The email's subject line is "Accountability starts with me."
Jim Romenesko published audio of the call on Saturday. (more...)
Armstrong didn’t say exactly what Patch’s revenues or costs would look like after disposing of the bottom third, but, in response to an analyst’s question, he did say that the average cost of a Patch site is “much, much lower” than the $150,000 it peaked at two years ago.(more...)
The changes we are making at Patch, however, come with the difficult decision to eliminate some positions. These employees have contributed greatly to Patch’s business with passion and dedication. We sincerely thank them for all they have done to make Patch what it is today. Their impact will always be felt here. We wish all affected employees continued success. They are truly Patchers for life.Via email, Patch spokesperson Joe Wiggins replied affirmatively when Poynter asked whether editorial jobs would be among those going. He sent along this statement:
Patch is streamlining its regional editorial structure across the country by moving from 20 to nine teams. We are implementing this team approach based on the success of our field tests earlier this year. The team approach allows for flexibility based on the unique needs of each community and the strengths of our editors. We are not reducing our number of sites or our coverage area as a result of this change. Making these important changes came with the difficult decision to eliminate some positions. We recognize these changes are painful for individuals and for our organization - and we are committed to handling the people impacted with care and sensitivity.The company will host a "Patch All-Company call" at 6 p.m. ET Friday.
As for the listings business, he was asked if Patch was trying to build a competitor to Craigslist. "Craigslist and other companies like that that sell used merchandise haven't really scaled into communities," he said. "They've been very metro-focused. One of the opportunities for Patch...is the ability for us on the commerce side to offer the people the ability to do listings and other things like that locally."(more...)
What qualifications make you the best candidate for village trustee? I covered local government for five years as a reporter and have seen decision making in action and understand how local government works.Roach is running as an independent with two other candidates, one of whom he profiled last year. The elections are scheduled for March 20. "I think being a reporter gives you insight on how things work," Roach says on the phone. His previous political experience consists entirely of a successful bid to be student body treasurer at his high school on Bainbridge Island in Washington state. Roach considered running as a Democrat, he says, but he was worried people would think his earlier coverage favored that party. Issues that drove him to run? "There's a lot of issues in our little village," Roach says. He'd like to engage Sleepy Hollow's Spanish-speaking community, which makes up nearly half the town population. He wants to get a master plan in place for downtown. He hasn't discussed his candidacy with his fellow volunteers on Sleepy Hollow's and Tarrytown's ambulance squad, for which he is an EMT. "If there's one thing I want to stress, it's that I don't talk about politics when I do ambulance corps," he says. Roach isn't sure if he'll go back to journalism or not. Since leaving Patch, he's taken a job as a public relations manager for the National Kidney Foundation, which he enjoys. "I do miss journalism a lot already," he says. He'll look at his options after the election. || Related: Tim Armstrong says he "co-founded Patch because local information and journalism improve people’s lives" | "A Brief History of Hyperlocals" (both from CJR)
In many small-town publications there is a thin wall between advertising and editorial. At my previous job, with a twice-weekly newspaper, the wall literally had a doorway that connected the two departments. At Patch, the dividing wall between editorial and advertising seemed so high at times that it was impossible to know where we stood in relation to those on the other side. (more...)