Recode: The alternative to your dying local paper is written by one person, a robot, and you. “In the last few weeks, both Gannett and McClatchy, which own hundreds of newspapers throughout the country, have announced layoffs and buyouts that will cut hundreds of jobs. A hedge fund-backed bidder wants to buy Gannett, and if it’s successful it would likely ax even more. Against that backdrop, take a look at Patch, the all-digital local news company you probably stopped paying attention to years ago, when AOL used to own the company. For better or worse, it may represent the future of local news.”
Digiday: Now profitable, Patch wants to be a platform for other local news outlets. “Patch used to be a cautionary tale of the perils of solving the thorny problem of doing local news in digital media. But AOL’s onetime struggling experiment in hyperlocal news has returned to its feet after the portal sold it in 2014. Now profitable, it wants to help other local news outlets fight for survival.” This is amazing. I thought Patch had died.