And other Midwest regions later this year. Don't see your state? Email us and make a pitch.

Patch is looking for journalists with a wide-ranging skill set and strong local knowledge to serve as reporter/editors in Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri and other Midwest states. We offer a chance to make a difference in the lives of people in Patch towns by telling great stories and connecting people to compelling, relevant and useful information and each other. 

Our reporter/editors engage communities in their regions through original reporting, social media interaction and thoughtful, ethical aggregation/curation practices. If the old-fashioned newspaper model is cemented in your psyche, this isn't the job for you. And a job at Patch really isn't just a job, it's a unique opportunity to help build a new, definitive, national platform for everything local.

Send a resume and links to clips/portfolio to Dennis Robaugh, Midwest Editor: dennis@patch.com; applications without writing/reporting samples will not be considered.

Role & Responsibilities

Experience, talent and good judgment are critical; we can provide instruction and skills training as necessary. (Watch the video »»» and meet our team.)

On a daily basis, our editors ...

  • identify, write and report relevant, timely, useful, interesting and fun local stories

  • aggregate local news of interest

  • write sharp, clever headlines; select photos; practice quality SEO

  • work collaboratively with colleagues and independently when necessary

  • organize their home pages and newsletters according to best practices

  • run Patch-branded social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter

  • use Google Analytics and other metrics to monitor performance and inform tactics

  • use digital tools, such as CrowdTangle and Dataminr, to keep tabs on news and local organizations

About You

The ideal candidate is passionate, resilient, curious, creative, responsible, and eager to help build a new business. You pride yourself on being open to new experiences, methods, tools and experiments. At the same time, you're grounded in core journalistic values.

Patch could be a good fit for you if ...

  • you’re passionate about community journalism

  • you love to break news

  • you’re enthusiastic, competitive and driven to produce quality work

  • you’re a great writer, capable of turning out a wickedly cutting headline on the fly

  • you’re organized and can prioritize

  • you thrive in a goal-oriented, meritocratic environment

  • you’re savvy about social media, even if you’ve never actually used Meerkat

  • you’re nimble, quick and capable of writing a breaking crime story, an inspirational local story, a local government story and an internet-winning viral story

  • you're eager to learn

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About Us

We’re in our third year as an independent company spun out of a corporate media conglomerate. We’re a lean, boot-strapped startup. A "re-startup" even, given our history. Read up on What We've Accomplished So Far (June 2016)

We’re on a mission to create a sustainable, scalable way of supporting and practicing community journalism on a nationally branded platform.

We’re growing: Traffic is up 95% to 20M unique visitors a month in the last year, due in large part to the commitment and wits of our amazing 65-person editorial team.

We’re innovating: Patch has invested in tools to help us stay on top of our communities, and we’re remaking our company and our platform in real time.

And we're being noticed: Recent good news about the Patch team.