Noah and James, along with Brian Donohue of Echolocation, were presented with Hack Jersey's "Overall Winner" award by NJ News Commons Director Debbie Galant. Their project, CrashDataNJ, is an application that helps readers understand information from the NJ Dept. of Transportation on the Garden State Parkway. This team's prize is a visit to the NY Times' R&D laboratory and lunch with VP Michael Zimbalist. Go Patch!
Courtesy of D. Gallant
Three months later, Forest Hills Patch Local Editor Matthew Hampton rode along with the American Red Cross Disaster Relief team to see how, three months after Superstorm Sandy, efforts to help those affected in the Rockaways continue.
In the video, Matt talks with volunteers, locals and the Red Cross, getting a firsthand account of how residents have been making do in what have most certainly been challenging times. Lines of people who need food continue to come out to the emergency response vehicles which go out into communities, like the Rockaways, and deliver food directly to those who need it most.
Patch is proud to support the efforts of the Red Cross and the many other organizations and individuals providing relief to those in need, and our editors and staff continue to provide coverage and essential information for these areas, 24/7.
Over the last few years we've sent a small number of our interns to Digital Workshops sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund (DJNF). This year we're thrilled to announce that through an expanded partnership with DJNF, all 40 of our interns will be automatically accepted into this Patch-specific program. The program is held at Western Kentucky University and is led by Dr. Pam Johnson and other staff members.
In addition to working alongside Patch Local Editors and learning how to run a community website, Patch interns will attend workshops where they will work in teams of three to produce enterprise stories for the Web. Team websites will focus on digital storytelling via text, photos, video, audio, mash-ups and data visualization.
The intern teams will practice "knowledge-based reporting"; teams will use research studies from Journalist's Resource for story background. The Harvard University Kennedy School produces Journalist's Resource.
The news teams will produce storyboards prior to conducting week-long fieldwork and website production. Also, interns will attend Web software and production
The workshop staff will include: Dr. Pam McAllister Johnson, Western Kentucky University, Director and Writing Coach; Ron DeMarse, Western Kentucky University, Video and Audio Coach; Nancie Dodge, Arizona State University, Photo, Web Production and Design Coach and Linda Johnson, Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper, Computer Assisted Reporting and Mash-up Coach.
Upon completion of the DJNF workshop and Patch internship, interns returning to school will receive a $1,000 scholarship. They will also join a network of over 50,000 DJNF alumni providing them with resources and support as they embark on their journeys post-college.
In short, we want our internship program to be a fantastic way to launch a career in Journalism, and thanks to the efforts of our amazing staff and the DJNF, we're getting better every year. Patch believes in investing in journalists, and we're proud to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
(To apply, visit www.patch.com/jobs or email PatchU@patch.com with your resume, cover letter and 2 or 3 relevant writing samples.)
Many people from around the world have asked how to help. If you would like to be updated on how you can help the families of the victims and the community as a whole, please go to Newtown Patch and tell us "I want to help" in the comments. Newtown Patch will continue to keep you informed about efforts that are underway. Thank you.
For the second year in a row, Patch is holding it's Deck the House contest to highlight the best-decorated homes across the nation -- and donate $100,000 to a local school on behalf of the winner.
So channel your inner Clark Griswold, dust off those lawn reindeer, untangle the lights, and enter Deck the House here. You'll win the admiration of your neighbors and Patch readers nationwide, and have a chance to give $100,000 to your local school. Plus, 24 lucky winners will have their electric bill paid by Patch.
Check out last year's grand prize winner in Davis, CA, here.
Good luck and Happy Holidays!
I urge you to visit your local Patch site and see the tributes to your neighbors who have served, find special Veterans Day activities, deals at local restaurants and other businesses, and what's open or closed on Monday, November 12th.
In Troy, MI, residents are uploading photos of the vets in their lives on Troy Patch.
In Coronado, CA, a big military town, Coronado Patch highlights a Walmart Veterans Day commercial that includes an inspiring Patch video clip.
And in Caledonia, WI, Caledonia Patch features the class of 1971 at JJ Case High School dedicating a new walkway to school veterans.
We are proud of our vets and wish them a very happy Veterans Day.
-Warren Webster, Co-Founder, Patch Media
Last week, our San Diego-area team won 24 awards at the 39th Annual San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. Patch picked up 9 first place plaques and 15 other honors at a sold-out dinner attended by 400 members of the California media community. You can read the whole story here. We're very proud of our team, led by senior regional editor, Chris Jennewein! Congratulations, and Go Patch!
About the honor, SPJ writes on their blog:
● The Hercules Patch, the local news site operated by America Online, receives the News Media award for its dogged tracking of the questionable financial management practices in the East Bay city of Hercules. Patch produced more than 13 investigative stories and 100 daily stories, and created 20 databases to follow the money.
We at Patch couldn't be any prouder of the team, especially Hercules Patch local editor Laila Kearney along with senior regional editor Ari Soglin and their team in the East Bay. Hercules Patch is relatively new to the media scene in California and is already making a major difference in the lives of residents in Hercules. To be recognized by one of the oldest and most prestigious organizations in the country representing journalists, especially for such an important series, is truly a major accomplishment by Laila and her colleagues. Go Hercules Patch!
As you may know, New Jersey was the first state where Patch launched, so we're always excited to be able to honor that however we can. As such, we're happy to announce Patch has teamed up with NETS Basketball to celebrate New Jersey and our readers in a big way: For their final season in New Jersey, NETS Basketball has partnered with Patch to honor local heroes to "Celebrate New Jersey County Nights." In addition, for home games between February 1 and March 14, NETS Basketball and Patch will offer premium tickets for discounted prices, on-court promotions, and contests. We'll be in the Patch booth in The Prudential Center offering a chance to win an autographed basketball and tickets to a NETS game. For tickets, just search "NETS Basketball" on any New Jersey Patch site.
A few weeks ago, we announced that a family in Davis, CA, had won our first Deck the House holiday decorating contest, and from the moment we made it public, we couldn't wait to give away the actual prize: $100,000 to the local school district in Davis! Kristy and Jim Powell's spectacular decorating of their home, known as "Candy Cane Court," is what brought home the gold - and the green! - for their community, and Friday night's presentation of the prize was just as exciting for us as it was for the Powells and the Davis students!
Claudia Huapaya from our marketing team (a veteran Patcher) was on hand in CA to lead the way and make sure the event went off without a hitch. It was really exciting, both for Claudia and for all of us here at Patch, to hear that so many people at the game knew about the contest and the upcoming check presentation. Superintendent Roberson and Trustee Sheila Allen took the court during halftime to accept the $100,000 from Davis Patch Local Editor Justin Cox and the Powell Family. Superintendent Roberson put it best when he held the giant check overhead and said, "Hey kids, this is for you!" The crowd went wild.
I know we're the ones who gave away the money, but honestly, we feel like we're the ones who took home the big prize. It means the world to us to be to able to give back in a big way; it goes right to our mission of serving our communities whenever and however we can. And hey, all the better when there's a giant check involved - who doesn't love those?! Congratulations to Davis Schools from everyone here at Patch!