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Patricia Kitchen

New York, NY
Digital Reporter — Newsday
As seen in: Newsday, amNewYork
Covers:  the softer side of hard news, weather, social/digital career tips/tools/trends
Doesn't Cover: business, executives, corporate finance

@Newsday digital reporter; tweet on social/digital career tips, journalism, oddball things; SocMedia doctor, @cunyjschool's #smwknd; IG:

I’m a digital reporter on Newsday's news desk. As part of the real-time online team, I write for all platforms, with a focus on weather, as well as the softer side of hard news. A recent hit on the web was a profile of DogVinci, a canine who flunked out of assistance dog training, but found a new career as a professional artist, with his canvases selling for ...

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How is social media changing news?

News is news, but now through social media channels more people are reporting it, some of whom verify, others not.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

The very vintage Walter Burns and Hildy Johnson in “His Girl Friday” (1940)

What does it mean to be a journalist?

Scanning for what’s new, finding/connecting with people in-the-know, presenting both sides, fact-checking, verifying, correcting when wrong.

Suffolk County planning aerial mosquito spraying of marshes — Aerial spraying of area salt marshes - with an eye on controlling mosquito larvae - is planned for Thursday and Friday, Suffolk County health officials said. Marshes in areas of the towns of Babylon, Islip, Brookhaven, Southampton, East Hampton, Riverhead and Southold are to be sprayed between the hours of 5 a.m.

Four Suffolk mosquito samples test positive for West Nile — With four new mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile virus, the total for the year is up to 136 in Suffolk County, health officials reported Monday. The new samples, all Culex pipiens-restuans, were collected from Sept. 5 to Sept. 11 in West Babylon, Lindenhurst, Oakdale and Holtsville.

Official: Carbon monoxide sends 6 in Middle Island to hospital — Six family members from Middle Island were treated at a hospital Wednesday morning for carbon monoxide poisoning after using a generator in their basement during a power outage, officials said. Four of the six taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson were treated in a hyperbaric oxygen unit, said spokesman Stuart Vincent.

Officials: No swimming at Centerport beach due to bacteria — The Huntington Beach Community Association beach in Centerport, has been closed to swimming as a result of unacceptably high levels of bacteria, Suffolk County health officials said Wednesday. Remaining closed for the same reason are: Tides Beach, Beach Road Beach, Broadway Beach, Friendship Drive Beach - all in Rocky Point; Sound Beach Property Owners Association beach; and Valley Grove Beach in Eatons Neck.

Algae blooms found in Blydenburgh Lake, Big Reed Pond, officials say — Suffolk County health officials advise steering clear of Blydenburgh Lake, Smithtown, and Big Reed Pond, Montauk, after blue-green algae blooms were found there. Any water looking "scummy or discolored should be avoided," and pets and children also should be kept away from the area, officials said in a news release on Friday.

Police: Pedestrian, 86, killed in hit-run crash in Central Islip — An 86-year-old man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver early Friday in Central Islip, Suffolk County police said. Willie Dinkins had just left a nearby McDonald's restaurant and was crossing from the north to the south side of Suffolk Avenue when he was hit, Det. Sgt.

U.S. Drought Monitor: Severe drought now in most of Suffolk County — Severe drought conditions on Long Island have expanded from central Suffolk to include nearly all the rest of the county, as well as southeast Nassau, according to the Thursday update of the U.S. Drought Monitor. "Severe" is the second of four drought categories, with the fourth, exceptional drought, being the most intense.

Suffolk: 7 more mosquito samples test positive for West Nile — With seven new mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile virus, the total for the year is up to 132 in Suffolk County, health officials reported Wednesday. The new samples, all Culex pipiens-restuans, were collected Aug. 27 to Sept. 4 in Rocky Point, Huntington, Holtsville, Setauket, Dix Hills, Brentwood and Commack.

Nassau DA: Car salesman stole over $350,000 from customers — A Freeport man was sentenced Monday to 1 1⁄3 to 4 years in prison for stealing more than $350,000 from customers and dealers in his role as a used car salesman, according to the Nassau County district attorney's office.

Riverhead woman gets surprise makeover on ‘The Rachael Ray Show’ — Susan Cataldo of Riverhead had quite a surprise when she went with her sisters to be audience members at a taping of "The Rachael Ray Show." Her sisters had nominated her for a makeover on the show, with actress Jessica Alba doing the styling honors.
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Sep 24, 2016

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Sep 24, 2016

RT @WSJ: Snapchat releases first hardware product, Spectacles  🔓

Sep 23, 2016

Desktop design to catch up with that of the mobile app. - LinkedIn is about to look a lot different  via @mashable

Sep 22, 2016

From a former #Newsday editor: MakeBeliefsComix, helping kids, immigrant students, w/ confidence, language skills. 

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