By Kevin Chappell

You won’t believe it, but I was able to catch up with my wife the other day. As I mentioned in a previous post, she is the editor for AOL’s Crofton, Md., website. Got a chance to ask her a few questions about her new position. First, a little background. Being the editor of a hyperlocal site like Patch is a 24-hour-a-day endeavor. She is responsible for covering everything and anything that happens in Crofton. From school board meetings to the first snow, if it happens in Crofton, she’s there.

In many ways, if you love journalism, nothing could be better. But the question I have is: Can you get too much of a good thing? Here’s our give-and-take (by the way, I haven’t seen her since this interview):

What makes Patch different?

Patch is a highly interactive news site allowing readers to participate in and contribute to local news. One of the great things about Patch is that we are community-oriented so pretty much every story will have a local angle as we aim to fill a void left by the downsizing of local dailies and even the weekly regional newspaper.

How has Patch grown over the past year?

When I started working for about three months ago, there were only about 100 live sites across the country. Just this week, Patch announced that it now has more than 600 sites in communities nationwide. That number is expected to grow even more before the years end.

What are the common misperceptions about Patch?

We are not a blog. Patch hires full-time journalists to run each site with experience ranging from recent journalism school graduates with bachelors and masters degrees to the more veteran journalist looking for the new media, interactive experience. Each editor hires a team of around five freelance writers to help cover the community. reports and writes on news of interest to their specific community.

Here’s a recent piece that was done about Patch on CBS: