New York – AOL (NYSE: AOL) on Tuesday said that it has launched its
100th Patch.com hyperlocal news and information site in Morristown, N.J., and
outlined plans to hire more than 500 additional journalists in 20 states by
year’s end. The company, which began with three Patch sites in Feb. 2009, said
that it now expects to be the largest hirer of full-time journalists in the
U.S. this year.
"We believe Patch is a revolutionary and efficient
approach to producing relevant, quality local journalism at scale," said
Warren Webster, the president of Patch Media.
Every Patch site is run by one
full-time local editor who, along with freelancers, produces original news and
information for a specific community.
The sites also let community members
comment on stories, share opinions, post photos and announcements and add
events to a community calendar.
Sites are currently live in California, Connecticut,
Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and