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The Patch Declares Profitability, But At What Cost?

Count us among those who were disappointed that the Patch’s hyper-local news platform was not financially viable. There were times — many times — when the Patch was the only news organization in Orange County reporting on certain events, including San Juan and RSM city politics, or Capistrano Unified happenings. This became especially true once [...]

Patch Suffers Another Round of Layoffs

More bad news for the Patch organization — after AOL divested itself of Patch, the new owners at Hale Global today announced another round of layoffs, gutting the organization. Forbes story here. What’s more “Nearly three-quarters of the approximately 1,000 community Patch sites will become “zombie sites” with no staff of their own, just repurposed [...]

Update on AOL/Patch Closures

The Editor of the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch just issued this statement about this week’s closure of 400 Patch news sites nationwide:

For those of you who have perhaps heard about the shuttering of about 400 Patch sites around the nation, I’m pleased to tell you that RSM will continue to operate. Although many have [...]

Which Local Patch Sites Will be Lost?

If you’ve read our blog for a while, you know that we frequently link to and quote some of the local Patch sites. Patch is an experiment in hyper-local online journalism, and it has had some remarkable successes. We have some great local editors reporting on local news here in San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Santa [...]

Congratulations, Martin Henderson!

Congratulations to the Editor of the Rancho Santa Margarita and Lake Forest Patch online newspapers. Henderson won “Online Journalist of the Year” at the 55th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards and Centennial Celebration, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club. That’s quite an accomplishment. Article here.

With the arrival of the great orange paywall, local [...]