Content will vanish from shuttered Patch sites

In a post on Facebook, Mark Maley says all content on Milwaukee-area Patch sites will get zapped when the sites close. “That includes our outstanding political coverage of the Wisconsin recall and presidential elections, our top-notch coverage of the Sikh temple shooting and other breaking news, hard-hitting investigative stories about the suburbs and thousands of wonderful feature stories about the people who live here,” Maley writes.

“For the sites that are closing, editors have been instructed to archive for themselves content they wish to save, AOL director of corporate communications Doug Serton says in an email to Poynter. “There are not plans to make content publicly available after sites close.”

Maley wrote Aug. 16 that he was one of the Patch editors who lost their jobs in the company’s reorganization. In a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, new Patch CEO Bud Rosenthal said a “handful of sites will close on Oct. 7 to optimize our closing procedures.”

“It’s just sad when I think about all the hard work the editors put into this — and how it’s all going to vanish soon,” Maley writes.

Related: I wrote in July about a former employer deleting all the content from a site I used to work for (Medium)

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  • West Seattle Blog

    And this is another reason why corporations don’t belong in the local/neighborhood space. No conscience about things like this. Remember EveryBlock closing abruptly and therefore wiping out access to years of posts by community members?