What's happened to Patch?

What happened to Patch? I heard that all local editors were fired and that this the beginning of Patch ending?
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 08:29 AM
No, Patch isn't ending. Not all local editors were let go. More details about how the sites will be changing will be announced soon. You can contact me with any questions mark.schieldrop@patch.com
Therese Vezeridis February 06, 2014 at 08:41 AM
So what really happened? I pay for a real estate Ad on Patch? Therese Vezeridis, c. 401-864-4364
Rose February 07, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Having a local Patch presence with a talented local editor who lives in, knows and cares about the community is by far the best model for this news outlet. Will not be the same and I already see that it is becoming boring and more distant from local concerns.
Heather Tibbitts February 07, 2014 at 08:35 AM
I agree with Rose. Without the local news as a priority, I have no reason to visit this site. Will we continue to have our wonderful EG editor and focus on EG? If not, we should create our own site.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 07, 2014 at 08:47 AM
I agree Rose, and we understand that what readers want is local news written with actual knowledge and effort. I will do my best to do as much as I can for every community I'm covering right now and there's no question you'd be better served with a full time editor dedicated just to East Greenwich than the current arrangement, which is two of us managing all 15 sites in Rhode Island. The reality is that we're trying to save the company and with that came some very tough business decisions — something that has been happening to local newspapers and big newspapers across the country. Anyone who has worked for a large company that has gone through downsizing can understand. I promise that we're doing everything we can to be in a position to hire talented journalists to increase the quantity AND quality of local reporting on the sites as soon as possible. When Patch was owned by AOL we were discouraged from engaging in conversations with readers like this, but we're a new company now and I'm willing to discuss things with anyone. You can call me at 401-515-3660. The frustration from readers about the layoffs that is proof that you want and deserve quality local news from a variety of sources.
Wendy Fachon February 07, 2014 at 10:39 AM
We have many talented writers in our EG community, and this is a community website. Perhaps motivating more local involvement may help on the cost side of things. I have blogged about health and education which matter to me, however, felt as if what I wrote got lost in the navigation, so I stopped contributing. I write periodically for other media in Rhode Island, where I know my efforts will be seen and read.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 07, 2014 at 11:00 AM
You're right Wendy, EG has always been the source for some of the best blogs on Patch sites across Rhode Island. There's no question the current layout of the site doesn't encourage people to keep posting and the reward for posting isn't great. Things are small, obscure and get buried fast. These are things that are being worked on and will be fixed over time. I hope people stick with us as we improve the platform and anytime anyone posts a blog here, I'll try to bump it to the top of the site so it doesn't get buried.
EG February 07, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Kimberly R. Ragosta February 07, 2014 at 07:12 PM
I agree with Wendy...i did food/recipe blogging for quite awhile. Then they changed the format of patch and I felt like readers never saw my blog because of the format. So for me it was not worth my time...which was sad because I enjoyed sharing recipes! Are you telling me that Elizabeth was let go? If so...what a shame! She worked her tail off! Patch needs to get their act together or they will go out of business.
EG February 09, 2014 at 12:52 PM
What is the difference between Patch and Providence Journal as today?
Sharon Siedliski February 09, 2014 at 05:46 PM
I have the same experience as Kim - I did blogs centered on parenting and when they changed the format I also felt like readers didn't see mine or any of the talented bloggers EG Patch had. Besides Elizabeth's talent, the fact she lived right in town and had knew what was going in her direct community gave EG Patch something extra special. It's not the same without her.
Common Sense February 09, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Elizabeth McNamara was the reason EG Patch became so successful and the reason I checked it not only daily but several times a day. Her tireless efforts and astute, timely coverage of events here in EG will be missed, and I cannot imagine Patch will be anything close to what it was without her - in fact, the change is already evident in the week since she has been laid off, with the same headlines displayed for long periods of time. Elizabeth truly had her finger on the pulse in EG, and Patch is struggling without her.
Jim Halsband February 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Wow, I did not know that Elizabeth is no longer with Patch, I just sent her this email and it bounced back to my disappointment, "How u bin? I baled out of EG, living in Peace Dale but still gettin' Patch'd in! What is really boggling my mind is how this Schaper troll has wormed his vitriolic bullsh_t into EG from Santa Monica, Ca. What up with that? How does this nobody sitting at his keyboard in his mother's basement have a featured blog spewing utter sewage that reaches EG. Just wondering, and it's good to see trolls like Newton flush themselves out of the conversation, too." This will serve as my last post, Patch.com is about to be deleted from my life, best wishes to Elizabeth, good night and good luck to EG in her absence. Any idiotic troll replies to this will not be read by me, so be it!
Class of 98 February 21, 2014 at 08:56 PM
Wow. Way too munch anger there Jim.


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