AOL is looking to professionalize its hyperlocal blog network Patch by partnering with journalism schools at universities and colleges on local online newspapers and training programs.
The program is called PatchU and it has 13 initial school partners. The effort is part of AOL’s wider goal of expanding the Patch network by adding 400 hyperlocal sites over the next six months, bringing its total to 500, making it the largest local blog network in the country.
The PatchU program provides students internships and coursework at local Patch online outlets. More…