Patch, a community-specific news and information platform, supplies “underserved communities with original content.” AOL launched the multi-platform journalism venture in March 2010 and it has grown rapidly. It is dedicated to “providing comprehensive and trusted local coverage for individual towns and communities,” the company states.
As a leader in the hyper local movement, the company owned by AOL, hires professional editors, photographers, and videographers who live in or near the communities the papers serves. They website notes that journalist covering the local beat are supported by a corporate team in New York City.
The corporation has just launched the Aberdeen Patch.
Aberdeen Patch is part of a regional network of hyper-local sites that stretch from Pikesville to Havre de Grace, Dundalk to Bel Air. Every Patch site is staffed with a full-time, professional journalist who acts as reporter, editor and all-around manager. Mark Tyler is the Aberdeen editor. With a degree in journalism the award-winning journalist worked for the Atlantic City Press for ten years. In addition, Patch sites use a small army of contributors and offer experienced local journalists freelance opportunities.
Since the western part of the county has so many ties to Harford County as a place for employment and shopping, Someone Noticed thought readers would be interested in this additional source for local information.