Community news site Patch pulls plug in Washington state, lays off staffers

patch11-300x104 is reporting that online news site Patch is pulling up roots in Washington state, including Kirkland Patch.

Patch is the AOL-owned hyper-local news operation that started in Washington three years ago and has been struggling to become profitable ever since.

From the article:

"Staffers at Washington Patch were notified Friday morning about the job cuts, with half of the operation losing jobs today and the other half notified that positions would be eliminated October 15th.

"About 15 people, including local editors and sales staffers, are losing their jobs. That’s part of a bigger shakeup at the company, one which is resulting in layoffs of about 400 to 500 people. The company had previously employed about 900. Prior to the cutbacks, which had been anticipated for several days, Patch had operated more than 900 community-oriented news sites. In the Seattle area, those included sites such as Redmond Patch, Edmonds Patch and Kirkland Patch. The company never expanded into the City of Seattle, a hotbed for independent online news sites like MyBallard and The West Seattle Blog."

Read more at: