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Local Journalists Discuss Patch Layoffs

1-30-14

NJ News Commons Writer Mary Mann, The Alternative Press Sports Editor Tim LeCras and Former Regional Editor at Patch David Chmiel discuss the recent layoffs at Patch with NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider.

The group discusses yesterday’s conference call to employees informing them that they would be laid off, hyperlocal news sites, new media’s growth rate and life after Patch.

Chmiel said that it was a challenge and tricky for Patch to try to communicate to all of its employees about the layoffs. LeCras said that the public saw Patch and The Alternative Press as competitors. Mann said that the layoffs at Patch did not come as a surprise, but that people should not stay away from hyperlocal news sites.