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News Void in Southwest Riverside widens as Patch Loses Editorial News team — majority owner Hale Global lays off hundreds of employees–including Murrieta, Temecula, Lake Elsinore, and Wildomar

Patch lays off thousands of employees after restructuring with Hale Global, Wed. Jan 29, 2014

Patch lays off thousands of employees after restructuring with Hale Global, Wed. Jan 29, 2014

The news giant of Patch.com whispered good-bye, through its many editors and lead journalists on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

In an unceremonious global layoff message by Hale Global’s Chief Operating Officer on Wednesday morning, Leigh Zarelli Lewis (audio reported by Jim Romenesko):

“Patch is being restructured in connection with the creation of the joint venture with Hale Global. Hale Global has decided which Patch employees will receive an offer of employment to move forward in accordance with their vision for Patch and which will not. Unfortunately, your role has been eliminated and you will no longer have a role at Patch and today will be your last day of employment with the company. …Thank you again and best of luck.”

Editors and employees were given to the end of the day to send emails to contacts, and glean information from their remote accounts before a universal shutdown occurs across the map. As of midnight January 30, 2014, Patch editors will no longer run Twitter or Facebook accounts that the masses have gone to for information.

Local Patch editors have handled the rapid transfer with dignity and grace, such as Murrieta Patch editor, Maggie Avants, who simply stated via Twitter, “I was laid off from Patch today so you won’t be seeing my tweets anymore. It has been my pleasure serving each and everyone of you!”

With over 5,000 Facebook fans, and 2,000 Twitter followers, Avants Murrieta news feed is just one of many that are going silent in Southwest Riverside County.

Editor of Temecula, Lake Elsinore, and Wildomar Patch, Toni McAllister, stated in her farewell note, “It’s been a pleasure working with you all, and — above all — a privilege.” McAllister also went on to state, “(The Patch experience) has been a great opportunity. As for news in Temecula, it will continue on and the citizens will play a large part in telling the stories.”

Meanwhile, news continues to break, and questions arise as to how stories will be told? Whether Patch goes largely blog and crowd sourced will remain to be seen, but without managing editors, content will be driven by readers and armchair journalists.

As many of you know, editors, reporters, and photojournalists do more than just report on the stories. They examine all sides, present all aspects, and allow for the readers to decide what to think, how to feel. With the absence of Patch, the citizens might rise up to share their thoughts and opinions, but as to true journalism, discernment will remain up to the readers.

We, at Temecula Grapevine, wish all Patch editors well in their journeys, and will continue to promote news in Temecula as it breaks.

~Ashley Ludwig, Temecula Grapevine Managing Editor

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

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