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Patch CCO Talks Election Coverage: Virtual News Teams, Trending Hashtag

Matt Sokoloff

Patch CCO Talks Election Coverage: Virtual News Teams, Trending Hashtag

The election was a big national story, but it was also an important local story — and served as yet another crucible to test how deeply hyperlocal network Patch has woven itself into the 850+ communities it serves across the country. Rachel Feddersen, Patch’s Chief Content Officer, spoke with Street Fight this week about how the network approached and executed its election coverage, and what potential lessons the event had for the rest of the news cycle.

Patch Content Chief: ‘We Don’t Go After Audience at the Expense of Excellence’

Noah Davis

Patch Content Chief: ‘We Don’t Go After Audience at the Expense of Excellence’

When Rachel Fishman Feddersen joined Patch as chief content officer in February, the former editorial director of digital content, strategy and design at The Parenting Group was tasked with honing and refining the vision behind AOL’s local news play. Feddersen spoke with Street Fight recently about the calculus behind Patch’s content mix, what kinds of stories go viral, and what the hyperlocal network is planning for ahead of the November elections…

EIC Brian Farnham Leaving Patch to Explore ‘Other Startup Opportunities’

Noah Davis

EIC Brian Farnham Leaving Patch to Explore ‘Other Startup Opportunities’

Patch editor-in-chief Brian Farnham has announced he is leaving the AOL network of hyperlocal sites after four years on the job. A Patch spokesperson said the move was “100%” Farnham’s decision. Rachel Fishman Feddersen, who joined Patch as chief content officer in February, will now fully take over the editorial side of the operation…