The Newsonomics of Patch’s Unquilting

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By: Ken Doctor | Nieman Journalism Lab

Too much of last week’s Patch news focused on CEO Tim Armstrong.

Sure, it was a memorably punk moment, one of those historic instants (recall that other AOL-related one when then-Time Warner CEO Jerry Levin awkwardly embraced AOL founder Steve Case? oh so 1999) when things just seem to change. As Patch itself was about to be cut in half — the news of that dribbling out over a week, filling the post-Bezos news-about-news cycle — Armstrong began to unravel, much like the Patch he has enthusiastically worked to build.

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