Dixon’s News Patch
On Thursday, November 18, a ribbon-cutting event was held at the Dixon Chamber of Commerce for the new website, Dixon.patch.com. On that day, the website officially went live and was available to the public.
The primary purpose of this website is to provide information on local events and history in one convenient location. They plan to cover all events from local government happenings to Little League games and post it quickly.
This website will strive to be more than a simple news source; events, restaurant reviews, and a directory will be posted to give citizens more information about Dixon than just important events. Unlike other news sources that only mention Dixon when it’s absolutely necessary, this website will be more detailed and thorough to give citizens the information that they want.
Businesses also have the potential to benefit from this website. Local businesses can provide their information to be included on the site and restaurants will be reviewed. If this site proves to be popular, this could bring many new customers to generally unvisited restaurants and businesses.
The public is encouraged to contribute to the site by commenting on stories, sharing opinions and adding events to the community calendar. With community involvement, the site would benefit by getting information that may be unavailable to them and it also gives the public an opportunity to have their opinion heard.
What’s also impressive is the website’s desire to give back to the community. They do this through a program called “Give 5” where they cover all local events and give free advertising to local charitable organizations. They also offer their services as volunteers to local charitable services.
The website has one full-time journalist act as a reporter, editor and manager, and contributors are also used to get information and articles. You can apply to report for this website if you have significant experience as a journalist by sending them your resume in an email.
The Dixon.patch.com website is a branch of the Patch.org foundation that funds the operation of Patch news websites in communities that are underserved or need them the most. The requirements for a community to get a Patch.org website are: They must have a population between 15 and 100 thousand residents that are underserved by the media, and they have to have potential to benefit from their operations there.
This service should be a huge benefit to the citizens of Dixon. Up until now, it has been difficult to find any information about Dixon without having a local newspaper in hand. Before hearing about this site, I noticed a general lack of information on the internet about our community, and the information that was there didn’t really go into specifics. This website will help to fix this by providing a central location to find stories about the community. Articles, events, and public opinions will be available for use by everyone. With a website like this, the Dixon community has the opportunity to be more conscience of local events and information than ever before.
The link to the site is here if you want to check it out: