Web-only news sites are facing uncertain future
Patch.com, which began creating community news websites in 2007, laid off hundreds of editors on Wednesday just two weeks after the company was purchased from AOL by the investment firm Hale Global.
Most of them were notified when they tuned into a conference call on Wednesday morning. In a recording of the call posted on soundcloud.com, Patch COO Leigh Zarelli Lewis is heard telling the employees on the line that Patch is being restructured.
Of the 12 sites, only the Concord site had a working link to the editor’s email as of Thursday morning, suggesting the editors of the other 11 sites are no longer with the company.
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