I found PIP to be the most disturbing part of the post. Jim Romensko published the replies of Janine Iamunno, head of Patch communications and Patch editor-in-chief Brian Farnham as well. Their references to their answers follow this post of course as well.
Jim Romenesko :: A Patch insider tells Jim Romenesko readers that the AOL-owned hyperlocal news sites plan to cut staff and freelance budgets and start producing “easy, quick-hitting, cookie-cutter copy.” Examples: Best Ofs, and features like “What’s happening to this vacant storefront?” I’m told that this is in the works: Every Patch employee given a rating of “Developing” on the recent 2011 Employee Annual Review will likely be placed on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) that begins a 30-day countdown to either improve or lose your job.
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