Brophy fired from Fairfield Patch

We have confirmed from various sources that America Online’s Fairfield Patch has fired Editor Andrew Brophy via e-mail Thursday night.  We did briefly speak to Brophy , he confirmed his termination but he would not elaborate or go into detail.  A few of our sources who did not want to be identified told me it was a conflict over content and that Brophy felt the Patch was getting too generic,

American Online’s  Patch site has changed quite a few times over the year.  Initially they were emphasizing online “hyper local” news specific to each town.  A year ago the regional editor directed Patch editors to have at least 2 videos on the site and to emphasize breaking news.   All this came to a halt after AOL purchased The Huffington Post for $315 million, apparently tying up much of the AOL’s cash flow.    Today the Patch’s intro is: “Hi there, we’re Patch, your source for local knowledge you can’t live without.”    In an internal memo titled “Platform for Growth” acquired by the website All Things D (click here to see the memo) shows big changes in store for the Patch, Huffington Post and AOL.

We did contact Michael Dinan, a regional manager now the temporary editor for the Fairfield Patch to confirm or elaborate on Brophy’s termination and he said “We can’t comment on personnel matters”.   Andrew Brophy has been a reporter at the Connecticut Post, Fairfield Minuteman and the Norwalk Hour.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in  Journalism from Ohio University.  All of the sources agreed that Brophy is a talented writer and will quickly land on his feet.  We wish him well.

By Stephen Krauchick

DoingItLocal is run by Steve Krauchick. Steve has always had interest with breaking news even as an early teen, opting to listen to the Watergate hearings instead of top 40 on the radio. His interest in news spread to become the communities breaking news leader in Connecticut’s Fairfield County. He strongly believes that the public has right to know what is happening in their backyard and that government needs to be transparent. Steve also likes promoting local businesses.

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