Patch is over....

From AOL Patch COO, Leigh Zarelli to employees laid off today:

Hi everyone, it’s Leigh Zarelli Lewis. Patch is being restructured in connection with the creation of the joint venture with Hale Global. Hale Global has decided which Patch employees will receive an offer of employment to move forward in accordance with their vision for Patch and which will not. Unfortunately, your role has been eliminated and you will no longer have a role at Patch and today will be your last day of employment with the company. …Thank you again and best of luck

Mortimer Snerd January 31, 2014 at 08:19 AM
Did our editor make the cut? Will our town's Patch still be here tomorrow?
Lomac January 31, 2014 at 08:56 AM
Patch has been a waste anyway since they were sold. Still haven't figured out how to monetize the news. they just add more and more junk.
Linda Maloney January 31, 2014 at 10:52 AM
I e- mailed Daniel Nee last night when I heard about cuts to The Patch, he informed me that he did make the cut and Ocean County Patches will remain on-line. I was talking to Patch users from other states and they are getting cut off!
Bob West January 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM
My Patch in Long Beach NY lost its editor. I read that Toms River was one of the top editions, so came here to see how you folks fared. Glad your editor got spared. But these folks are going to be spread so thin, there will supposedly be virtually no more local original reporting. 300 people were fired with one conference call, in less than 2 minutes. Reports say that's 90% of the editorial staff. If you'd like to hear the actual call, I've posted the link below. Good luck to you all and your editor. Firings recording- https://soundcloud.com/jim-romenesko/sounds-from-wednesday-morning
Daniel Nee (Editor) January 31, 2014 at 12:18 PM
There will still be original reporting in the Shore region. Don't worry!
Bob West February 01, 2014 at 02:29 AM
@ Daniel - as I mentioned, I'm from Long Beach NY and just "dropped by" to see why you and your Patch "made the cut." It's pretty impressive editing, and lots of folks contributing good posts. I thought our Patch was active with debating community affairs, but your Toms River folks outdo us. Our "shores" have really different demographics, but it's amazing how many problems we have in common. Reading about your Post-Sandy problems, I felt like I could have been reading my Long Beach Patch. So much of the country thinks we're "all better" after Sandy, when the opposite is true. My town's hospital was destroyed, so now it's a long ambulance ride over a drawbridge to the closest ER. In my area, we hear about how many millions in aid has poured in, but it's hard to find where it all ended up. I'm sure for you, like here, much of the aid and reconstruction gets lost in political fog. It's sad, but it's important we remind the national media that we still face the results of the Sandy disaster, all the way from your shores to ours up here. I enjoyed reading about Toms River today, shown me some things we could be doing better up here. I'm impressed how so many of you post in Patch, and how interesting your edition is; I was even surprised how you Daniel were right on top of things, posting here right away. Like I said, we face a lot of the same odd little problems, from the big stuff like FEMA to the small stuff, like distributing beach tags. If you want to be proud of how your town is running since the storm, stop by and read our Long Beach Patch, to see how much crazier things could be!
Tom Davis (Editor) February 01, 2014 at 03:35 AM
Hi Chief Wahoo---we have one of the best journalists I've ever known who has been in charge, and remains in charge of Toms River Patch. Patch isn't over.
WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot February 01, 2014 at 07:48 AM
It's just a matter of time Tom! Not sure how or why you made the cut. Now you should start proofreading articles before you and those who are left post them here.
Mac February 03, 2014 at 12:37 PM
are we going to get emails about articles we have commented on again?
Mac February 03, 2014 at 12:40 PM
and morning editions emailed?
Martin February 04, 2014 at 03:01 PM
To Bob West of NY: We've been following the money that was supposed to help flooded NJ homeowners, and it got lost in the gov's political smoke-and-mirrors, and his wife's so-called charitable foundation. There will be investigations, subpoenas and maybe punishments doled out. -- -- If you haven't already, please visit StopFemaNow.com and get involved in solving Long Beach's similar problems.


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