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After the Huffington Post was sold to AOL for $315 million, it came under fire [citation needed] for using the unpaid labor of thousands [citation needed] of professional writers, with a handful [citation needed] of people who are actually paid. Davis Patch appears to be using a similar business model. That is, even though it uses volunteers, it is for-profit, unlike the Davis Wiki, which is ["non-profit organizations" non-profit] and ["Administrators Paid Off By Business To Remove Mean Comments/People Who Want To Get Paid Off" only provides compensation to its editors through the satisfaction of serving the community]. After the Huffington Post was sold to AOL for $315 million, it came [http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/03/18/newspaper-guild-calls-unpaid-writers-boycott-huffington-post/ under fire] for using the unpaid labor of thousands of professional writers, with a handful of people who are actually paid. Davis Patch appears to be using a similar business model. That is, even though it uses volunteers, it is for-profit, unlike the Davis Wiki, which is ["non-profit organizations" non-profit] and ["Administrators Paid Off By Business To Remove Mean Comments/People Who Want To Get Paid Off" only provides compensation to its editors through the satisfaction of serving the community].

Davis Patch is local news site associated with AOL and The Huffington Post, presenting what they call "hyperlocal journalism". It aspires to be a hub of local news and information for and about Davis. They are online at [WWW]website and are looking for journalist resumés to hire freelancers.

After the Huffington Post was sold to AOL for $315 million, it came [WWW]under fire for using the unpaid labor of thousands of professional writers, with a handful of people who are actually paid. Davis Patch appears to be using a similar business model. That is, even though it uses volunteers, it is for-profit, unlike the Davis Wiki, which is non-profit and only provides compensation to its editors through the satisfaction of serving the community.

They have a free app for easy mobile access.

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2011-06-21 17:09:05   Seems like they're going after the for-profit version of DavisWiki. —jefftolentino


2011-06-21 17:12:12   Thats exactly what I was thinking. —jsbmeb


2011-06-21 17:12:56   BRB crowd-sourcing and making money off of it. —hankim


2011-06-21 17:20:21   The site says Davis resident, Justin Cox, is the editor for the site. I'd like to ask him how he thinks this site is different from the wiki. —jsbmeb Patch is different from the wiki in the regards that Justin doesn't get paid to contribute to the wiki... Daubert


2011-06-21 17:21:41   looking at a launched patch it's a web 2.0 crowd sourced semi journalist blog / yelp / for pay

looks like slapdickery targeted at mainstream people who don't know better —StevenDaubert


2011-06-21 17:30:47   More goodies from Justin Fox:

What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
Davis is a college town that was spun out of the rich agricultural land that surrounds it. That combination has turned it into a place full of incredibly smart people who care deeply about the health of the town and it’s future. The subsequent issue is: How do we grow responsibly?

False. Davis was a train town before it was a college town. Also, that should be "its", not "it's".

Where do you stand on each of these issues?
I feel that almost every news story in Davis can be traced easily back to two things: Downtown and the University. I think the health and vitality of both should be at the forefront of nearly every conversation. In turn, I’d prefer to see the town grow slowly inward rather than sprawling outward, as so many surrounding towns have done.

So, that agriculture thing... not at the core of news stories? The Davis schools — you know, the ones that people move here for — not at the core of news stories?

If he is to be the editor, then I am already not impressed. —CovertProfessor


2011-06-21 18:09:30   Here's the Dixon version: [WWW]http://dixon.patch.com/DonShor


2011-06-21 18:30:16   I emailed Mr. Cox and hopefully will get to hear his opinion soon. —jsbmeb


2011-06-21 18:56:27   From the looks of the Dixon Patch, it looks like the front page is devoted to news. It appears to be more of a local news site just from the front page. When I look at the business listings, it looks similar to a Wiki. However, the Dixon Patch seems to have a more organized look. The layout is simpler and more clean looking. You only see one photo and the rest of the photos are thumbnails. This is different than a Wiki where there are random photos of all sizes cluttering the page. In addition, the description of the business is kept simple and straight forward. On a wiki, descriptions of businesses are of all different layouts and are often too long to read through. If only the wiki were less cluttered.

What the Dixon Patch reminds me of is Yahoo Local. [WWW]http://local.yahoo.com/MaxLucas


2011-06-21 21:12:12   Reviews from other patch sites say they don't pay their "journalists" all that well. I'm thinking the Enterprise will still remain the career builder for local journalists. Still, maybe the competition will push the Enterprise to drop that silly pay-wall they snuck in the other week (I'm still bitter about that). —jefftolentino


2011-06-22 12:22:12   Hi, I'm Justin, the Patch editor. Sooo, the site is mostly news. Our reporting will be done by me as well as a group of local freelancers. Patch does feature a business directory, and the site is for-profit. An attempt to become the wiki would, in my opinion, be a foolish task to undertake. It'll be an online news and information hub and I'll be the main person reporting, but all are welcome to engage. It'll hopefully go live soon; maybe even today. At that point, please feel free to swing by and see if it interests you. santacruz.patch.com and berkeley.patch.com might be decent places to get a snapshot.
justincox22


2011-06-23 00:58:16   If you've heard of Sacramento Press, it basically looks like the same thing. I just can't see it being useful, with sites like the wiki and Yelp. While the Enterprise may be lacking sometimes, they do cover all that is basically worth noting IMO. I don't think you can get any more "hyperlocal" than DavisWiki, though. Just saying.

Also, as a student journalist who is always actively looking for jobs, I have to say that websites like Patch, Sac Press, and Examiner (I'd say Patch seems a lot like it) have raised big red flags. They're just not reputable enough and reek that certain stench of exploitation.. —CecilioPadilla


2011-06-23 11:36:23   Love the animosity from the regulars. —AlexShenko


2011-06-23 16:30:23   So now that the thing is actually up and running, do you think we could take all these incredibly negative, snarky comments — posted before it was even online — away and dispose of them? Like, maybe give the site a chance? Let the editor prove himself? Geesh. —DonShor

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