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  • Hyperlocal news down, not out amid AOL retreat

    AFP - 08/23/2013

    Hyperlocal news, the Internet’s version of community journalism, has taken a blow with major cutbacks at AOL’s Patch, but it may not be time to write its obituary.

    Scores of hyperlocal news sites are operating across the United States, and some say the idea still has promise, and could even thrive with the retrenchment of corporate-run news operations like Patch.

    “Because Patch has been limping along losing money but supported by AOL, that has prevented other people from coming in and doing independent local sites,” said Dan Kennedy, a Northeastern University journalism professor and author of a book on community online journalism.

    AOL said last week it was cutting an unspecified number of jobs at its Patch hyperlocal news operations, while consolidating or closing some Patch sites.

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