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Patch’s St. John: People Crave an Understanding of What’s Happening Right Around Them

Noah Elkin

Patch’s St. John: People Crave an Understanding of What’s Happening Right Around Them

“We have about just under 70 full-time salaried editors. Compared to the old Patch, which had a newsroom the size of the New York Times, that may sound small, but when I talk to other digital publishers and I tell them we’ve got 70 full-time salaried reporters in the field, that sounds like a lot to them. Our goal is to add more as we grow. As we get revenue, we put it immediately into expanding because we need to be national to really fully realize Patch’s potential,” said editor-in-chief Warren St. John.

Up Close and Personal: Ex-Patcher Tells How He Went Independent

Tom Grubisich

Up Close and Personal: Ex-Patcher Tells How He Went Independent

Michael Dinan was senior regional editor for Patch in suburban Connecticut when he — along with hundreds of other editorial staffers — was terminated in January as part of Aol’s deal to sell most of the community news network to Hale Global. After the blow fell, he turned around and set up the independent site New Canaanite within days — and expanded it to a collaborative network in suburban Connecticut shortly thereafter…

Discovering Common Ground Among ‘Indie’ and Corporate Hyperlocal Sites

Tom Grubisich

Discovering Common Ground Among ‘Indie’ and Corporate Hyperlocal Sites

The digital Grand Canyon that has divided independent and corporate hyperlocal news sites is not looking so immense lately. The “indies” and the corporates are still kicking up a lot of dust in their community-by-community competition. But these rivals are changing their operations and strategies in ways that make them look more alike than different…