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Patch Detroit Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway

Your ideas to improve Patch could get you free tickets to a Feb. 20 or Feb. 21 performance of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2010, Patch has provided a news and information site to this community. Over three years, we added local voices blogs, community bulletin boards and a mobile app. The volume and focus of the news has changed, too, as we've tried to find the mix that works as part of a sustainable local news business here.

Wholly owned by Aol since 2009, Patch was acquired by Hale Global on Jan. 29 and spun out into a private company. My teammates and I are looking forward to a period of intense reinvention at Patch, and we'd like to invite you to contribute your ideas to build a better Patch. What you see today is not the finish line for us.

The first 50 people to offer thoughtful suggestions for ways to improve your local Patch and the overall Patch experience will receive a pair of tickets to a Detroit Symphony Orchestra Neighborhood Concert Series performance in Southfield and Dearborn.

World-renowned conductor Hans Graf to lead the performances of Divine Dvorák, including Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 and Webern’s In Sommerwind. Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid will perform Korngold’s Violin Concerto. Performances will take place on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield; and Friday, Feb. 21, at 10:45 a.m. at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.

Our Michigan sites remain open to local bloggers and contributors to share news, events and information. Our community boards are open for announcements, business updates and offers to buy, sell or trade your belongings. We've taken a pause on news coverage, however, as we retool our service to find a better way to offer sustainable grassroots community journalism.

This is where you come in. This is your site, your community. Please share with us, through this online form, your suggestions for ways to improve the website and involve the community in telling the stories that need to be told. All submissions will remain confidential.

The first 50 submissions for each show will be notified via email that a pair of tickets to one of the DSO performances will be set aside at the will-call booth.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE PATCH FEEDBACK FORM 

Thank you,
 
Dennis Robaugh
associate editorial director
Patch 
Sue schowalter February 19, 2014 at 07:23 AM
I look forward to reading the patch,I read mainly the headlines as I have tried to us the business listings but find them outdated. Example in the shopping section when I checked this morning 5 business in the first 2 pages are out of business and have been for quite some time Thanks
Bryce February 19, 2014 at 09:10 AM
What made Patch special was true local news combined with a social media opportunity. Now, without the local news content, there is also no social interaction. I understand economics may not support an editor for each local area, but could it be feasible by combining neighboring communities (Farmington, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Novi, Livonia for example) and assign an editor, or blogger even, to provide that much needed, and desired, local coverage?
Dennis Robaugh (Editor) February 19, 2014 at 12:02 PM
That's an interesting idea, Bryce, to cover those communities as a group. How would others feel about that? It's try, the economics of the local news business make all of these decisions difficult. Some regions can support the Patch model as it previously existed, but many could not. That's why we need to find a new way forward.
B. Dub February 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM
If you read all the comments from the "Trending" stories, half of them it seems are complaining about the lack of local news. Yes, it doesn't take much to filter through what's local and what's not. Unfortunately, it seems there isn't much at all that's local. So combining the communities that surround Detroit or whatever might help in at least giving us some more relevant stories. I live in Dearborn, but I work in Plymouth, my wife works in Farmington Hills, and we have lots of friends all over. So even the broader "local" spectrum would be more relevant an interesting than what we're getting now.
bmpurdy February 20, 2014 at 08:26 AM
I rely on Patch for the local news, events, and plans for the community. However, the main goal for Patch is not providing local news but rather profit generation. Is there a way to tie in useful local services and advertising that could still be useful to local users, but also provide a profit to Patch? For example, I find the local business reviews on Yelp extremely helpful and will drive me to different places. It would be nice to see a section showing the latest local reviews direct from Yelp. It doesnt seem Patch has the resources to be everywhere and do everything, so utilizing partnerships with existing successful community focused services (Yelp, Uber, etc.) would be powerful.
Rock-Q February 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM
My suggestion: Why not partner with local high schools and colleges that have journalism programs and pay student interns modest rates as stringers, reporters, photographers, editors, cartoonists, web designers, and indeed, marketing/advertising staff to develop The Patch as an exercise in citizen journalism. An awards ceremony could be held to select the best stories, photos, comics and editorials and scholarships could be awarded to top students. You would still need a managing editor to oversee all this activity and to schedule judging and determine awards but it would be a great way to prepare students by combining practical education with business. P.S. I think the ads for escort services from Delhi and Russia are tacky, c'mon this is supposed to be our community
Hartland Dad February 21, 2014 at 07:12 PM
Try a franchise system, so you can get boots on the ground locally both for ad and editorial who then take some risk but also share in a reward if successful.

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