WTF is patch thinking

United States

#1 Oct 1, 2013
Seriously, they have a grid showing where the divorced men in town live. This is a new low for the site, and the editor should be fired immediately.

River Forest, IL

#2 Oct 1, 2013
That is crazy. These people have lost their effing minds.

United States

#3 Oct 2, 2013
This is scary. What's next? A list of homes where children live? These people are so desperate for views they will resort to low life junk like this in the future. Time for a change over there.

Steger, IL

#4 Oct 3, 2013
So desperate now, they are taking garbage census information and trying to turn it into MAPS for your town.

Get a flipping clue, patch. It's over. It's over. Your incompetence and desperation knows no limits. Pathetic.

River Forest, IL

#5 Oct 3, 2013
While jerks at patch are asking hard hitting questions like " take our bears poll" the Southtown star is reporting on real news, like the sad death of a local child.

And they wonder why no one respects them or believes them anymore.


When you're out of work maybe you can reflect on this concept while sipping your Starbucks and figuring out why mom and dad are gonna charge you rent when you move back home.
TP Joe

United States

#6 Oct 4, 2013
I think it's really odd that they are trolling the US census maps for useless information and trying to pass it off as worthwhile news. It offers nothing to the reader and brings the quality of the site down several notches. I agree, they've lost the readers and they need to shut it down.
Down with Patch

River Forest, IL

#7 Oct 6, 2013
And here's the truth, from a patch editor, courtesy of Jim Romenesko's website.

"During a conference call last week, all Patch editors were told that each site should have 11 posts per day, per site. The company is planning to provide approximately three of these posts each day, which will consist of a mix of centrally published national news content and “widget” style posts that automatically populate with local open houses, garage sales, movie schedules etc.

The rest, about eight posts per day, will be left to local editors. Since most editors are now responsible for two or three sites, this would add up to either 16 or 24 stories per day, an obviously impossible edict to follow given the oft-slow news cycle of small towns, plus the fact that there are only so many hours in the day. To help accomplish this, editors have been told to simply split stories into pieces and run them in several separate posts, post image galleries from around town and post events and announcements as stories. But even this plan is flawed, as editors now often live far from the towns they are covering, making it geographically infeasible to post image galleries from multiple towns each day.(And let’s be honest, what will these image galleries show, anyway? More overturned traffic cones?)"""

Shows you how little they think of local communities and the citizens. They're taking one story, being told to split it into three parts, and call it news. So, to read a full story you would need to click on three separate links. Why is that important? Because AOL can sell those clicks to advertisers by lying about how many clicks their site generates.

Scumbag journalism, and any editor who signs on for it is a scumbag, too.

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