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Patch Admits it Lifted Photo From Local Blogger

AOL Patch has admitted it was wrong in lifting a photo off a local blog in New Rochelle, NY. In an email to Talk of the Sound blogger Robert Cox, editor-in-chief Brian Farnham admitted the New Rochelle Patch local editor Allison Esposito misled her editors when questioned about the photo, and in fact lifted the picture.

This is even worse, considering the Hudson Valley regional editor for Patch Kathleen Ryan O’Connor wrote to MJD on Tuesday to say “Allison Esposito, did not plagiarize anything from Mr. Cox’s blog in any form.” She then added, “The objects in question — police generated mug shots — are publicly available and any similarity to Mr. Cox’s presentation of those public images is purely coincidental.”

That prompted Cox to respond via his blog, outlining all the steps he took when altering the pictures in photoshop. Farnham has now apologized to Cox and to clarify that O’Connor was misled. “The image she [Esposito] posted was, in fact, a download of the composite image you made from the police mug shots,” wrote Farnham in an email to Cox. “I sincerely apologize for this unattributed and unauthorized use of your image. We have extremely high standards of journalism here at Patch, and Allison did not live up to them. Her behavior was unacceptable and we are taking immediate disciplinary action. The image has already been removed from our story.”

“As this is all I had asked — remove it or give me credit — I consider the matter closed,” said Cox in an email to MJD.

You can read Mr. Farnham’s entire email to Cox after the jump.

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New Rochelle Patch Responds to Charges of Plagiarism, Bias

Update: [A day after Patch responded to plagiarism, denying the claim that the local editor lifted a photo, Patch admitted that their statement below was based on false information. The company has since acknowledged that local editor Allison Esposito lifted the photo then lied about it to her editors. Here's the email Patch editor-in-chief sent to the New Rochelle blogger for Talk of the Sound Robert Cox, admitting the mistake.]

Yesterday in the nightly roundup, I mentioned a claim by a local blog in the New Rochelle, New York area that charged AOL’s Patch with plagiarism. Talk of the Sound managing editor Robert Cox wrote a post saying that the New Rochelle Patch editor Allison Esposito took photos from Talk of the Sound and published it on the Patch.

“As readers know, we like to publish a photo across the full column of most stories. In this case, I obtained the three mug shots from NRPD and then used Adobe Photoshop to make a single image containing all three mug shots, cropped, along with a caption indicating the names of each suspect,” wrote Cox. “As is plain from looking at the image file on AOL Patch, Ms. Esposito lifted that image from Talk of the Sound, chopped off the caption with the names and presented it as her own work.”

AOL Patch has responded to the claim. In an email from the Hudson Valley regional editor for Patch, Katie Ryan O’Connor said “Allison Esposito, did not plagiarize anything from Mr. Cox’s blog in any form.” She goes on to add that “The objects in question — police generated mug shots — are publicly available and any similarity to Mr. Cox’s presentation of those public images is purely coincidental. Linking mug shots together in Photoshop (in this case, apparently doing nothing more than placing three similar sized objects in a row) is standard operating procedure for news organizations everywhere.”

But that’s not all. Cox has made claims that Esposito, who worked as communications director for Democratic Assemblywoman Amy Paulin in the New Rochelle area for about a year, is actually a “democratic political operative.” O’Connor brushes off that accusation as well.

“Here’s the truth: Like so many journalists faced with finding work in an industry that is shedding jobs at a rapid pace… Ms. Esposito took jobs in other fields that would utilize her writing and editing skills, most recently working as a communications director for Democratic Assemblywoman Amy Paulin,” wrote O’Connor. “She held that position for only about 12 months. During an extensive interview process, Ms. Esposito made it clear her first and foremost passion was journalism and has been working to find her way back into a full-time reporting and editing position ever since.”

O’Connor added that Esposito makes her political past clear in her biography, and the site (which has only been live since last Thursday) has not published anything out of the ordinary for or against the current town administrators.

I’ve emailed Cox for a response, and will post if I hear back from him. But this sounds more like a turf war than anything else, and maybe what many of the Patch editors will have to get used to as they encroach on areas that already have an active and motivated blogging circle.

You can read the entire Patch response after the jump.

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Hearst Sees a Future in the Tablet While Patch Struggles in New Rochelle, Plus Other News of the Day

- Fresh off the announcement that Women’s Wear Daily will bring on New York Observer reporter John Koblin to cover media, Fairchild editorial director Peter Kaplan spoke with the Village Voice about the future of WWD. It sounds like they want to walk a fine line, heading into the future. “I think we have two readerships here: one of them is a deep industry, deep trade intelligencia that has been reading WWD for 100 years, and there’s another readership that John Fairchild stoked to a very very high level that’s the civillian readership that cares about media, and society, and style, aside from the one that cares about retail and fashion, and I hope we’ll be speaking to them as well.”

- It’s exciting day when you finally launch a new site, but for AOL Patch’s New Rochelle edition, it has brought on a total headache. The other local site in town has cried plagiarism as the Patch site reportedly lifted a photo from Talk of the Sound’s website. Talk of the Sound’s managing editor Robert Cox has asked for Patch editor Allison Esposito to take the photo down, and as far as I can tell, Esposito has. Of course, there’s also the small accusation that Esposito isn’t exactly the objective journalist Talk of the Sound had hoped for. That’s a bad first week.

- Nielson has added a new feature to its ratings repertoire, and it could provide some transparency to marketing campaign’s effectiveness. It’s cool if it’s true, but who knows if it will actually work. “This is a major step forward for both Nielsen and our industry,” said Nielsen’s president of media products Steve Hasker. “This new system will provide marketers with a better understanding of their ROI, and will give media companies a much needed tool to prove the value of their audiences.”

- Here’s another view of the future of media. Hearst’s CEO Frank Bennack says it’s all about tablets, and forget the paywalls. Mashable’s Lauren Indvik covered Bennack’s speech at the IAB Mixx Conference & Expo, writing, “Unlike Internet users, who have come to expect access to premium media content for free, users of devices like the iPad are being conditioned to pay for subscriptions and individual pieces of media content. Tablets also offer advertisers greater value beyond display advertising, such as in-app e-commerce integration. Eventually, Bennack said, Hearst will sell products directly on advertisers’ behalf, though it will ‘still very much be in the business of helping our advertisers sell their businesses.’”

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