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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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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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