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New Year Brings New Changes to Warminster Patch

After two years at the helm of Warminster Patch, Local Editor James Boyle hands over the reins to a trusted colleague as he moves to a new position in Patch.

One of my first jobs out of college was writing local arts and entertainment news for Packet Publications, a newspaper company based in Central New Jersey. It was a terrific job for a first time reporter, and gave me lots of writing and reporting experience and I enjoyed meeting all kinds of people during my five years there.

However, I never had the feeling that I was making any kind of impact with my stories. I wrote the articles, sent them away for print, and never really thought about them again or had any kind of feedback from the public. They just disappeared into the ether, and I moved on to the next assignment.

It was not until I started working as the local editor for Warminster Patch that I began to enjoy the feeling that I was providing a valuable service for my community. It started slowly in December 2010, as I went about the township introducing myself and letting people know about this great new site for local information.

As the months went on, the need to explain the site diminished, as more people recognized who I was and were grateful for the work I have done. It was undeniable that I made an impact, and it only encouraged me to maintain that trust and work harder to inform my readers. I take that responsibility with me as I move on to a new role with Patch.com.

This message is a goodbye, but not really. No, I will not be the local editor for Warminster Patch anymore. However, I will remain a presence in Warminster and the other sites in Bucks County, and Hatboro-Horsham, Upper Moreland and Lower Moreland as I take on the position of Community Editor. I will be looking for more engagement opportunities with readers throughout the region, not just Warminster. I will be recruiting bloggers, covering more county-wide stories and performing more community outreach activities to help readers get the most out of the Patch experience.

As I move on, Warminster Patch will now be left in the talented and dedicated hands of Jennifer Mohan. She will be responsible for this and the Upper Southampton Patch, providing full coverage of the Centennial School District and the townships' neighborhoods. Any questions or news leads can be sent to her at jennifer.mohan@patch.com.

Patti H January 02, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Congratulations to you both.
Mary Alice Brancato January 02, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Thank you so much for all the good work you've done over the years and for keeping us updated on what is happening in our area! Good luck to you in your new adventure!
Jane Lynch January 02, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Jim Congratulations on your new position. Thank You for all your great coverage on the Patch. Will miss seeing you at meetings. The very best!!
Mary McAnally January 02, 2013 at 03:47 PM
James, good luck to you! Thanks for all your help getting out info to our Warminster community. With your help, the Patch had been very helpful to me during the last year for both personnel news, and my business. Thanks again, and Happy New Year!
Heather Sliwinski January 02, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Good luck Jim! Thank you for all of your hard work!!
Pete Krenshaw January 02, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Jim, I appreciate your unbiased reporting and while you leave large shoes to fill, I am sure Jennifer Mohan is up to the task. Good luck with your new position!
Ed Calhoun Jr January 02, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Thank you for your reporting I found your work very interesting and I know you made a impact on Warminster Township good luck with your new job
Michelle Hazlett January 03, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Congrats on your promotion! You did an outstanding job at keeping us informed as to all school news and happenings. You let the parents and community vent their frustrations on your site and you didn't judge anyone for doing so. Best of luck to you!

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