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Is it the End of Patch?

Questions about Patch

I'm not sure. The concept of an on-line local news format has its pros and cons. The immediacy of breaking news alerts and daily digest of local stories - all very relevant. However, I find myself ignoring most of it unless the topic is intriguing. Police blotters and popular surveys are wasted items for me. More interesting is how news is reported. Where are the biases? What information should be indulged? The recent suicide of an Albany teacher - did Albany Patch play a role in that?

The other issue is the corporate Patch, the big-wigs in New York who only see local patches as a framework for corporate success. The recent editor was asked to also handle Berkeley Patch, so long Albany. Emilie has left now for a better opportunity. Now we have someone new. Will she produce what is best about news- good reporting and riveting ideas? Or will the Patch become less, an afterthought to Berkeley? I don't know.

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birdie October 18, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Why is there a new Patch Editor and no mention of it? Analisa was on board for 2 weeks and suddenly now Laila Kearney is listed as editor. What's going on? Also there was a well attended City Council Forum last night and no story about it today? Maybe sadly this really is the end of the Patch :-(
Peggy McQuaid October 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
There was no reporter from Patch at the forum last night - too bad, especially since Patch co-hosted the forum. I understand Analisa has been transfered to Alameda Patch.
Ira Sharenow October 18, 2012 at 04:09 PM
http://gigaom.com/2011/10/06/how-long-can-aol-stay-committed-to-patch/ According to some reports, AOL is now busy scaling back its ambitions for Patch as well as trying to cut costs, which could ultimately wind up jeopardizing what the project was designed to do in the first place. A report by Jeff Bercovici in Forbes magazine says the 800 or so editor/reporters who run Patch’s local outlets “have been told their budgets for freelance assignments are being reduced, in some cases severely,” and content is also being re-used across multiple local sites within the Patch network. There have also been some reports that editorial staff within Patch are being asked to help with advertising sales, a move some see as crossing the editorial/advertising divide that exists in most journalistic entities. Can Patch cut its way to profitability? Webster told Forbes that the reduction of freelance content at Patch’s sites was always part of the larger plan, and posting content from other Patch outlets across the network also made sense, even if it stretches the concept of what local means. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2012/09/24/patchs-redesign-an-evolution-not-a-pivot/ Patch's Redesign: An Evolution, Not A Pivot
Lisa Schneider October 20, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Who's the editor now at Albany Patch? If Laila is the one, then hello and welcome.
Peter Goodman October 20, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Yes, Hello, Laila, hope you last longer than 2 weeks and are given a chance to actually get to know the community (and I guess you now need to cover more than 1 community?). I find current Patch interface disorganized and most of the stories quite irrelevant, with such a mix of voices from all over the 'local' area that I may as well be driving on a freeway somewhere rather than walking the streets of my town. Is this a strategy for selling more ads? If a Solano Ave business wants to buy ads for its customers, why put money into Patch where the local interest has been reduced and you are paying for eyeballs that will never look your way? What is the strategy here? When readers are confused they tend to give up and go elsewhere.

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