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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

AOL Lays Off Remaining Patch Editors in Ohio

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM

After an often rocky trip through the local news business, AOL laid off all remaining Patch editors in Ohio this week.

No surprise, really, after AOL CEO Tim Armstrong leveled the blog platform's workforce by 40 percent back in August. This latest round here in Ohio has been looming for awhile, local editors said in recent weeks.

Here's Debbie Palmer bidding adieu after helming the Strongsville Patch for three years:

My last day at Patch is Oct. 15, 2013. You may have read that Patch is changing direction with a number of its sites, and all 17 in Ohio are affected. Strongsville Patch will stay open for your contributions — feel free to keep posting your blogs, events and opinions. But I and my colleagues in Ohio got our layoff notices a couple months ago.

Before I go, I'd like to thank Strongsville Patch readers for making this an amazing three years. I've worked at newspapers in the area for a long time, but I'd never experienced the kind of give-and-take relationship with readers that comes with an online publication

Indeed, the Patch websites will remain online and open for contributions (hopefully like this one).

Regardless, without the editors at the wheel of the car, this latest development hits local news coverage rather hard after an already deleterious summer. Sun Newspapers, the ink-and-paper stalwart of the suburbs, essentially shuttered its operations earlier this year as the newsroom was folded into the Northeast Ohio Media Group. For communities like Lakewood and Cleveland Heights, the local press corps has dwindled noticeably.

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