Why a New Website May Be Great for Job Seekers & Communities

patchA reputable business website is reporting that AOL is about to expand an experiment big time. Business Insider is reporting that a community-based news website called Patch.com, which is owned by AOL, plans to expand from a couple dozen sites to hundreds across the country.

Patch.com is a group of the web version of community newspapers. In towns like Darien, CT or Garden City, NY the websites cover community news, provide information about events and businesses and allow people to interact with each other on the web. The beauty of these sites is that they provide coverage of towns that often get ignored by bigger media. And a lot of studies are showing this is exactly the kind of relevant, two-way journalism that people are craving.

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So, why is this good news on the job front? Two reasons. For young journalists and recent college graduates, this means hundreds of new jobs out there, and jobs that are being filled by young, multi-tasking, tech-savvy people. Not only are these great first jobs for young journalists, but they also can lead to other multi-media jobs in the future. These sights also provide opportunities for freelancers to do some extra work and for people in the community to develop skills as citizen journalists.

The second reason is not quite as obvious, but is just as, if not more, important. I believe these sites, just as community newspapers used to do, help build up and strengthen local businesses. As people in a community become fans of these sites, local businesses can advertise cheaply and draw in new customers. As local businesses strengthen, as opposed to shutting down because of a bad economy, they thrive, grow and provide new jobs. While there have been a lot of overstatements about how many jobs small businesses provide, these days any new job creation is a good thing!

So, my hat is off to Patch.com for an effort to provide meaningful news coverage in smaller communities, providing jobs for young, aspiring journalists, and for doing its part to help revive the economy.


Geoffrey A Roth

Geoffrey A Roth

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Geoff Roth is a 30-year veteran of the TV news business. He has hired hundreds of people and counseled both professionals and students as they hunt for jobs. Geoff is chronicling life after TV News at www.nomoredeadlines.com.

He was part of the original staff of CNN when it started up in 1980, and has worked for national and local news organizations across the country as everything from a writer to News Director. He is now rounding out his career as an Assistant Professor in the journalism department at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.  

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October 11 2011 at 5:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DJ

Gary, I totally agree! The whole world will open it's doors and help to the young but do you ever hear of a company that has given a great opportunity to learn from the ground up and share their knowledge and experience to anyone past 50?
I wish I had been given the opportunity and guidance to see first hand how and what it takes to be successful and start my own business. I haven't given up yet, but I am running out of time! Thanks!

March 17 2010 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gary

I WAS JUST CURIOUS AS TO Y THIS PATCH IS FOR THE YOUNG ONLY? WHAT ABOUT 52 YEAR OLD MEN THAT HAVE BEEN WORKING THEIR BUTT OFF ALL THEIR LIFE AND SERVED THIS COUNTRY, IN COUNTRY AND ABROAD ? ALSO RAISED WONDERFUL DAUGHTERS AND DIVORCED AFTER 27 YEARS OF MARRIAGE AND NOW HAS TO SCRAPE TO SURVIVE! WHAT ABOUT US? WE GAVE ALL AND NOW I PERSONALLY THINK ITS OUR TURN TO GET REWARDED! FIND US A REAL STAY AT HOME JOB SO WE CAN ENJOY LIFE ! NOTICE I SAID OUR TURN , NOT MY TURN! WE HAVE A LOT TO GIVE , JUST AS MUCH AS ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE! JUST LIKE A SONG FROM THE 70 S I REMEMBER, TAKE A CHANCE ON ME! THANK YOU! GARY

March 16 2010 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Judy

Gary, just read your post and can so relate to it. I am in the 50+ world, had an incredible life, experiencing wonderful things, helped build someone's real estate business when real estate was hot. It's like, wow! Guess we just can't give up ever, Gary. Have you had any luck yet? Judy

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