Thursday, August 26, 2010

Community Journalism
The former managing editor of the Phoenix, Scott Pickering, is Rhode Island regional editor for PATCH.
"The nature of community journalism is about to change dramatically.

The recent launch of AOL Inc.’s in Rhode Island and eight other states is expected to increase already-intense competition for local news and add the Internet as a major player in a field long dominated nationally by newspapers and television.

Bolstered with a $50 million investment by AOL, Patch initiated its presence in Rhode Island the first week of August, when three websites went online – one each serving Middletown, Newport and Portsmouth – with more to come both in the Ocean State and elsewhere across the country. In Massachusetts, sites are in 13 communities to date.

Patch intends to be the largest hirer of full-time journalists in the United States this year, the company said in a news release, expecting to hire more than 500 journalists by the end of the year. In Rhode Island, Patch has hired at least four local editors and last week was looking to fill 12 more positions from Westerly to Woonsocket."
(Full PBN article at link above)

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