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Patch makes me a better person ...

... well, at least it asks me to do nice things. AOL — which owns my new employer, Patch.com — recently asked its employees to find opportunities to volunteer in their communities. At Patch, we focused on helping the communities we serve — or, in my case, will serve — as part of our Give 5 program (see the "Giving Back" section here).

The region I'll be leading includes…

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Added by Louis C. Hochman on May 20, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Blogging strategy ...

It's been several days since I've had time for a new blog post (new job! yay! keeps me busy! yay! neglecting MH! boo!). So while you patiently wait out the next one, I thought I'd share this cartoon on blogging from xkcd. Why? Because I, too, love content.

Added by Louis C. Hochman on May 17, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Goodbye, Daily Record

Tonight I wrapped up my last shift at the Daily Record, the way I've wrapped up most shifts — quietly and tiredly, as one of the last staffers (but not quite the last staffer) to leave for the night. I did what I do most nights — see off the DR print edition as deadline passes, and guide DailyRecord.com into the new day. It was nice to be able to leave on such a familiar note.

I said goodbyes,…

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Added by Louis C. Hochman on May 7, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

Don't put all your eggs in one digital basket

Here’s an old idea the digital age kindly renews every so often: Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.



If you’ve ever done any sort of work with complex systems, you’ve heard the phrase “single point of failure.” It’s a term for what you’re supposed to avoid: A component that, when it fails, brings the whole system crashing down. Think of a Rube Goldberg contraption after the birdie’s flown off and… Continue

Added by Louis C. Hochman on May 5, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Wow. I've been busy.

Here's the official job-listing description of the post I'm vacating. Actually, it misses some things (I edit sports copy twice a week), but it's essentially right. Jeez. I've been busy.

The post is for the Daily Record, in Morris County, New Jersey.

Position is responsible for managing The Daily Record website 5 evenings a week, as well as the responsibility for how it appears the following early morning. Daily duties include editing Daily…

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Added by Louis C. Hochman on April 26, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

J.D. Lasica reminds us of how independent journalism came to Rutgers

J.D. Lasica knows a thing or two about using media (and social media) to advance the public good.

A gathering looms — one of former staffers of The Daily Targum, the student newspaper at Rutgers University, where both Lasica and I (though a few decades apart) learned valuable lessons about what it means to be a journalist.

Lasica won't be there, but he…

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Added by Louis C. Hochman on April 22, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Jarvis' 'This is BS' ... is BS (sort of)

Jeff Jarvis — the journalism professor, author, and leading voice in new and social media — just posted a video of his recent lecture from TEDxNYED: “This is Bullshit." (I was prudish; I censored it in my…

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Added by Louis C. Hochman on April 18, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

AP gave in. This is a "website."

Since the Intrar-Web-Iverse first came onto the public radar, the Associated Press Stylebook — the style bible for news organizations everywhere — has insisted the Web is made up of "Web sites." Not websites. The thinking: Web is short for World Wide Web, and therefore a proper noun. A site is just a site. Ain't nothing proper about that.


But today, the AP gave in to overwhelming popular usage. Here's the e-mail I just got via my online stylebook…
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Added by Louis C. Hochman on April 16, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

I was on Friendster trolling for girls before all y’all

I’m getting a little tired of all the chatter surrounding social media.



That’s not the sort of thing people in the news industry are supposed to say — since we’re all clumsily wandering about, hoping to stumble into the promised land of milk, honey and relevance social media (excuse me,… Continue

Added by Louis C. Hochman on April 13, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

News Clip: Perr resigns as Dems chief

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Added by Melissa Hayes on April 5, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

News Clip: E-mails show Dem leaders' ties to PAC

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Added by Melissa Hayes on April 5, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

News Clip: Democratic committee treasurer steps down

From the Aug. 4, 2009 edition of the Burlington County Times:

Burlington County Times

The treasurer of the Burlington County Democratic Committee says he will resign from his…

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Added by Melissa Hayes on April 5, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

News Clip: Mayor in corruption sweep has county ties

From the Aug. 2, 2009 edition of the Burlington County Times:

Burlington County Times

A North Jersey politician charged in last month's federal corruption sweep has ties to Burlington…

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Added by Melissa Hayes on April 5, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

News Clip: Figures don't add up

Burlington County Times

How much money did a Medford political action committee actually donate to a North…

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Added by Melissa Hayes on April 5, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

News Clip: Political action committee folds



By: MELISSA HAYES and DAVID LEVINSKY

Burlington County Times

A Medford-based political action committee that donated to a Hoboken politician accused in a public corruption scandal is folding.

Dean Buono, a…

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Added by Melissa Hayes on April 5, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

News Clip: Abducted by his mom: Son of Jersey City man overseas for four years

From the March 15, 2010 edition of the Jersey Journal:

Flipping through photographs of his son Brendan, Brian McGinley smiles as he shares stories of trips to Wildwood, ice skating at Pershing Field and visiting the Intrepid.

McGinley, 45, of Jersey City, explains that even though he was an avid Rangers fan and grew up across the street from…

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Added by Melissa Hayes on April 5, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

News Clip: Jersey City is losing scores of firefighters eager to retire to protect benefits

From the Feb. 25, 2010 edition of the Jersey Journal:

The Jersey City Fire Department has lost 26 members since the start of the year and will lose 20 more March 1 as firefighters rush to retire before the Legislature caps payouts.

"All of a sudden, I've…

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Added by Melissa Hayes on April 5, 2010 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

News Clip: Jersey City honchos receive huge payouts, stay on payroll

From the Feb. 21, 2010 edition of the Jersey Journal:

Legislation backed by the governor that would cap retirement payouts didn't come soon enough to stop two longtime Jersey City employees from leaving with large checks.



Assistant Business Administrator Roger Grego and Chief of Administrative Services Kathy Dealy retired Feb. 1.



Grego walked…

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Added by Melissa Hayes on April 5, 2010 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

News Clip: Census fails to reach newer residents

From the April 2, 2010 edition of the Jersey Journal

Yesterday was National Census Day, the day all residents were asked to return their completed forms.

But several high-rises in Jersey City - which is working hard to outpace Newark as the state's largest municipality - never received Census forms.

A resident of The Regent…

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Added by Melissa Hayes on April 5, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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