AOL’s Patch Launches 100th Site; Plans
Expansion to More Than 500 Communities This
AOL’s Community-Specific News and Information Platform Plans to Hire More than 500 Professional
Journalists in More Than 20 States by the End of 2010
New Editors Hired to Foster Rapid Growth
August 17, 2010 07:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time
NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) announced today the launch of Patch’s
100th site, Morristown Patch (http://morristown.patch.com). AOL also announced that Patch plans to rapidly
expand to more than 500 U.S. neighborhoods in 20 states by the end of 2010. Additionally, with over 500
journalists still to be hired, Patch expects to be the largest hirer of full-time journalists in the U.S. this year.
“Today’s launch of our 100th site is a significant milestone for us. We began with just three Patch communities in
February 2009, and have since made incredible progress toward fulfilling our core mission of providing
comprehensive information and trusted, professional news coverage to towns and communities,” said Warren
Webster, President, Patch Media. “We believe Patch is a revolutionary and efficient approach to producing relevant,
quality local journalism at scale, and we couldn’t be more excited about expanding into hundreds of new
communities across America this year.”
Every Patch site is run by one professional local editor who, along with freelancers, provides quality original news
and information to its community. As part of its expansion, Patch continues to hire experienced professional
journalists to fill important new roles in the organization.
In addition to being a destination for original content produced by professional journalists, Patch is a platform for
community members to comment on stories, share their opinions, post photos and announcements, and add events
to the community calendar.
Patch sites are already up and running in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey,
New York, Rhode Island