Given the corporate turmoil and massive cuts playing out before us at AOL’s Patch, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about what went wrong with the local news provider. They had the bodies, tools and platform to do good local journalism, but their model became unsustainable.

I’ve been working for an all-digital local news startup for the better part of a year, and these are a few of the essentials I think must be in place for success on the Web, on the local level. Of course, these notions are based on my own personal experience. Feel free to respond either in favor or against any of my propositions.

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