Why I find AOL's Patch sites so off-putting.
Almost a year ago, the Poynter Institute's Rick Edmonds expressed why hyperlocal sites don't engage him: News consumers, he posits, tend to like "big stories," the earthquake, shootings, bombings, floods, political scandals, and economic upheavals that fill our daily newspapers and cable-news channels. "I have a hard time, though, recalling a neighborhood story I wish I had known about right away," Edmonds writes.
That's something nobody ever says about their Facebook feed.
Addendum, June 29: I wrote a sequel to this piece.
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