The Axe Falls at Patch
Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.
New Jersey local news media became the news yesterday as Patch.com — the national network of local news sites recently acquired by Hale Global — announced massive layoffs. Locally, the cuts reduced New Jersey’s Patch staff to just nine, tasked with running 89 local sites throughout the Garden State. The scuttlebutt is that many sites will act as community bulletin boards with scant local reporting.
If this is the case, Patch’s journeyman-like coverage of small town news will be much missed. We’ve included some examples in our roundup this week — from crime reporting in Cinnaminson and South Brunswick, to a personal story of struggle in Collingswood, to a school district updates in Ocean City, to coverage of a mayor’s state of the township address in Woodbridge.
In other local news: a missing coach turns up in Berkeley Heights (with reporting by The Alternative Press), the Paterson Times has the story of native Mike Adams playing in the Superbowl, Blogfinger continues its in-depth reporting on FEMA funding and boardwalk reconstruction in Ocean Grove, and WRNJ radio in Hackettstown reports that the Super Bowl “will dodge the bitterly cold temperatures and the threat of snowfall that have hung over the Northeast for the past week.”
Our full roundup for the week:
Jitney Bus Map Available Online Jersey City Independent
Former Pop Warner Director from NJ, NY Admits Stealing Thousands From Group Manchester Patch
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Andrew Guadagnino, NJ News Commons intern, contributed to this report.