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A Patch editor's cry for help?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Tucsondriver, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Tucsondriver

    Tucsondriver Member

    Sure sounds like it. Romenesko posts this absurd story that a Patch editor says is likely a "protest post" to the company's mandated mobile posting. I believe it. The editor's bio includes freelance work for the NYT and WSJ, probably not the the corporate Kool-Aid drinker who might embrace something like this...

  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Meh, a real protest would be a picture of her lawn, with the headline: "Grass is growing".
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    What in the wide, wide world of redundancies is "water ice?"
  4. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    If you're into astronomy like me, you'll know it's what the scientists call it to differentiate it from, say, methane ice, like on the moons of Saturn.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    So if the kids are good they get water ice. If they are bad they get methane ice?
  6. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Commenter notes that Rita's seems to be the go-to place for this reporter's fluff-filling, at least for the past two days:

  7. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    "Mama, I took out the trash. Can I have some water ice?"

    No. You didn't clean your room, so METHANE ICE for you!
  8. daemon

    daemon Active Member

    My first instinct is that Rita's paid for this story. Given all we know about Patch, why wouldn't the higher-ups be selling story placements to local advertisers?

    It appears a couple other Patch sites ran Rita's photos and stories in recent days. . .


  9. Tucsondriver

    Tucsondriver Member

    I don't think that's the case. Patch sucks but I don't believe they're running a payola racket. Too corporate an outfit to get their hands dirty with smalltime pay for play ad sales from Rita's ices.
  10. If Rita paid for placement, you'd think it would want the correct name used. It's Rita's Italian Ice.
  11. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    "Water ice" is the common term in the Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania area, which is where North Whitehall is.
  12. Really? Never heard the term, and I live in NEPA. I head to Rita's a few times a month with the family.
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