NEW YORK, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Patch, a growing network of community-specific online news and information sites, today announced its debut in the New York-market with plans to launch 11 new sites spanning Long Island and Westchester County in the next three months. Patch currently has sites serving 12 communities in New Jersey and Connecticut, and by the end of the week will launch two more -- Livingston, NJ and Ridgefield, CT.
"Launching in New York is a major milestone for Patch and we are very happy to enter our third state and one of the most exciting media markets in the US," said Warren Webster, president of Patch. "At a time when more and more outlets are charging for online content, our users have free access to professionally written news and directory information. We know that residents of Long Island and Westchester County will value all that Patch has to offer, as do our current users in New Jersey and Connecticut."
Patch will launch four sites for the Long Island communities of Bellmore, Garden City, Merrick and Port Washington; and seven sites in the Westchester County communities of Bedford-Katonah, Chappaqua-Mount Kisco, Harrison, Larchmont-Mamaroneck, Rye, Scarsdale and Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow, by the end of the year. Additionally, Patch is continuing its expansion in New Jersey and Connecticut, with sites expected to come to Basking Ridge, Chatham, Madison, Springfield and The Caldwells in New Jersey; and to Westport, Connecticut.
"The past few months have been very exciting and fast-paced as we have ramped up our expansion plans," said Brian Farnham, editor-in-chief of Patch. "There may be a shift occurring as media moves online, but that doesn't change the consumer's need for great journalism at the local level. There are great journalists out there, and we want them on the Patch team."
Each Patch site leverages its proprietary technology platform and serves as a hub of local news and information for and about the community it serves. Users will have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories; share their opinions; post photos, videos and announcements; and even add events to the community calendar.
Each site has its own editor -- a full-time professional journalist dedicated to the community -- who is aided by and manages a team of contributors that will provide everything from reports on high school sports and city government to coverage of events and interviews with members of the community.
Like all Patch sites, those coming to Westchester and Long Island are free to use and will offer a comprehensive events calendar, restaurant reviews and a rich directory of all of their respective community's important places. The Patch sites serve as a town resource for everything a resident would need, from finding a dentist or an activity for the kids to the name of the official to call for a building permit.
Patch is an unparalleled resource for local businesses, providing free business listings, maps, product information and even photos of businesses and organizations around town. Patch offers a two-tiered advertising system that allows business owners to create a do-it-yourself online ad; and it has a sales team that will work with individual businesses to best satisfy their needs.
Acquired by AOL in June 2009, Patch Media Corporation (www.patch.com) is a community-specific news and information company dedicated to improving the lives of their residents through high-quality local information. Each Patch site leverages Patch's proprietary technology platform and combines original professional journalism and user contributions to deliver the information most important to its community -- from government, sports and school news to events, announcements and volunteer opportunities. It is advised by an editorial board consisting of the leading minds in online and community journalism including Phil Meyer and Jeff Jarvis. Patch currently operates twelve community-focused sites serving nine towns in New Jersey and three in Connecticut, and is continuing to aggressively expand its family of sites -- dozens are expected by the end of 2009.
SOURCE Patch Media Corporation