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 Patch.com 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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