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AOL’s Grand Human-Heavy Local News Experiment Is Coming To An End

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AOL’s Grand Human-Heavy Local News Experiment Is Coming To An End
Nicholas Carlson | Feb. 20, 2013, 10:31 AM | 7,271 | 28

AOL seems to be radically changing its plans for Patch, it’s network of local news sites.

We’ve heard from insiders that the division is pivoting away from a human editor centric model, toward one where local sites (“Patches”) are built to be content-sharing and community-organizing tools for their areas.

Editors won’t go away entirely, but there will be fewer of them, writing for more sites.

The contraction of human resources is not going unnoticed.

Former Patch editors keeping track of their old employer have begun emailing us about it.

Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com/aols-grand-human-heavy-local-news-experiment-is-coming-to-an-end-2013-2#ixzz2MjGLIrEg

4 thoughts on “AOL’s Grand Human-Heavy Local News Experiment Is Coming To An End

  1. I am disappointed that the Ridgewood Patch as we know it will soon go away.

    The more focus there is on local news, the more difficult it is for local politicians to hide from the truth.

    The Ridgewood Patch did an excellent job of keeping local politicians on their toes, just as the Ridgewood Blog does.

    The more eyes on Village Hall, the more honest they are.

  2. I enjoy the Ridgewood Patch and the patch for two other towns that I lived in. They have great local flavor.

  3. The Patch always seemed canned to me.
    Now it will be even more so…

  4. The Paul Patch is a propaganda organ for Mayor Paul Aronsohn. The Patch charades as a news organization. The Blog at least has a point of view and is what it purports to be even though I may not agree with the content

    Maybe the Patch editor gets a job at Village Hall?

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