Lauren Williamson, Local Editor, Darien, IL Patch

(To Patch Editor-in-Chief Brian Farnham)

I've never been treated as well or as generously by an employer as I've been since I joined Patch. It's been a roller coaster, sure, but that's all part of being in this media landscape and trying to innovate something new. If someone can't deal with that, they're in the wrong business. I couldn't be prouder to be part of Patch.

Russ Crespolini, Local Editor, Mendham-Chester Patch

(To Patch Editor-in-Chief Brian Farnham)

So proud to be a small part of what is being built here. And so proud to call you my chief.

Nancy Hanus, Regional Editor, Michigan

I have never FELT more energy at Patch. This coming from someone who thrives on change and has loved every minute of every roller coaster ride here. Still, there's more than ever right now. I am personally so stoked for some of the things we are rolling out to our teams, and feel like we have amazing momentum right now.

Doug Donovan, Regional Editor

(To Patch Editor-in-Chief Brian Farnham)

I just wanted to pass along this 1997 article about USA Today. I think there's a lot of parallels. National. Ridiculed by mainstream. Game changing. We're with you.

Tony Schinella, Local Editor, Concord, NH Patch

(To Patch Editor-in-Chief Brian Farnham)

Hi Brian,
Coming from [former employer], where no one in corporate said anything to anyone until it is way too late and the whacking began, it is refreshing to be working for a company where corporate folks are quite open and interactive about a lot of stuff. Anyone who has worked for other media companies knows what needs to get done to make this venture work. We have to engage and interact, prioritize and focus, write good stories, and create a product that advertisers and readers can't live without. This plan seems to do that.

Brad Kava, Santa Cruz Patch

(To Patch Editor-in-Chief Brian Farnham)

Brian: Thanks for the reassurance and for your cell. I'm not going to use it, but the fact that you give it out tells me all I need to know about Patch. I've never worked at a place with such open management. All the best!

Stephanie Rex, Local Editor, Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch

I love Patch because it gives me a space to do exactly what I love, in the neighborhood I adore. I moved to my Patch area in college before moving away for a newspaper job. When I came back to Pittsburgh and became the local editor of the Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch, it was truly a dream come true. It was exactly what I had been waiting for. Cut to more than a year later and I am charged to take on 2012 with a mission to make sure every single resident and neighbor knows just how ridiculously easy we can make life for them, simply by signing them up for a newsletter, connecting them to local groups, events and more. I love Patch because it’s not just about news—it’s about fostering community. It’s about starting a conversation. It’s about personal connections that move way past a website. It’s about making relationships that last, while making life—once again—ridiculously easy—for every single reader.

Susan Manning, Regional Editor, MetroWest Boston

When people ask where I work, I get giddy. Sometimes, even, I get goosebumps! Yes, I've been here for more than a year and a half, but I still have that butterflies-in-my-stomach feeling when I think about being a part of Patch. We literally make a difference in the lives of our readers every day. We've helped find lost pets, helped raise money for a dog who needed surgery, won a hundred grand for a school district in California and have become a virtual neighborhood hangout. We've stood shoulder-to-shoulder with our neighbors, giving our time and digital space to their needs. We are here for them and we get out of bed every day knowing Patch makes our local world a better place.

Penny Riordan, Local Editor, Catonsville Patch

I love working for Patch because it's gotten to the point in my my town (Catonsville) where people are calling on me to make connections, take action and help coordinate things in the community. Some days I feel like my job is more building community than doing journalism... I really enjoy those days.

Regina Gulic, Ad Manager, Georgia

I love my job! Cold-calling is even fun while working for Patch. Yesterday I dropped in on an Aquarium store in Woodstock who told me one of her customers just recommended she "get on the Patch." Then I stopped in a Cosmetic Dentistry office and the office manager said, "You guys are really getting big aren't you?" And I ended the day cold-calling an Art Gallery who told me, "Thank you for writing that article about us!"

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