Hundreds of Patch.com sites shut down and people fired. Hardly sudden news, but there were a number of good reporters who’d found a limited shelter there and I’m sorry to see them lose what little income Patch could provide.
That said, I always thought their reach exceeded their grasp. A friend suggested what might work, an online site that covered real estate, arrests and obituaries only. Toss in local high school sports coverage with material posted by the proud parents, persuade an ex-but-still-connected politico to dish out gossip on his former colleagues and bingo – a modern newspaper that might draw enough readers and sell enough ads to survive.