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So What Do You Do, Brian Farnham, Editor-In-Chief, Patch?
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Uncertain Future for AOL's Patch - Posted December 30, 2013
By now, most media pundits and journalism wonks have all but concluded their somewhat premature postmortems on what exactly went wrong at Patch, AOL's network of local news and information sites. Although the company's problems had been mounting for several years, the combination of major lay... [10,000 Words]

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Failed PR 101 - Posted August 12, 2013
Today in CEOs Behaving Badly: We understand why AOL chief Tim Armstrong was a little upset at the unfortunate struggles of Patch, his well-meaning $300 million experiment in hyper-local news content. He promised AOL that the venture would tu... [FishbowlDC]

Report: Ax Has Already Fallen on Top Patch Execs - Posted August 8, 2013
We have been hearing the same rumor today. According to Business Insider's Nicholas Carlson, as Patch is gearing up for a ... [AllTwitter]

A New Internship Program at Patch, Complete With Scholarship - Posted January 24, 2013
This summer, Patch will be partnering with the Dow Jones News Fund to provide their summer interns with a unique experience: Interns will complete a week-long training program at Western Kentucky University before heading back to their prospective posts across the country. Not only are travel expenses and housing cov... [10,000 Words]

Patch Launches A More Social, More Mobile Site - Posted September 23, 2012
In recent months, there's been much talk of the booming New York tech scene. The city has the fastest growing tech sector in the nation, helped along by Mayor Bloomberg's pitch to entrepre... [FishbowlLA]

Revolving Door: Robin Roberts announces new health battle, Changes at 'The Cut' blog and MSNBC - Posted June 11, 2012
Robin Roberts announced on GMA this morning that she has a rare blood and bone marrow disease called MDS for which she is beginning treatment today. You can learn more about this disease ... [FishbowlDC]

Business Issues Aside, Patch Is a Good Addition to Your Media List - Posted May 23, 2012
Perhaps taking a page out of Third Point's activist investor guidebook, investment advisor Starboard Value has launched a proxy battle against AOL to get seats on the board and then push to unload local news outlet Patch. Patch ... [GalleyCat]

Business Issues Aside, Patch Is a Good Addition to Your Media List - Posted May 23, 2012
Perhaps taking a page out of Third Point's activist investor guidebook, investment advisor Starboard Value has launched a proxy battle against AOL to get seats on the board and then push to unload local news outlet Patch. Patch ... [FishbowlDC]

Chatsworth Patch Expands to Northridge, Porter Ranch - Posted April 17, 2012
Chatsworth Patch has expanded their hyper-local news site to include their neighbors to the north and east in Porter Ranch and Northridge. Now called Northridge-Chatsworth Patch, editor Saul Daniels ... [FishbowlLA]

Five Things AOL's Patch Is Doing Right - Posted April 29, 2011
Patch has gotten somewhat of a bad reputation in journalism circles -- remember when USC journalism professor Robert Hernandez asked Tim Armstrong if Patch is "evil" at 2010's Online News Association conference? For those of you who have been living under a rock, Pa... [10,000 Words]

The State of the News Media 2011: AOL News Before The Huffington Post - Posted March 14, 2011
The State of the News Media 2011, an annual report from the ... [WebNewser -]

After Downsizing, Huffington Post Media Group Staffs Up - Posted March 14, 2011
Just two business days after it was out with the old at AOL and Huffington Post Media Group, it was in with the new, as the division created by the ... [WebNewser -]

Journal Register Takes Aim at Patch, HuffPost - Posted February 23, 2011
Journal Register CEO John Paton is aiming high, telling Beet.TV that his 324 or so publications, which serve more than 900 comm... [WebNewser -]

Patch Topples Paywall in Sonoma, Calif. - Posted December 8, 2010
The launch of Sonoma Patch, a hyperlocal news site covering Sonoma, Calif., which is part of Aol's Patch initiative, cru... [WebNewser -]

Patch Editor-in-Chief Brian Farnham on Perceived Lack of Oversight, Plagiarism Issues - Posted November 10, 2010
Brian Farnham, editor-in-chief of Patch, Aol's network of hyperlocal news sites, spoke with ... [WebNewser -]

Mel Taylor: Aol's Patch Geared Toward Advertisers, Not Readers - Posted October 26, 2010
Mel Taylor, a strategist focused on online revenue for hyperlocal media, shared his theory about Aol's Patch ... [WebNewser -]

Patching Things Up at Aol's Patch - Posted October 12, 2010
Aol's Patch hyperlocal news initiative has seen rapid growth, but that expansion has also brought several ... [WebNewser -]

Plagiarism at AOL's West Hollywood Patch - Posted September 30, 2010
When local blogger Alissa Walker of discovered a portion of an obituary she had written for John Chase had been plagiarized by AOL-owned website West Hollywood Patch, she contacted the site's editor. The Informer at LA Weekly has published the email response Walker rece... [FishbowlLA]

Patch Admits it Lifted Photo From Local Blogger - Posted September 30, 2010
AOL Patch has admitted it was wrong in lifting a photo off a local blog in New Rochelle, NY. In an email to Talk of the Sound blogger Robert Cox, editor-in-chief Brian Farnham admitted... [MediaJobsDaily]

AOL's New Rochelle Patch Denies Plagiarism Accusation - Posted September 28, 2010
While this item may pale in comparison to the "other" AOL news of the day, it still merits watching: AOL's ... [WebNewser -]

New Rochelle Patch Responds to Charges of Plagiarism, Bias - Posted September 28, 2010
Update: [A day after Patch responded to plagiarism, denying the claim that the local editor lifted a photo, Patch admitted that their statement below was based on false information. The company has since acknowledged that local editor Allison Esposito lifted the photo then lied about it to her editors. Here's the... [MediaJobsDaily]

Hearst Sees a Future in the Tablet While Patch Struggles in New Rochelle, Plus Other News of the Day - Posted September 27, 2010
- Fresh off the announcement that Women's Wear Daily will bring on New York Observer reporter John Koblin to cover media, Fairchild editorial director Peter Kaplan spoke with ... [MediaJobsDaily]

AOL's Patch Local-Content Initiative Teams Up with 13 Colleges to Form PatchU - Posted September 21, 2010
AOL is taking its Patch local-content initiative back to school with its announcement of the launch of PatchU, a network of partnerships between local... [WebNewser -]