A detailed long-term analysis of AOL’s Patch local news sites appears today at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. It tracks the company’s attempt to create a national network of hyperlocal news sites, via a $50m investment that has now spawned 700 sites across the USA. In an encounter with Patch editor in chief, author Robert Hernandez goes so far as to demands of AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong ‘Is Patch Evil’.
It is one of a number of hard questions put to senior Patch managers – however their predictably Pollyannerish answers are reported without challenge of analysis. Perhaps this will come in the articles promised second instalment.
Meanwhile, in Scotland, STV Local has now opened its north east sites – bringing to 16 the number of communities it is covering.