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This week we re-launch our Sunday Conversation Podcast with a one-of-a-kind interview. Abe Brewster has been with Patch and Patch Labs for a number of years, and this week we caught up with him to talk about the Patch Labs platform, and how revolutionary it can be for the news business. Why are newspapers and small organizations closing? Well, there are a lot of reasons – as documented here, here, here, here, and here.
While a lot of people focus their attention on news business models that could work in the future, Brewster says Patch Labs has focused on empowering local/community based journalists. For all of the talk we hear about the death of local news, and how often massive corporations are blamed — the solution appears obvious: Give journalists who are invested in the community they serve, the tools to get it done. Learn more about what they’re doing by visiting labs.patch.com.