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Monrovia Patch News Website Loses Its Editor

Along with hundreds of other editorial personnel at the Patch family of news websites, Melanie Johnson, who has been covering Monrovia for Monrovia Patch, has been laid off. In a "Thanks and Goodbye!" letter on the site, she thanks the community and writes: "I am posting to let you know that Patch was recently purchased by a company who has decided to do some restructuring. As a result, the local editor positions have been eliminated, including mine."

Comment: I regret this. I never believed in the Patch business model, but I've always appreciated the bold experiment in local journalism, and Patch always kept me on my toes. I felt good when I beat Patch and bad when Patch beat me. It was exciting. Best wishes, Melanie!

- Brad Haugaard

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