I’m sure some of you have been following the AOL Patch story. Today, they began layoffs which I have read will encompass about 40%, or 400-500 staffers. I have heard that Boston Regional Editor Karla Vallance (an old colleague from Christian Science Monitor days) has been let go.

As of early this afternoon, the Newton Patch Twitter account was still posting, so it seems it (and Brooklyn Lowery) are still around? If anyone knows or hears anything new, please chime in in the comments.

I’ve enjoyed having Patch as one of a few sources of local news, as they seemed to have some enthusiasm for the local reporting, and some appetite for community-building within their sites as well. Let’s hope that it continues and that AOL (or someone) finds a way to make these profitable.

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