I'm not sure. The concept of an on-line local news format has its pros and cons. The immediacy of breaking news alerts and daily digest of local stories - all very relevant. However, I find myself ignoring most of it unless the topic is intriguing. Police blotters and popular surveys are wasted items for me. More interesting is how news is reported. Where are the biases? What information should be indulged? The recent suicide of an Albany teacher - did Albany Patch play a role in that?
The other issue is the corporate Patch, the big-wigs in New York who only see local patches as a framework for corporate success. The recent editor was asked to also handle Berkeley Patch, so long Albany. Emilie has left now for a better opportunity. Now we have someone new. Will she produce what is best about news- good reporting and riveting ideas? Or will the Patch become less, an afterthought to Berkeley? I don't know.