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Problems at Patch.com

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Drip, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Just heard from a Patch regional editor, who said he had to cut back from 2 to 1 copy editor but the workload would increase. I had a feeling that Patch could not sustain its current spending.
  2. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Re: Problems at Patches.com

    The woman on the other thread said Patch was going strong and couldn't be stopped.
  3. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Re: Problems at Patches.com

    Patches.com, I'm depending on you son. To pull the family through. My son, it's all left up to you.
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Re: Problems at Patches.com

    BIG problems for Patches (and Pockets):

    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  5. terrier

    terrier Well-Known Member

    Re: Problems at Patches.com

    Didn't know they had copy editors. Thought it was just the regional editor supervising the towns' local editors. What market is this?
  6. TheHacker

    TheHacker Member

    Re: Problems at Patches.com

    I had the same assumption. If they've got copy editors in my area, there's a lot of stuff that's just getting rubber stamped and published without any questions being asked.

    As others have said on other threads, it's hit-and-miss with Patch. Some editors know what they're doing. Others fill their town's site with a bunch of nonsense,and you can see where those sites get propped up by other editors in adjacent areas that are close enough for the content to be shared.

    At my place, we've felt like the whole thing is a house of cards, and it's only a matter of time before it collapses. And I'm not going to sit here and say we corner the market on journalistic excellence either. But there's a standard things have to meet to get on our website or in our paper, and I don't see that same standard with Patch content.
  7. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Re: Problems at Patches.com

    I think there is a lesson to be learned by us on here. I saw a lot of patch gigs, saw the $40k salary, iPhone and laptop and thought it would be a great opportunity. Almost too good to be true. But as we all know, if it is too good to be true, it probably is. And there's a reason patch.com won't be able to pay 40k, and give out iPhones like candy and survive. It's the same reason newspapers cant do it. Advertisers and readers are stretched too thin. Can't corner the market.
  8. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Re: Problems at Patches.com

    Can't copy and paste it with my phone, but Big Ragu's post FTW. Well done.
  9. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Re: Problems at Patches.com

    AOL can't just keep pumping money into Patch. How long did it estimate it would take before it would be profitable?

    BTW, is the Seattle P-I making money?
  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Re: Problems at Patches.com

    So when you get laid off, do you have to give back the iPhone and laptop?
  11. nmsports

    nmsports Member

    Re: Problems at Patches.com

    Late I know, but good God, Ragu. Other than outing your generation, that was classic.
  12. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Re: Problems at Patches.com

    Patch.com won't make it thru 2012. Won't even come close.
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