Leslie Yager, who edited Patch sites in Norwalk and Wilton, CT prior to being laid off in January, met the head of Patch only once.
Now that she has started her own hyper-local site in the Connecticut town where Armstrong lives, she has this to say about her ex-boss and fellow Greenwich resident, via a Q&A with Street Fight Magazine:
“I learned so much from the Patch job and enjoyed it. I met Tim Armstrong once, back when I was in charge of recruiting bloggers for user-generated-content. He was affable and I left the meeting feeling appreciated.”
“If he has taken a peek at my site, I hope he knows it’s modeled on his original vision: Nimble, in-the-moment coverage by reporters who live in the town where they report news.”
Although Yager’s Web traffic numbers are modest, they are growing and about to surpass those of the local Patch site. She also has a number of hungry young interns.
Yager mentions several times in the interview with Tom Grubisich that she is often the only reporter covering local events, and that an advantage vs. what’s left of Patch is that the editors there must oversee many different sites. She is also competing locally with a Hearst daily.