Introduction and Editor's Note

Hi there! I’m Nicole Jones, your new editor for the Patch sites in El Cerrito, Pinole-Hercules and Martinez.

By now, you may have noticed my name floating around the websites, and wondered, who’s this new kid in town? Well, here’s a bit about me:

I graduated from UC Berkeley's Journalism School a couple of years ago, worked at KALW Public Radio, and after being in South America reporting and traveling for the last year, I'm happy to be back in the East Bay doing what I love -- community journalism.

If you've visited these Patch sites in the last few months, you may have noticed the need for more local stories. I’m working (very hard) to change that by reporting and circulating relevant news and information that matters to you.

But I need your help! I'll be setting up shop at The Junket in El Cerrito on Mondays, 3-5 p.m. and The Bear Claw in Pinole on Fridays, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. I’m still looking for a cafe in Martinez and welcome suggestions. During these times, I invite you to stop by, introduce yourself, share story ideas and thoughts on what you'd like to see more of on Patch.

I'm also looking for volunteer contributors to write local columns on a variety of topics. If you’re interested, please e-mail me at nicole.jones at patch.com, or just stop by during one of my cafe days.

And if you haven’t already, don't forget to follow your Patch news sites on Twitter and Facebook. And sign-up for our awesome newsletter, too.

I look forward to meeting you soon! In the meantime, don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

All the best,

Facebook: El Cerrito Patch, Hercules-Pinole Patch and Martinez Patch
Twitter: @ElCerritoPatch, @PinolePatch, @MartinezPatch

Jeff Lichtman January 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Welcome! Here are some ideas for stories: - What is happening with the location of the old Windrush School? El Cerrito Patch did a really outstanding series of articles about the school when it was going out of business. The last I heard, the property had been bought by a private party with the intention of turning it into a charter school. - What's going on with the old Nib's restaurant? It went out of business due to a fire last March. There was a realtor's sign in the window for months, but it now appears to be gone. Is there a new tenant? - How is the drought affecting the city?
Julianne January 23, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Welcome Nicole!!
Kendra Zien February 20, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Hi Nicole, you came into Playland-Not-at-the-Beach a few months ago and asked me to contact you about upcoming El Cerrito events. But your email bounced back. Can you contact me at kendra@playland-not-at-the-beach.org please?


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