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Thanks and Goodbye: A Letter From the Editor of Wentzville Patch

After three years at the helm, Patch local editor Tamara Duncan says goodbye.

Neighbors,

I wanted to use this space to say goodbye.

It’s been almost three years to the day since I was offered a position as the local editor for Lake Saint Louis Patch. 

That offer came along at a time in my life when I was ready for a challenge, ready to meet new people and learn new skills. Patch was a wonderful concept—solid, responsible, community reporting on a platform that encouraged conversation and interaction, and I was excited to be part of this grand experiment in online journalism. 

A year later, we rolled Lake Saint Louis Patch into Wentzville Patch and I became editor here. A few months ago, I also took on editor duties at O’Fallon Patch.

It’s meant a lot of long hours. Dropping everything to cover breaking news. Being at city hall until almost midnight (and after midnight a couple of times). Covering local events on my weekends off.  Answering the question “So what IS the Patch?” more times than I can count.

But looking back, I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.

Over the years, I met some AMAZING people and I'm proud of what I accomplished. We told stories that would never have been told without Patch and gave the community a voice so that people could not only share information, but also their experience, their knowledge and their opinions. 

Patch is restructuring and will no longer be staffing the St. Louis-area sites. As of Oct. 15, all the local editors will be laid off.

The Patch websites will stay live for now. Newsletters will still go out, and you’ll still see new content posted from Patch headquarters. You can still post your blogs, announcements and events.

I'll miss my colleagues at Patch more than I can say. You couldn't find a better group of hard-working, dedicated journalists. It's sad to see such a great team scattered to the wind, but I know they'll all grow and bloom wherever that wind takes them.

I won't be looking as far afield as some of them—this is my home, and I have deep roots here. So “goodbye” doesn’t feel like the right thing to say after all.

How about “See you around?”

Tammy

Trish Carpenter October 13, 2013 at 12:46 PM
I will miss blogging with you. I will see you around town
Billy Beaver October 13, 2013 at 10:59 PM
This fills me with sadness.
Forrest S. Gossett October 14, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Tammy - The state of the news business is truly still perplexing. The Patch was a concept with great hopes that micro journalism would provide a business model to ensure that local communities receive coverage. This is so sad because we now lack regular, dedicated Fourth Estate coverage of issues in our part of the world. Although uncomfortable at times, a strong press is necessary to hold government accountable to the people whom we should be covering. Save occasional parachuting in on particular issues, there is not a regular press presence for one of the fastest growing cities in the state - Wentzville - as the Post Dispatch has all but pulled the plug on coverage of western St. Charles County. I understand why this is happening. Business leaders cannot justify continuing a business model that produces little or no profit. Here is the hope that someone figures how to provide that needed coverage, while crafting a profitable business. Tammy, you did a good job of covering our community, even when I did not agree with your approach. Your heart is in the right place, and you were always at events, camera in hand, to provide coverage. Moreover, you were a fixture at government meetings. I wish you well as you craft a new future for your career. Regards Forrest Gossett
Myra Lopez October 14, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Tammy, good luck with your future endeavors. You did a great job.
Tracie Noel October 15, 2013 at 09:02 AM
Tammy, I am so sorry to hear this! I know how dedicated you have been and how hard you've worked, and our community is the better for it. You should be extremely proud of all you have done to grow this media from "What's the Patch?" to "Oh, I saw it in the Patch." I hope Patch does not disappear altogether, though how it will continue to operate without a local person's hand on the helm is hard to understand. Many of us have grown to depend on it so this is really a blow... I wish you ALL the best in your future endeavors, and send a virtual hug to you on what I know has to be a sad day. You and your team have done a WONDERFUL job!

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