Oh Snap: Hyperlocal Trade Group Won’t Include Patch

At last week’s Block by Block conference, aimed at publishers of local news sites, twenty-odd hyperlocal publishers formed the Independent Local Online News Publishers Trade Group (the unofficial name, which is good, because ILONPTG is a mouthful).

The newly-formed trade group’s leader, Mike Fourcher of Center Square Journal in Chicago, told Street Fight that it will unite hyperlocal publishers “around common business interests and offer services that small publishers may not have access to on their own, such as health insurance.”

Fourcher added that while the group will serve “our type of publishers,” they don’t know exactly who that is yet—it may include local sites, small networks, and for-profit and/or non-profit ventures. What it won’t include, he said, is Patch: “They have a completely different set of needs, and we’re not interested in serving their needs.”

Hat tip to Romenesko