Patch to Double the Number of Its Community Websites by Launching in Summit, Westfield and Scotch Plains

March 12, 2009

Each Site Will Have a Dedicated Professional Journalist to Provide News and Information Relevant to the Community

NEW YORK, March 12 /PRNewswire/ — Patch, a new Internet company dedicated to community-specific news and information, today announced that it is expanding its current stable of websites to include the New Jersey towns of Summit, Westfield and Scotch Plains (including Fanwood). Patch already has sites serving South Orange, Maplewood and Millburn, and plans to launch the new sites in early May.

“Our goal is to make people’s lives better by providing quick and easy access to the news and information that is most important to them, and we are excited to bring this much-needed resource to Summit, Westfield and Scotch Plains,” said Jon Brod, CEO of Patch. “These are three towns with very involved residents, great businesses, strong governments, exceptional school systems and a real sense of community pride — in short, everything Patch is built to engage.”

Each site leverages Patch’s proprietary technology platform and serves as a hub of local news and information for and about the community it serves. Users will have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories; share their opinions; post photos, videos and announcements; and even add events to the community calendar. Each site has its own editor — a professional journalist dedicated to the community — and a team of contributors to provide everything from reports on high school sports and city government to coverage of events and interviews with members of the community. Patch is free to use.

Like all Patch sites, those in Summit, Westfield and Scotch Plains will offer a comprehensive events calendar, restaurant reviews and a rich directory of all of their respective community’s important places. The Patch sites will serve as a town resource for everything a resident would need, from finding a dentist or an activity for the kids to the name of the official to call for a building permit.

Patch is also an unparalleled resource for local businesses, providing free business listings, maps, product information and even photos of virtually every business and organization. Patch also offers a two-tiered advertising system that allows business owners to create a do-it-yourself online ad; and it has a sales team that will work with individual businesses to best satisfy their needs.

Underscoring its commitment to community, Patch has two initiatives that facilitate giving back and getting involved. First, each Patch site has a dedicated area that helps local charities and willing volunteers to find each other. Second, with a program it calls “Give 5,” Patch dedicates five percent of its ad inventory as free advertising space for charitable organizations while its staff donates five full days of its own time each year to volunteer in the community.

About Patch

Patch (www.patch.com) is a community-specific news and information company dedicated to improving the quality of life in the markets it serves. Each Patch site leverages Patch’s proprietary technology platform and combines original professional journalism and user contributions to deliver the information most important to its community–from government, sports and school news to events, announcements and volunteer opportunities. It is advised by an editorial board consisting of the leading minds in online and community journalism including Phil Meyer and Jeff Jarvis. Patch currently operates sites serving the New Jersey towns of South Orange (www.southorange.patch.com), Maplewood (www.maplewood.patch.com) and Millburn (www.millburn.patch.com).


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