Hi there, we are definitely not Patch.
If you think your community could use Patch,
or you're thinking about applying for a writing job, or "contributing" or "volunteering" at Patch.com, (or just wondering "What is Patch?") ...click around this web page first!
Patch, who's mission is: "...to fund the operation
of Patch news and information sites in communities that need them most: inner-city neighborhoods
and underserved towns around the world
", has made sure the people
of Beverly Hills
have more local news.
Patch claims to exist to improve the quality of life in underserved communities.
In Westport, CT, aside from Patch, the city is served by the
The Westport Minuteman
and countless other news sources both online and off.
While Patch claimed to be the only news organization hiring, and claimed they would be
providing good paying jobs to an industry that needed them, shortly after going live, Patch
did a complete 180 degree turn, fired most of the new hires and decided to "beg" local bloggers
to work for free. In a single effort Patch is attempting to kill real news, and replace it with
the type of celebrity gossip and politician bashing drivel that AOL and Huffington Post
are famous for. Goodbye news, hello, "My kitten just hicupped" and "How to Frost a
Cupcake" type journalism.
Patch's parent company, AOL, (then "AOL / Time Warner"), earned the #2 spot in the
CNBC list of TOP 10 CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS -- in 2005 settles with investors for
$2.5 BILLION after fraud allegations, (they accounted for advertising transactions
by shifting money back and forth between accounts to manipulate the company's value).
On a smaller scale, Elliot Spitzer sued AOL for how it treated customers who tried to cacel
Important: If you operate a local website and don't
like Patch in your town, here's what to do! (Anonymously -- no need to register!)
TIP #1: Be sure to click the "Flag as inappropriate" links
on every comment and posting you browse on that Patch site. This lets them know YOU think
"Patch" is innapprorite, but understand that you are causing the editor to have to check all
those innapropriate reports --- just in case one is inappropriate in Patch's opinion too.
More tips on how to beat Patch...