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A New Local Editor at Charlestown Patch

Becca Manning will be covering your town.

Hi, Charlestown!

I would like to introduce myself as your new permanent local editor for Charlestown Patch. I'm taking over officially for former Charlestown editor Matt Casey and for interim editor Nate Homan, who has been keeping you informed prior to my arrival.

A little about me: Most recently, I worked as the local editor for Needham Patch, starting with the company in April 2011. Before moving to Boston, I lived and worked on the South Shore as the assistant editor of a community weekly, the Pembroke Express, for the independent, family-owned Clipper Press—a paper I was lucky enough to get to start from the ground up. I was promoted to Pembroke editor in 2009 and briefly took over as editor of two other Clipper Press weeklies, the Hanson Express and the Whitman Express, before signing on with Patch. 

I'm still pretty new to New England, having moved here in 2008, although I'm quite familiar with the hot summers and cold winters—I grew up and went to school in southwestern Ohio. So you could say I'm a Midwestern girl at heart but a Boston girl in spirit. Either way, I am right where I want to be for now.

As you can see in my Patch profile, I've been in journalism for more than a decade, working for dailies, weeklies, magazines and now on the Web. I've always enjoyed doing community news—covering the local stuff that matters most. I look forward to finding out what matters to you and keeping Charlestown Patch a strong resource for the people who live and work here.

I can be reached at becca.manning@patch.com or charlestown@patch.com, or at my work cell, 781-217-4233. And remember: You can follow Charlestown Patch (and me) on Twitter @CharlestwnPatch and on Facebook, at facebook.com/CharlestownPatch.

See you around town!

Becca Manning
Charlestown Patch Local Editor 

Joseph November 09, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Welcome Becca. Do you live here in Charlestown? Couple quick questions for you: 1) Is the CNC still notifying The Patch of when their monthly meetings are?, 2) Will you be reporting on CNC meetings, since they refuse to post their minutes on their website? Best of luck and congratulations on your new position.
Jimmy G. November 09, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Joe so concerned with the CNC why dont you Join ? Let me guess to busy? and just an FYI there monthly meetings are the first Tuesday of every month since they have started meeting 100 years ago also just go here http://www.charlestownbusiness.com/calendars/calendar-of-all-events.html or do you just like to complain about things ?
Joseph November 09, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Jimmy - Are you on the board? The CNC was supposed to update their website with meeting minutes. Never happened. I made mention of this on The Patch and they soon removed that post from their website. Their mission statement states they are supposed to represent residents of Charlestown. Keep us informed. Unless we're able to attend these meetings, we as a community have no way to know what they are discussing. So tell me Jimmy boy, if the CNC was so transparent, why is it so difficult for them to keep us informed? Why would they remove that post about the minutes? Why aren't the minutes posted? I'm not complaining...I'm calling attention to a phony organization that beds with City Hall and the BRA.
Jimmy G. November 09, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Get elected to the Board and Make a serious effort to change it instead of sitting on the sidelines "calling attention" as you call it and No i am not on the CNC I have no problem with them.
Joseph November 09, 2012 at 06:28 PM
You should have a problem with the CNC. Shoot, even the board members have a problem with the CNC (you'll have to go back to the Tangerino's battle and the two board members discussing disbanding the CNC in the Johnnies parking lot after Bill Galvin's lovely remarks). I think the CNC should be disbanded. You explain to me their purpose and I'll open my mind. Local politics isn't my thing though, I'll be honest. In the meantime, don't you think they should use the mitigation funds to provide transportation to the elderly?
Joshua D November 09, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I wrote for "The Harvard post " for a year while in community college, covering local politics......it turned me off completely to governmental processes ... Ugly stuff man .......kill you with a smile !!!!
Joshua D November 09, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Anyways.....welcome Becca !!!
Linda November 10, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Why doesnt Patch hire from the towns it serves? Becca is not from Charlestown either. Reports say to stop losing money, Patch is turning into Facebook with no real reporting just user updates http://www.mediabistro.com/10000words/patch-new-site-launch-social-mobile-website_b15396
Citizen February 21, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Patch doesnt care about the journalism aspect. They are looking to make it more "community focused" by gathering news from the community which is "free". Then charge advertisers overpriced ads for paltry traffic numbers at best. They tell the advertisers they are better than the publications that get free news, but now see that as the way for them to make more money.

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