Angeles Times Community News as a Web producer for the expanded territory of Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena and La Cañada.

In advance of her final day at Patch (January 29), Charky has posted a heartfelt farewell note:

My role as editor gave me the chance to re-explore the geographic puzzle piece La Crescenta local Bill Weisman dubs “Far North Glendale.” During my time at Patch, I toured the Rosemont Preserve with USC professor of pharmacology Jim Adams and learned how Chumash Indians used plants as medicine; helped organize a historic bike ride through Montrose with Tropico Station’s Scott Lowe, Walk Bike Glendale and the Glendale Historical Society; met with a dedicated neighborhood watch group led by Glendale Police Department and even reconnected with childhood friends.

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Glendale News-Press Plagiarist Now Blogging for Patch

This past September, Glendale News-Press columnist Dan Kimber was caught plagiarizing passages from an OtherWords column by Sam Pizzigati. Kimber fessed up and his column was dropped. In the month that followed, the News-Press reviewed all of Kimber’s old columns and found that 20 percent contained elements of plagiarism.

So that’s the end of that, right? Kimber’s columnist days are over?

Apparently not. As of today Kimber will now be blogging for Montrose Patch. Montrose Patch editor Nicole Charky attempts to explain the decision.

The reason is pretty simple: Patch is a forum for the entire community.

We need to make clear that we make a distinction between blogs on Patch and articles.

Patch articles are written by trained and paid journalists. Articles are subject to journalistic standards of accuracy, fairness, originality and ethics and are edited to conform to those standards. We own them and we are responsible for them.

By contrast, blogs are submitted by unpaid volunteers who are community members. Some are writers, but the majority are simply residents with something to say. We invite all to blog, but we don’t tell you what to say. We don’t edit what you write. Bloggers own their blogs. They are responsible for what’s in them, and they are free to say what they like. Patch simply provides a platform.

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