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Deb Belt (Editor) April 17, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Aol sold Patch in January to Hale Global, which brought changes, including staff layoffs. ManyRead Moretalen ted editors and colleagues had their positions eliminated by Aol just before the deal closed. Patch readers value local news above all else. We do, too. That's why we joined Patch. And that's why we've decided to rebuild the company. We need to find a way make this financially sustainable over the long haul. What you're seeing now is a company in the midst of a major transition. In many Patches, editors were beloved and the local news was well read. In many of our towns, passionate readers who expect a lot made their Patch a special place. In our rebuild, we want to find a way to get all of our Patches to that place. What you're seeing on Odenton Patch is by no means perfect. But have patience. We're committed to bringing you a new Patch, with an emphasis on grassroots local. Tell us what you like. Tell us what you want. Post your announcements and photos on the Boards so they can be shared with neighbors. Please give us a little time to re-tool and grow.
Alan Simpson April 17, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Perhaps a plan should have been in place before the purchase? By the time you figure it out youRead Morewon' t have any readers left. It can't be that hard to have people in place to find/write local stories.
Jim C. April 17, 2014 at 09:52 PM
If the new Patch can not get back to how it was and with people who care about our Community, then Read Morethe new Patch will not succeed.
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