What is happening to Patch?

As a columnist for San Bruno Patch, I was advised today that all of the editors on the peninsula are out of a job.

I can not find anyone at any level that is still employed by Patch.
Does anyone know anything?

Bite Koch January 30, 2014 at 12:17 PM
This might explain the situation. Patch.com launched in December 2007 and was cofounded by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong who invested hundreds of millions of dollars into the company. As of June 2013, Patch reportedly operated some 900 local and hyperlocal news websites in 23 US states. Hale Global purchased Patch from AOL on January 15, 2014. Jim Romenesko reports that Hale Global fired as much as two-thirds of Patch's editorial staff today, two weeks after the purchase. Romenesko published emails from Patch employees about the layoff. One email clarifies, “Technically, we were laid off by AOL. I presume that was a condition set by Hale. Second, I have it on good authority the layoffs were 80 to 90 percent of Patchers.” As of today, January 29, at 2 pm the Santa Cruz Patch is all over. That's according to tweets sent this morning by Valerie Lemke, a contributor to the website, as well as by the publication's editor, Brad Kava. santa-cruz-patch-all-over.jpg
Heidi Beck January 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM
You can read more at Business Insider and at Jim Romenesko's blog. It's over. This Patch already has turned into a zombie site with nothing but aggregated and repurposed material. If you are interested in keeping touch with what's going on in the community, may I suggest checking out nextdoor.com. There has been some interesting discussion of the recent burglaries in San Bruno there.
Renee Schiavone (Editor) January 31, 2014 at 02:24 AM
Hi Robert, there are some changes going on, but we will still be covering this area... if you have any news tips or suggestions, feel free to email me at renee.schiavone@patch.com
Robert Riechel January 31, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Renee Are you the local peninsula "GOTO" person if I want to request something posted to be linked to the NEWS page?
Renee Schiavone (Editor) January 31, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Yes, you can send those requests to me!
Karin Cunningham February 04, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Oh boy... I wish something could be done to keep it going!
Robert Riechel February 04, 2014 at 02:52 PM
Currently it is still UP & RUNNING. I can post. I have a new editor but not sure how wide an area she covers. I have no further info on what Patch's short term or long term plans are for San Bruno Patch. Keep reading San Bruno Patch. Keep posting to San Bruno Patch. I assume the more reader hits and reader posts San Bruno Patch receives will have a positive effect on keeping it running. Thanks
Cat S February 08, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Bring back Laura Rudnick!


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