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Problems at Patch.com

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

  1. And so it begins...
    http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2013/10/northeast_ohio_patchcom_editors_bid_farewell_to_readers_as_patch_cuts_ohio_journalists.html
     
  2. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Begins? This was part of the last round of cuts, which was discussed on this thread when it happened. Some of the editors were let go immediately and some were given until Oct. 15.

    The only thing that changed is Patch hasn't gotten rid of very many sites, if any at all, choosing to lead them running without editors running the sites directly.
     
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    A very comprehensive piece on Armstrong, Patch, AOL, and the firing of the photog:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/tim-armstrong-patch-aol-2013-10?op=1
     
  4. UNCGrad

    UNCGrad Active Member

    Why "Patch"? Why that name? Never sounded right to me.

    I know that's low on the list of what went wrong or has happened with this venture from the start, but it always seemed to me a very bad branding misstep right out of the gate.

    Am I missing something?
     
  5. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    This is a little old, but it wasn't posted here:
    Patch didn't allow an editor to go on a local TV newsmakers show to talk about a local political race for unseen circumstances. Those circumstances being he was laid off and wasn't allowed to talk about it.
    http://www.rifuture.org/patch-editor-gets-tv-invite-declines-because-he-was-laid-off.html
     
  6. gingerbread

    gingerbread Well-Known Member

    This is a fantastic read, very detailed and informative. And I loved the quote sourcing explanation at the end. Thanks for posting.
     
  7. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    It really was well done puts things in perspective, including the highly publicized firing.
     
  8. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    That story just goes to show that AOL is either systematically terribly run, or the PR people there have it in for Tim...because now that the facts are exposed, it's really no wonder the photog was fired.
     
  9. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    Per multiple media places, AOL will retain a minority interest, as the new majority owner of Patch is Hale Global: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/236068/tim-armstrong-aol-will-keep-meaningful-minority-interest-in-patch/
     
  10. Keystone

    Keystone Member

    A friend of mine who is editor of one of the better Patch sites just told me that she received a phone message saying she will be unemployed as of 5 p.m. today.
     
  11. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Apparently, the doomsayers got their wish.
     
  12. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    This is a long thread and it's been mostly dormant for awhile, so I don't remember everything that was said by whom about Patch.

    But as far as "doomsayers," just because you think something will fail doesn't mean you want it to.
     
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