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Patch begins lay-off process with few local cuts

LAWRENCEVILLE — On Friday, AOL Inc announced cuts of a substantial number of jobs at local online news source Patch, but many local sites seemed to have survived the first cuts.

Editors were laid off from Barrow County and the Loganville-Grayson site, as well as the Monroe site, but the other Gwinnett editors appear to have kept their jobs. There are 11 local sites in Gwinnett, and on Friday those websites remained active.

An email sent to the news organization, which has a staff of 1,000 across the nation, was not returned, but one former employee confirmed the cuts of at least three editors in the area, which stretches to Athens.

“It’s been a tough day, for both those who remain with Patch and those who have been let go,” the former employee said.

According to Reuters, AOL has been trying to build the company into a media and entertainment destination dependent on advertising since Chief Executive Tim Armstrong took charge in 2009.

A source close to the company told the news service about half of the staff is being laid off, as the company said it would consolidate or close some Patch sites to cut costs.

Patch has 3.5 million newsletter subscribers and 4.7 million registered users and is growing quickly, the company said. But the group of websites has cost the company roughly $150 million, the Reuters report said.

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Haughton 8 months, 1 week ago

I too hope that Patch survives, but I am not suprised by this annoucement. Patch has undergone alot of visible changes. In my opinion, the content has been severly lacking lately. I don't like the changes, and don't contribute nearly as much as in the past. Many other regular posters have left.

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MichelleCouch 8 months, 1 week ago

Patch is - was in the beginning to be a hard core news driven site - that is not a virtual business if it is to be done properly. Newspapers, hard copy and online takes an editor-in-chief, assignment editors and free-lance editors (who are now also doing the multi-tasking of photography and videoing)... NEWS IS FIELD LABOR-INTENSIVE.... not virtual!

Patch's technology is first-rate and also labor-intensive. The upfront investment was millions.... the back-end advertising sales which is to support the venture is not coming through.

Now for the second bit of bad news.....

In publishing.. and yes, news papers, magazines... all fall under the realm of publishing; re-designs are usually the kiss of death!

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