Patch Editors Tip Their Caps To St. Louis

As editors prepare to move on, we salute you, our readers.

I've been so very touched by the kind words many of you have sent my way since I shared the news that Tuesday, October 15, would be the last day on the job for Local Editors here in St. Louis.

Through comments on stories, Tweets and emails, you've told us how what Patch has done here has made a difference. Some of you have asked if you could write letters or start a petition. We're flattered.

In addition to reminding you that our sites will remain open for you to contribute blogs, announcements, calendar events and to access our coverage, what I wanted to do in this space was share some of the thoughts of my other colleagues here in St. Louis. You've seen their bylines on this site and others over the years, and I thought you should see what they're telling readers too.

"People would see the Patch sticker on my laptop at Starbucks and stop to ask me about it, because they subscribed to their local Patch newsletter and loved it.

I met readers at local events such as the Clayton Art Fair or the Wildwood BBQ Bash who could describe Patch to their friends better than I could — and why they should be reading it. Even the people who complained about the mistakes (and sure, we made a few) cared enough to say something because they appreciated what we were trying to do."
--Kurt Greenbaum, on Chesterfield Patch

"This town is filled with people who are passionate about the community about seeing it grow and add new development, while respecting the history. Telling stories about St. Charles has been interesting and fun. I hope I helped foster community discussion and provided a virtual space for neighbors to connect. That was always the goal for Patch."
--Kalen Ponche, on St. Charles Patch 

"...thank you for believing in Patch
 and sharing it with others. I only share things I hold in high regard and like to think that's how you all felt about Patch. 
So know this is farewell as your Patch editor, but not goodbye. 
I'll still be around. I'm still your neighbor."
--Candace Jarrett, on Hazelwood Patch

"Good journalism doesn't exist in a vacuum. Patch readers have been quick to share their opinion, let me know if I didn't have the whole story or express thanks when they thought I got it right. Thank you for that. 

Local news is important. I hope Patch has served you while I've been here and I'm sorry I won't be able to be here to cover the next city council election or to see the completion of the all the new construction work in the Delmar Loop. How will the Loop Trolley construction impact residents? I will be watching on the sidelines with the rest of you."
--Maggie Rotermund on University City Patch

"I just want to say thank you to everyone who's read, contributed, or reached out to me with feedback. Being in St. Louis this past year has been a great ride, and I feel that the Patch experience--which included meeting many of you--has allowed me to feel like a true St. Louisan, instead of just a transplant. I'm looking forward to whatever's next."
--Karlie Baker on Sunset Hills-Crestwood Patch

"It’s been crazy at times, but this job gave me the opportunity to meet some truly amazing people and work with the most creative and professional team. In addition to practicing the journalism and writing I love, Patch also taught me how to build a business from the ground up and gave me the opportunity to explore two amazing communities."
--Gabrielle Biondo on Town and Country-Manchester Patch

"It’s meant a lot of long hours. Dropping everything to cover breaking news. Being at city hall until almost midnight (and after midnight a couple of times). Covering local events on my weekends off.  Answering the question “So what IS the Patch?” more times than I can count.

But looking back, I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.

Over the years, I met some AMAZING people and I'm proud of what I accomplished. We told stories that would never have been told without Patch and gave the community a voice so that people could not only share information, but also their experience, their knowledge and their opinions."

Tamara Duncan, on Wentzville Patch 

I'm also happy to report that Doug Miner, my colleague in Maplewood-Brentwood, has decided to launch his own hyperlocal news outlet serving that area and beyond.

You Stay Patchy, St. Louis!


Maureen Wheat October 15, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Scott, I exlained my position re you on an associated post. Your opinion means nothing to me, as compartmentalizing your ideas so they do not collide is a common defense mechansim. You have a well developed capacity to isolate conflicting ideas. Kindly keep the reality based people out of your line of fire.
Jane October 15, 2013 at 02:55 PM
This is a real shame. I understand AOL not wanting to lose money on the Patch, but did they ever even explore a paid subscription? I'm not willing to pay that much for national news, since there are so many places I can get it, but the Patch was one of the few places where I could learn about city council meetings in Maplewood. I most definitely would have paid something for access to such articles. What a shame.
Jim Frain October 15, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Arguing over AOL and the Patch is useless now...The damage has been done, AOL chose not to make it work and it didn't... and the end of the Patch throughout the country seems to be looming in the future. It is a shame that it is gone from our city of O'Fallon, MO...Both Jordan Lanham and Tammy Duncan worked very hard to make it work. They kept us informed of what was going on in our city, they listened well and wrote wonderful articles that would never make it into the Post Dispatch...But, these articles were important to our residents and to our city. I am not angry at AOL...I just lump them with many other companies who need to make money quickly, and if it takes time and additional investments, you just walk away. Too bad. A sad day for journalism.
Colleen Hoette October 16, 2013 at 09:06 AM
I cannot continue to support the Patch when they did not support these editors, who made the Patch what it is - or was. What a shame.
Maureen Wheat October 16, 2013 at 09:24 AM
Colleen Hoette, I agree. I will not support anything involving AOL, including the Patch. To do otherwise is to feed the greed. Thank you for putting it so succinctly.


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