Are you a talented local journalist?
We are a community with a platform to make you a successful independent publisher for free.
Features at Your Fingertips
Publishing is free, and loaded with features to provide income for journalists.
Fully-functional hyperlocal news platform with no startup or tech
Collect recurring revenue from supporters and local advertisers.
The ability to manage reporters, freelancers, and commissioned
Send newsletters and alerts to your mailing list.
A local calendar, classifieds, weather, comments, and more.
Use your own branding and domain to preserve your independence, or
use ours to get started, free!
What it would look like
See a desktop and mobile view of the platform.
Who's on Patch Labs & What They Are Saying
The Saline Post
I've already seen an uptick in recurring financial support - which is what's going to keep community journalism alive.
Tran Longmoore, The Saline Post
The Sun Times News
We are a small team with limited money and resources. Jumping on board enabled us to devote our time to covering the news.
Doug Marrin, The Sun Times News
It can be scary to start your own business. This platform has allowed me to take a dream to a reality. It allows me to do what I love and do well: create content for my readers.
Rick Amburgey, Warren County Online News
Who we are and what's in it for us:
We’re a group of developers and journalists who
believe local news and reporting is critical for a
functioning democracy. We believe the best way to ensure that local journalism thrives is to give
reporters a sustainable way to earn a living by covering their communities. That’s our mission.
What’s in it for us? The platform is free to
help defray costs we charge a small transaction
processing fee of 3 - 10 percent on payments made through the platform in addition to any merchant credit
How can we afford to do this? We are funded by
Labs, an arm of hyperlocal pioneer Patch.com.
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