Patch Seems To Be Relevant Again

Cat waiting for bus, Sacramento

“We go into SWAT team mode. In the past six months, we’ve found two miniature donkeys and one parrot.”

— Warren St. John, Patch’s editor-in-chief and former reporter for The New York Times, said to Lucia Moses regarding “Patch’s sweet spot [of] quick, high-impact posts… [one in particular] when a lost pet is reported”

CHART: Why People Still Subscribe To Newspapers

Business Insider has a wonderful chart that illustrates why people still subscribe to newspapers in today’s digital age.

The main reason? Local news. Explains why AOL is pushing Patch so much.
The second biggest reason? Coupons. Explains why Groupon and other daily deals took off so quickly.
The third biggest reason? National and international news. Can’t really explain that…

Some have cried that newspapers are dying and close to dying. Sure, the circulation figures for most newspapers have declined precipitously since the Internet’s beginning, but this chart shows that perhaps readership is down because recent media consolidation undervalued and hurt local news coverage–what subscribers value most and what many hyperlocal news sites haven’t yet been able to offer a comparable substitute.

[via Business Insider | AdAge]