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Posts Tagged ‘Richard Core’

Fake Reader Ruse Bumps LA City Councilman to Patch Sidelines

As Paul Krekorian confirms today via the Daily News, there never was a Tracy from Studio City. Rather, a question about digital billboards attributed to that name in a recent “Ask Paul” column on Studio City Patch was in fact deliberately mislabeled by one of his staffers.

Krekorian says he was unaware of the fake constituent maneuver and has apologized for the ruse. To Patch’s credit, they took swift and decisive action:

The entire column is now being moved to the blog section of the Patch site, said Joe Wiggins, New York-based spokesman for the company. The move essentially means Patch editors’ are no longer responsible for the content.

“Patch found no other violations in the councilman’s column since it started nine months ago,” Wiggins wrote. “Still, we have decided that “Ask Paul” will no longer be a column on Studio City Patch.”

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Patch Hits South Pasadena, Press Club

In these times of journalistic layoffs and media conglomerate belt-tightening, the rapid, ongoing Southern California expansion of community news hub venture Patch.com seems almost surreal. Yesterday, after some last-minute technical hiccups, the AOL seed-funded enterprise turned on the newest of its area websites, South Pasadena Patch, the same day the L.A. Press Club announced that San Francisco-based Patch west coast editorial director Marcia Parker (pictured) will be flying down to address the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday, October 14th.

When a new Patch launches, one of the first orders of business for readers is to click on the biography page of the site’s local editor. In the case of South Pasadena Patch, the new hire is Sonia Narang. After receiving a Master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley, the California native honed her skills as an online video producer for PBS’ Frontline, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC.com and others.

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