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Changing of the Guard at Parsippany Patch

Your favorite hyper-local news site has a new editor.

What’s the saying? Life is a journey, not a destination?

Well, so is Patch.

Let me clarify for a minute. We are a destination – the place you have come to rely on for all the local news in and around your town. But in doing so we’ve made it an awesome, unforgettable journey.

Patch has made some changes in its structure, and Parsippany Patch now has a new face and name for its editor.

That’s me, Jason Koestenblatt. I know, I know, you’re thinking “Another editor for our favorite site?!” And I understand your concern, but I promise you I’ll do my best to live up to the previous terrific coverage from Carrie, Natalie, and Kim.

You can learn more about me in my Patch bio here, and please feel free to reach out to me at jason.koestenblatt@patch.com or calling and texting 908-310-6898.

I’m looking forward to speaking with this community’s diverse and amazing residents, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Atta February 01, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Welcome. Hope you can get things back on track with reporting stories that matter in town. And can you please do something about the influx of spam-like advertising on the message board? Good luck.
LuisL February 01, 2014 at 06:05 PM
the real story.... Just two weeks ago, AOL announced that it was handing over the majority stake in Patch, its troubled local news enterprise, to Hale Global, an investment company that specializes in turning around troubled companies through technological innovation. Hale said at the time that its intention was to keep operating all of Patch’s 900 sites and that no staffing decision had been made. On Wednesday morning, the decision became evident when hundreds of Patch employees were laid off in a reorganization. Patch had roughly 450 employees before the layoffs Wednesday. In the call, remaining employees, including journalists as well as advertising sales employees and engineers, were told that all 900 Patch sites would remain open. Looks like Jason Koestenblatt will be covering alot of Patch territories.... Care of comment Jason?
Mocojoe February 01, 2014 at 07:25 PM
This place has been deader than Kelsey's nuts for many months, needed some fresh blood. Go look at the vibrant Long Valley Patch and see the work Jason has done -- probably penned five stories for every one that has been on here of late. Welcome Jason, and I think we got the top of the crop!
steve revette February 02, 2014 at 11:20 AM
I miss Natalie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jason Koestenblatt February 03, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Thanks for the comments, everyone, they're greatly appreciated! I'll try to address as much as I can here. At LuisL: There's really no comment needed, as you didn't ask a particular question, but to clarify your point, I will be covering much of Morris County – not just Parsippany. Regardless of that, though, I'm still looking to you, the readers, to let me know about topics and issues in town that a "new guy" would need to know about anyway. I want to give Parsippany the local coverage it deserves, as this vibrant, diverse town is truly a hub of news. But I'll need your tips, comments and overall knowledge of the history to help me achieve that goal. I look forward to my journey with Parsippany Patch. Feel free to drop me a line at jason.koestenblatt@patch.com anytime. Thanks!

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