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pipthom

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Half of AOL’s MN Patch Sites Face Closure
« on: August 23, 2013, 01:17:25 PM »
Thirteen of Minnesota’s 25 Patch sites are slated for closure if they cannot be sold or partnered in about 60 days.

AOL’s “hyper-local” news network Patch proceeded to layoff about 40 percent of its employees Friday, and while its Minnesota news websites remain intact, it seems some have a ticking clock.
 
According to an email from Kevira Voegele, an editor for the company’s Eden Prairie site, 13 of Minnesota’s 25 sites will be closed, sold, or partnered by October 15, reported the Pioneer Press.
 
A total of 350 Patch employees were laid off on Friday, and 142 Patch sites were closed nationally. Minnesota avoided the brunt of the assault by only losing two news employees and its five-member advertising sales staff.
 
Reached Wednesday, several Minnesota-based Patch editors declined to comment on the closures or layoffs, and Patch's national PR team did not immediately respond to inquiries.
 
While all of the Minnesota sites are still churning out recent news, according to Voegele’s email, the following are on the chopping block for closure or consolidation unless they are sold: Apple Valley-Rosemount, Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Inver Grove Heights, Lake Minnetonka, Mendota Heights, Plymouth, Roseville, Shakopee, and Southwest Minneapolis. Read more

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Half of AOL’s MN Patch Sites Face Closure
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2013, 05:03:14 PM »
This doesn't look good for nothing, certainly is easy think that the partnered is the best way to resolve this problem... the people who are in a real  problem are the employees whitout jobs now.

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Re: Half of AOL’s MN Patch Sites Face Closure
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2013, 01:08:37 PM »
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the people who are in a real  problem are the employees whitout jobs now.

Very true but we all saw this coming. Very many employees are nowadays sending applications out for new jobs every when they feel insecure at their places of work.
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