Thursday, December 27, 2012

Journalists’ Addresses Posted In Revenge For Newspaper’s Google Map Of Gun Permit Owners

A week after the Newtown massacre, The Journal News published an interactive Google Map with the names and addresses of gun permit owners in select New York cities. The bold move has escalatedinto a transparency arms race, after a Connecticut lawyer posted the phone number and addresses of the Journal‘s staff, including a Google Maps satellite Image of the Publisher’s home. “I don’t know whether the Journal’s publisher Janet Hasson is a permit holder herself, but here’s how to find her to ask,” read Christopher Fountain’s blog post. The double irony here is that open data was heralded as a tool of enlightened civic dialog, and has been co-opted for fierce partisanship, bordering on public endangerment.
The Journal‘s original publication of the map sparked nationwide outrage and thousands of angry comments. Gun permit holding is public information in New York, and can be acquired through a mere request via the Freedom of Information Act. But, coming on the heels of the Newtown shooting, the publication had a clear provocative intent. “New York residents have the right to own guns with a permit and they also have a right to access public information,” said a defiant Hasson.
Given that the Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle used in the school shooting was reportedly legally registered with the killer’s mother, the Google Map sparked a debate about whether gun owners should be labeled like other potential menaces to society, “The implications are mind-boggling,” said Marine Scott F. Williams to The Journal News, “It’s as if gun owners are sex offenders (and) to own a handgun risks exposure as if one is a sex offender. It’s, in my mind, crazy.”
Blogger Christopher Fountain took the debate into his own hands, publishing the personal information of The Journals‘ staff. “Hundreds of thousands of readers; Janet, you have a great Christmas Eve,” he wrote, after a popular political outlet, Instapundit, linked to his post.
Ironically, the promise of open data was supposed to lead to open-minded discussion. “If the broad light of day could be let in upon men’s actions, it would purify them as the sun disinfects,” reads the often-cited quote from Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, who stands a champion to modern-day nonprofits fighting for greater access to health, legislative, and administrative government data.
Open data advocates have struggled to get media attention for their utopian vision of automated government services. This latest use of open data via Google Maps, both to publish gun permit ownership and journalists’ geolocation data, seems to have hit the media sweet spot, as it plays into our debased partisan interests. It appears that transparency lends itself equally to being both a tool of democracy or a partisan weapon.

White Plains newspaper The Journal- News, a Gannett publication, has published the full name and address of every licensed pistol permit holder in three New York counties. I don’t know whether the Journal’s publisher Janet Hasson is a permit holder herself, but here’s how to find her to ask:
(UPDATE: Uh oh – InstaPundit’s linked here. Hundreds of thousands of readers; Janet, you have a great Christmas Eve)
Janet Hasson, publisher, Journal News
Janet Hasson, publisher, Journal News
Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck, NY 10534.
Phone number:
(914) 694-5204

Here’s a photo showing her Mamaroneck house – interior shots are on Zillow:
Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Rd, MamaroneckUPDATE: From reader RJS: Gannett’s CEO-
Gracia C Martore
728 Springvale Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066
(703) 759-5954
The reporter on the story is
Dwight R Worley
23006 139 Ave
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413        (718) 527-0832
UPDATE: Intrepid readers have come up with all sorts of contacts for these people:
Miss Royle’s married name is Lambert. She lives in White Plains and here is her Facebook page complete with pictures of her and her kids. Hello Sanctimony.
Cynthia R Lambert
17 Mcbride Ave
White Plains, NY 10603 (914) 948-9388
Publisher, Janet Hasson,
3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck NY, 10543
(914) 694-5204

Reporter, Dwight R. Worley, 23006 139 Ave
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413
(718) 527-0832
The “Visual Editor” responsible for the map itself is:
Robert F. Rodriguez
(w) Stephanie Azzarone
Home (212) 222-4566
420 Riverside Dr, Apt 7A
New York, NY 10025-7748
Publisher: Janet Hasson (@janhasson on twitter) 3 Gate House Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10534
Gracia C Martore 728 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066 (703) 759-5954

–(Junior Editor) Nancy Cutler 9 Woodwind Ln, Spring Valley, NY. (845) 354 3485
Barbara Livingstone Nackman a Reporter on the municipal beat can be found here:
Barbara L Nackman
279 Farrington Ave
Tarrytown, NY 10591 (914) 332-5185
Swapna Venugopal Also a Reporter and can be found on
306 Quaker Rd
Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-4607
Mike Risinit
Michael J Risinit
42 Robinson Ln
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 454-2278
Seth Harrison
107 Valleyview Rd
Irvington, NY 10533 (914) 231-5411
OTHER STAFF. Let them know you how you feel about the actions of their co-workers and management.
Albert Conte
Photo reprints
Work: 914-696-8401
Anjanette Delgado
Community Conversation (Forums, Blogs, Social Media)
Work: 914-694-5072
Brian Howard
Social Media Editor at The Journal News
Work: 914-666-6177
Carrie Yale
Visuals Director at The Journal News
Photography (Days)
Work: 914-694-5092
Caryn McBride
Print and digital news editor, award-winning journalist
Editor at The Journal News
Westchester County, NY
Work: 845-578-2434
Cathey O’Donnell
Journal News reporter in NY covering Westchester, Rockland and Putnam
White Plains
Investigative Reporter at The Journal News
Chris Brown
Graphics Artist at The Journal News
Chris Gaughan
Works at The Journal News
Dan Donovan
Comics, crosswords, Jumble, Sudoku, movie clock
Work: 914-694-5309
David McKay Wilson
Columnist at The Journal News, freelance journalist, cycling advocate
Mahopac, NY
Ed Cummins
News Editor at The Journal News
Ed Forbes
Digital Team/Homepage
“Ed Forbes, a @StLawrenceU and @columbiajourn alum, is the Digital Editor at The Journal News and Westchester resident, N.J. native, Ad’k expat.”
Lives in Mount Kisco, New York
From Randolph, New Jersey
Columbia, St. Lawrence
Work: 914-696-8488
Gary McGriff
Works at The Journal News
George Troyano
Vice President Sales & Marketing at Journal News Media-Gannett
Studied Marketing at Drexel University
Work: 914-694-5157
Heather Salerno
New York-based journalist, wife and mom
Works at Feature writer for the Journal News
Studied at Georgetown University
Herb Pinder
Community Conversation / Opinion Page editor at The Journal News and
Work: 914-694-5031
James Kwasnik
Online Director at The Journal News, Technology/Analytics Editor
Work: 914-694-5172
Jill Mercadante
Multimedia/Marketing Editor at The Journal News
Joe McDonald
Local News, Local Content Editor
Work: 914-694-5099
Karen Croke
LoHud Weekend
Work: 914-696-8267
Kathy Moore
Local Content Editor
Work: 914-694-3523
Ken Valenti
“I’m a transportation reporter for The Journal News/”
White Plains, Westchester, NY
Linda Lombroso
Features Writer at The Journal News
Leah Rae
Journalist in Westchester County, N.Y., following local news, immigration trends, and cool maps.
Lee Higgins
Breaking news reporter for
Work: 914-696-8570
Liz Johnson
Food editor at The Journal News and in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. Eater, drinker, gardener.
Lower Hudson Valley
Work: 914-694-5075
Mary Dolan
Deputy Managing Editor, Features editor The Journal News/
White Plains
Work: 914-694-5230
Mike Meaney
Morning breaking news
Work: 914-696-8565
Nancy Cutler
Opinion editor, Rockland, The Journal News/
Rockland County, NY
Work: 845-578-2403
Nights, weekends, holidays and news tips: 914-694-5077
Phil Reisman
Columnist for The Journal News/
Westchester, NY
Robert F. Rodriguez
Visuals Editor / Photo Editor at The Journal News
Photography, Nights
Studied at NYU
Lives in New York, New York
Married to Stephanie Azzarone
Work: 914-694-5092
Sean Mayer
Sports and Operations Editor for the Journal News Media Group.
Studied at Binghamton University
Married to Randi Kravetsky-Mayer
From Monroe, New York
Work: 914-696-8527
Swapna Venugopal
Reporter, The Journal News at Gannett
Staff Writer,The Journal News/
Write about politics, development issues and life in Westchester County, New York
Studied at New York University
Lives in Chappaqua, New York
From Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Work: 914-696-8229
Thane Grauel
Local Editor Rockland/Digital Editor at The Journal News
Norwalk, Conn
Theresa Juva-Brown
Reporter at The Journal News
“Transportation/TZB reporter for The Journal News/ Reach me at tjuva@lohud.comwith tips/story ideas. I love hearing from readers/riders/drivers.”
White Plains, NY
Studied at Syracuse University
From Queens, New York
Contact Us
The Journal News and
Main Office:
The Journal News
1133 Westchester Ave.
Suite N110
White Plains, NY 10604
Main phone number: 914-694-9300
Report breaking news: 914-694-5077
E-mail breaking news:
Lobby Hours:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – open for visitors
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Home Delivery Operations Manager: John Czarnecki, 914-696-8540,
Director/Circulation Operations: Elaine Kirsch, 914-696-8511,
Single Copy Manager: Mauro Ferrotta, 914-694-5233,
News Managers
Sound Shore: Liz Anderson, 914-696-8538,
White Plains: Scott Faubel, 914-696-8569,
Northern Westchester: Robert Brum, 914-666-6579,
Yorktown-Cortlandt: Robert Brum, 914-666-6579,
Putnam: Robert Brum, 914-666-6579,
Rockland: Nicole Futterman, 845-578-2408,
Online Ad Director: Eileen Zaccagnino, 914-696-8463,
Director, Marketing and Client Solutions: Tessa Garcia, 914-694-5188,
Janet Hasson herself is married with one child, and her personal interests, as culled from her credit card records, are noted below:
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