Newspaper launches picked up in 2010, but nearly all of them derived from one source: AOL’s Patch initiative, which is creating a network of local news sites in communities across the country. Though the study counted 724 “newspaper” launches last year, all but 36 of them were sites.

— Matthew Flamm of Crain’s New York Business on how Aol’s network of hyperlocal news blogs is the singular force keeping hundreds of skilled journalists in the workforce. 


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