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Dublin Patch Launches with Support from Local Writers and Students

September 23, 2010

Dublin Patch ( is part of the family of local online newspapers. was purchased by AOL for $7 million in 2009 as a “hyperlocal” news initiative filling the void created by the failure of local newspapers (or the lack of any local options) in small and medium cities.  AOL plans to invest $5o million in to rollout online newspapers to hundreds of communities across the US. welcomes the arrival of Dublin Patch to fill an unmet need for objective, unbiased Dublin news. 

Dublin Patch Website Home Page

Dublin Patch launched on September 15 (but was in the works for several weeks prior to the public launch), joining other local Patch sites (including Pleasanton Patch, Danville Patch and more).  Dublin Patch editor Erika Conner enlisted a small army of local residents to write for the online newspaper (consistent with the hyperlocal focus), while getting to know Dublin and the community.  Ms. Conner has over 10 years of journalism experience and grew up in the East Bay before heading to the east coast for college.  Dublin Patch also provides an online resource for event listings, classified ads, business listings and local advertising.  In addition to the Dublin Patch website there is also a Facebook page and Twitter feed.  If you are interested in writing for Dublin Patch, contact Erika Conner at

In just over a week since launch, Dublin residents and students have already published multiple articles for Dublin Patch covering education issues (as well as numerous articles covering local restaurants, events and other Dublin-centric news stories): 

Dublin Patch has also been actively following the controversial Green / Kolb / Fallon grade re-configuration issue first reported by (read the latest on Dublin Patch). 

AOL also recently announced a new partnership between Patch and leading journalism schools, colleges and universities to create PatchU.  The initial partnering institutions include: 


  • Hofstra University School of Communication (founding partner)
  • The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism
  • University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism
  • Missouri School of Journalism
  • University of Connecticut Department of Journalism
  • Indiana University School of Journalism
  • Stanford University Graduate Program in Journalism
  • Columbia College Chicago Journalism Department
  • University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
  • University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
  • Seton Hall Department of Communication and The Arts
  • Quinnipiac University Department of Journalism
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