Patch's goal is to have 12 local editors in the Lehigh Valley, each covering different areas. Five are already on board, and two are still being trained in NYC. Emmaus may go live as soon as next week.
If you'd like to see an example of this site in operation, take a look at the one set up for the Ardmore area. You'll notice a lot of local news and sports, with a heavy emphasis on video. In addition, a fairly detailed calendar of upcoming events is included, and Koomar explained that readers can add their own functions.
As Jeff Pooley noted in his own study of Patch, Allentown will go uncovered. It's a gold mine of stories, but Koomer claims it's simply too big for one editor.
Local editors - armed with laptop, phone, camera and police scanner - are set loose in their communities and seem to be doing most of the work, although they are allowed to use some freelancers.
This might flop. But it might also prove to be the only source for news in smaller communities, which are increasingly being ignored by or newspapers.
AOl plans to be in over 500 communities by the end of the year.