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A new Patch?

AOL’s hyperlocal startup is building something new, but the details remain closely guarded

At AOL’s second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, CEO Tim Armstrong hinted that changes are afoot for Patch, the hyperlocal news... More

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Must-reads of the week

J-school workshops on managing old men who have no game

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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On Connecticut’s ‘Gold Coast,’ a local news incubator

Fairfield County is swamped with hyperlocal experiments that hold broader aspirations

Learn About Tableau Unlike other communities around the country, the suburban towns comprising the Fairfield County, CT "Gold Coast"... More

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On Journatic, and making it in Hyperlocalville

Success depends on the company bringing Tribune a savings/quality balance, says Patch’s former editor in chief

In late April, a six-year-old digital startup called Journatic struck a deal with a 165-year-old newspaper company to take over... More

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Patch aims for profitability, shifts platforms

The company president spoke of his goals for the year at Street Fight Summit

Patch hopes that all 903 of its hyperlocal news sites will be profitable by the end of 2013, and that... More

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Patch delays layoffs

Hyperlocal hopes to match least profitable sites with local partners

Since Wednesday, Patch employees have been waiting for news of layoffs rumored to come coupled with the announcement of a... More

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Patch launches its redesign on five sites

Its emphasis veers toward Facebook-like “groups” and away from news

Patch’s redesign went live Sunday night in five Long Island towns, about three months after CJR posted a story on... More

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Patch, back in the news cycle

David Carr forecasts Patch’s demise; others debate, but few, other than AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, disagree

David Carr essentially wrote the obituary for AOL hyperlocal network Patch on Monday, but rumors of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's... More

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Reporter faces jail time for scoop in gruesome murder case

A sensational homicide trial in Illinois tests the boundary of the state’s shield law

Patch.com editor Joseph Hosey has been hit with steep fines and potential jail time for refusing to reveal his source... More

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Some background on Patch

Patch is reportedly laying off as many as 500 employees on Friday. Last year, CJR covered the company’s early days

Top brass at AOL's hyperlocal network, Patch, have been saying since at least the beginning of 2013 that they aim... More

What’s A Local Site To Do?

Small and hyper-local sites gear up for the GOP primary

In June 2010, Craig Robinson got a midterm scoop that no other media outlet, national or local, was able to... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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