Patch Hit by Massive Layoffs; Many Boston-Area Community Sites Now Running without Editors
A national network of news sites that has been struggling of late--and was a frequent source of restaurant news for this blog--was hit by a huge round of layoffs that has left many community sites (including a number in the Boston area) running rudderless without their editors.
According to a number of sources, including an article in MassLive, Patch Media Corp. told "hundreds" of its employees yesterday that they were being let go. As a result, community outlets of the Patch across the country are now more or less on autopilot, showing local and regional articles on their pages, but with their editors laid off. Below is a running list of local Patch outlets that are now apparently running without editors (please post comments below if you know of any others that need to be added):
Back Bay (Boston)
Beacon Hill (Boston)
Jamaica Plain (Boston)
North End (Boston)
South End (Boston)
An article in the New York Times from earlier this month mentioned that Hale Global, a company that specializes in turnarounds of troubled businesses, took over majority ownership in Patch from AOL a couple of weeks ago (AOL bought Patch in 2009, about a year and a half after the company was initially formed).