AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Patch, the hyperlocal news platform with a presence in over 1,200 communities nationwide, has announced its launch in Austin, TX. The Austin Patch, led by award-winning veteran journalist and Texas native Tony Cantu, features neighborhood and community news.
"I've been reporting in the region for over 30 years and being able to connect with the Austin community on issues that matter to them is a tremendous opportunity for me," says Cantu, Austin Patch editor.
Cantu has written articles for The Wall Street Journal, Austin Chronicle and Hispanic Business.
The Austin Patch platform covers eight communities throughout Austin including Downtown Austin, East Austin, North Austin-Pflugerville, South Austin, Cedar Park-Leander and Round Rock. It includes robust user-generated content features, providing community members the ability to post their own events, stories, images and comments.
Users can sign up on their local Austin Patch to receive an email newsletter that sends the latest news to readers each morning, as well as breaking news alerts. A Patch mobile app that can be customized to display news about readers' preferred locations is also available on iOS, with an Android version coming soon. Push notifications keep users informed on breaking news in their area.
Patch has a presence in all 50 states and recently launched in Charlotte, NC, Miami, FL, and Birmingham, AL. Patch has 154 full-time employees, including 41 reporters hired this year.
Patch generates revenue through a combination of direct advertising for national brands and local businesses, as well as programmatic sales. Small businesses and users can also target local customers with Patch's self-service advertising products that launched earlier this year.
Check out the Austin Patch here: https://patch.com/texas/downtownaustin
Patch is a hyperlocal platform that currently serves 1,200 communities, towns and cities across the U.S. Known affectionately as "The Patch" by its users, Patch is the go-to destination for hyperlocal news and discussion about your community. If it's happening in your town, you'll read about it on Patch. www.patch.com