Meet the New Phoenixville Patch Editor

Hi, I'm the new Patch guy and I want to hear from you.


You may have noticed a new photo and a new name at the top of the Phoenixville Patch home page this week. I wanted to take a moment to say hi and introduce myself.

My name is Bob Byrne and I'm the new Local Editor for the Phoenixville and West Chester Patch sites. Before this assignment I've been a Patch Editor in the region for the past two years. I am the "founding" editor (a fancy way of saying I launched) the Tredyffrin-Easttown Patch in May 2011. While being a neighbor is great, it's not much different than living across a town or park from someone.  I have been aware of Phoenixville happenings but now I'm immersing myself in them.

No matter what Patch I am privileged to edit, one thing is critical to me. That is getting to know the people in our Patch communities. Patch is all about community and Phoenixville has certainly welcomed Patch since we launched here. Tom Sunnergren, and Phoenixville Patch's Founding Editor Lynn Jusinski are tough acts to follow, but I am hoping you will partner with me to make Patch an even more integral part of the Phoenixville community.

I've already had the pleasure of meeting small business owners on Main Street, community leaders on Bridge Street, and great people all over town.

Chances are that after only a week I haven't a chance to meet you yet. Consider this your invitation to let me know what stories you think we should be covering on Phoenixville Patch.  Please also consider this your invitation to post photos, stories, triumphs and concerns.

While it's my face and name you see at the top of the homepage, there is a local, regional and national team of Patch editorial and sales people here with me. One of them is a Nate Adams. Nate is the Community Manager for Phoenixville Patch. If you send an email about how to use the site, or looking for help in posting something or if you see something on the Phoenixville Patch Facebook or Twitter site you will see some of Nate's amazing work. (He's also an Assistant Regional Editor. Thanks make him one of my immediate bosses. Did I mention that Nate's a super great guy)?

You can post an announcement about an accomplishment, team, business, church or civic organization. Tell us about your kid, your kid's school or your opinion on the schools and government.

Patch is a platform and we while we do cover hard news (I came to Patch with three decades of news reporting experience) we -and I think this is even more important-are a resource for you to connect with everyone else in Phoenixville.

Here are the links you need to start your own conversation:

To tell tell everyone about an accomplishment or post your own news story about something important to you, click on this link.

To post information about an upcoming event click on this link.

To share an opinion you can start a blog by clicking on this link.

You can also use the comments section at the bottom of this article to tell me what you would like to see on Phoenixville Patch.

You can also click on "send us a news tip" located near the bottom of the homepage under "Contribute."

I look forward to getting to know you and thanks for using Patch!

You can reach me and everyone of the Phoenixville Patch editorial at Phoenixville@Patch.com.

-Bob the Editor

Pattye Benson May 05, 2013 at 12:29 PM
The folks of Phoenixville are lucky to have Bob Byrne as their Patch editor! As a Tredyffrin resident, we were fortunate to have Bob as the founder of TE Patch and he did a remarkable job! Bob cares about the community but more importantly takes the time to know the 'story behind the story' (which is often more interesting!) Best wishes on the new job Bob but we miss you in Tredyffrin! Pattye Benson Community Matters: Your Voice Matters ... Join the Conversation! www.pattyebenson.org
Lynette Gray May 05, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Please focus less on drunks getting arrested and more on our local business owners. And we have an election in 2 weeks, yet there has been little, if any mention of the candidates. Those are topics I'd like to see covered. And maybe a "Know your neighbor"-like weekly feature.
Joan Seeley May 05, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Joan please continue the home sales for the month. Best wishes!
David Curran May 05, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Ease up on the health reports, it never seemed fair how establishments were chosen.
Chuck May 05, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Hi Bob, Welcome! I must tell you I'd basically given up on the patch. It has devolved into a rehash of police reports and not a very good one at that. Please bring back community reporting. Lynn was terrific at this and, as a 30 year veteran, you KNOW how to do this type of reporting. Phoenixville is hungry for more local news and folks will seek out the Patch if you prove yourself to them. Good luck and I'll start reading the Patch again. Chuck
Claire May 06, 2013 at 01:23 AM
As a business owner in Paoli (and a resident of Phoenixville), it was great to get to know Bob when he was in TE. Phoenixville Patch is lucky to have him. Bob takes a genuine interest in local business, community events and the individuals that are making things happen in the area. When he says that he wants to hear what your interests are, he really means it. There's a lot more going on in Phoenixville than the police reports would suggest, and while I don't expect police coverage to go away completely, I am sure that there will be a much more balanced mix than we've seen in the recent past. Welcome Bob!
Cliff Story May 06, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Welcome aboard, Bob! Hope you enjoy getting to know Phoenixville. There's lots of great stuff here - creativity, optimism, great people - and, of course, a few naysayers. It's a lively mix, but it's fun.
Area Patch Reader May 06, 2013 at 04:56 PM
We need less "who is the best Mom, Dog, Cat, etc..." stories and some actual real reporting. Who covers the local council meetings? What is really going on downtown? I know this is a free site and you need to generate hits for ad revenue and stuff like goof ball criminals and "best mom" stories get hits but at least try to mix in a few real NEWS stories once in a while. PS - Your "blogs" or editorals should NOT be ads for services. Most of your "blogs" aren't people sharing ideas but instead some real estate agent or local business person trying to get free ad space. Ban this practice. If they want to pay for an ad, fine but don't allow people to make up some half baked "blog" that is basically just a sales pitch. It's annoying and unprofessional. Have a nice day and good luck in your new position.
Michael Hill May 06, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Council meets are a must. Committee meetings. Now and then. Maybe articles about historic Phoenixville. Less contests (I know the Patch sponsors these on a global level so not much of a chance). We really need a article on the candidates for the primary. Nothing has been published.
harry finster May 06, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Amen APR.
Ed Naratil May 06, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Welcome. I had given up on the Patch after Lynn left. Guess I'll have to return for a while. Hope you can get back to reporting Phoenixville happenings such as Borough Council meetings. Lynn always gave a good recap. I didn't have to spend 3 hours in front of a tv to see what happened. Her police reporting was excellent. And, what else can I say. She was a 5-star reporter.
harry finster May 06, 2013 at 10:45 PM
i hope you dont try to white wash a dirty little town
Working for Oaks May 07, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Welcome, Bob! The Phoenixville Patch's coverage area includes big parts of Upper Providence Township, including Mont Clare, Port Providence, and Oaks, but it hasn't covered a township meeting since Lynn left 18 months ago. Here in Oaks, PennDOT and a developer will soon gut the heart of the village on Egypt Road -- when they're done, your readers won't recognize it -- but the Patch hasn't covered it. Gil Zimmerman wrote a Patch blog post about this recently (link below). Thanks and good luck, Bob. http://phoenixville.patch.com/blog_posts/the-changing-face-of-oaksand-who-cares
Wendy May 07, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Where's Dr. Meyer's weekly post?
Ed Roper May 07, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Bob, you can start by banning this guy. He's not from Phoenixville, actually he's lived in California since the 70's, and now has some sick perverted obsession with the area. Unfortunately he's not getting he mental health help he needs, and all he does is stalk the comments section.
Bud Horenci May 07, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Welcome Bob. The only way for Phoenixville Patch to go is up. The previous editor was inexcusably absent from the his role and on occasion when on the job, pretty much incompetent. Sorry if that hurts but it is very true. Prior to him however, Lynn was outstanding. Looking forward to any improvement.
Area Patch Reader May 07, 2013 at 06:25 PM
That is a "blog" and the editor has nothing to do with when and if that guy decides to post a blog on any given week. - While I disagree with the religious nonsense, at least he is trying to share some ideas and clearly has at least one "fan" with his blog instead of tryng to get some free advertising for his/her real estate, chiropractor, etc... business pretending to be a blog. There is one lady who post here multiple times a week with a fake blog that always ends with "now is the time to buy" with her name and business number (and a picture that is at least 10 years old). Yuck. I really wish the patch would ban those sorts of blogs.
Area Patch Reader May 07, 2013 at 06:26 PM
So, Bob, will the patch be covering the up coming local elections or will we continue to only get "who has the best Mom" columns?
harry finster May 07, 2013 at 08:18 PM
his real name is Fred Bretz https://www.facebook.com/fred.bretz.7?ref=ts&fref=ts and it would be great if we could get rid of this bozo and his commentary.
harry finster May 07, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Oh APR, I'm sure we'll just get more of the "Best Mom, Best Dad, Cutest Couple, Cutest Dog, Brattiest Kid, etc. It's all about getting hits and "click throughs" on their website to drive advertising sales.
harry finster May 08, 2013 at 03:04 AM
@ ed r don't be so small town, there is a big world out there where people don't get upset if their little misconseptions are upset,i met a woman named elma garcia ,when i spoke with her she said "i am a world class photographer" she didnt seem to concerned about small time things
Area Patch Reader May 08, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Sad that the new editor has refused to answer many of these basic questions after asking for feedback through this "Meet the new editor" article. My feeling is met the new boss, same as the old boss.
DuffDog May 08, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Welcome Bob! I'd like to see Patch's integrity and value to the community bumped up a notch. Here are my suggestions: 1) Monitor/manage the comments submissions more closely. Juvenile comments posted by about five clowns are turning off the Patch readers. It won't take long to spot these folks. I know Patch doesn't ban anonymous trolling (a policy increasingly used at other sites to fix the problem), but I do think Patch has some standards for posts that have not been enforced in Phoenixville. 2) Less regurgitation of police reports. Every neighborhood has petty crime -- it doesn't need to be the lead, often lurid, story every day. It reduces site traffic from quality readers, (and increases traffic from Harry Finster.) 3) Less regurgitation of health inspections. See #2 above. 4) More reporting on business/restaurant/arts activity. Example: there's a new diner/tavern in the works at Bull Tavern -- Schuylkill Township, Phoenixville ZIP. I drive by every day and the signs have been up for weeks. I can't believe Patch hasn't reported on this yet. New jobs. A new owner turning around a historic old tavern that had been failing for years. I'd like to know more about it, and I'm sure there are other examples new places to try out... investments in the community that local readers want to hear about. The last editor waited for a press release...I hope you don't! Good luck! I'm on Patch's email list...looking forward to clicking over and seeing your work!
DuffDog May 08, 2013 at 02:28 PM
I wouldn't expect the editor to respond in the comments section. No editor does that. To be fair, can you imagine what a time-suck it would be to keep up with all these comments and respond? He'd never get any work done...
harry finster May 08, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Fred, your Emma is starting to look a wee bit like a man.


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