Good Bye, But Not Farewell

Effective today I will no longer be your Patch editor.

This is just a short post to let you know that effective today, I will no longer be your Local Patch Editor.

This morning myself and many of my colleagues found our positions eliminated in a restructuring move made by AOL and Hale Global.

As of right now, I do not know what will happen to the Oswego and Yorkville Patch sites that I have been in charge of. The sites should remain live so you can continue to read and comment on previous articles and blogs.

You should also still be able to post to our event calendar, blogs and boards though, if you like. 

I just want to say it has been an absolute pleasure to work with all of you and serve the Oswego and Yorkville communities over the past year. 

Thank you all for your kind words, your story ideas and for making the Patch a place to go for community news. I couldn't have done it without all of you.

I'm looking forward to the future and whatever challenges it may bring. If you happen to know of anyone hiring in the writing/editorial/communications/PR/social media field, feel free to drop my name! 

I'll still be living in Oswego so this isn't quite a good-bye.  You'll likely see me around town, on the Fox River Trail (come spring, mind you) and attending events (because Oswego has so many great ones!).

Thank you all for your support and being a reader of the Oswego and Yorkville Patch.

All the best,


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Todd Milliron January 29, 2014 at 01:01 PM
I think it is more like 3 doors, Natalie you just have to be aware and look for those opportunities. Today is a sad day for citizen journalists and local bloggers. Local Government$$$$$ = http://oswego.patch.com/groups/ka-ching-2014-kendall-county-no-bid-jobs/p/kaching-2014-kendall-county-nobid-jobs
Debbie Fozio January 29, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Natalie, first thank you so much for keeping us informed. I always knew to jump online and check the Patch if I needed local information. Second, who better than citizens to report on "our" news? What a crazy idea by "those who know better". I am sorry to see this happening to our local journalist. Best of luck in the future!
Vivian G Rabiola January 29, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Best of luck!
DomVic Fec January 29, 2014 at 03:25 PM
Total dislike!!! Thank u for always helping us out when we needed!
Tina Medlin Willson January 29, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Really bummed! Good luck!
Denise Maynard January 29, 2014 at 03:56 PM
Awe Natalie, I am so sorry. You keep your head up and move forward, the way you always do. God, has a plan for you. If you need a hug, I'm only a Target store away:)
Jane Enviere January 29, 2014 at 05:24 PM
You did a great job! Best wishes to you as you move forward!
justathought January 29, 2014 at 06:54 PM
I haventbeen posting on the Oswego Patch very long but I hope that it will continue to be available for those who have posted here still have a place to voice our opinions... Good luck to you in whatever the future brings.
Marcy January 29, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Good luck to you Natalie! Very sorry to hear this news.
Walt Hines January 29, 2014 at 08:18 PM
A bunch of corporate you know what! Natalie, you did a wonderful job and will be missed by many!! I'll keep my ears open and will pass that info along. Many blessings to you!!
Steve Roake January 29, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Seems someone with your qualifications and contacts could be an excellent real estate broker. Contact me if you have any interest. Best of luck in whatever your future holds.
Kurt Williams January 29, 2014 at 11:38 PM
This stinks! Who will bring us our local news?! No one did it better. :(
Oswego Mom January 29, 2014 at 11:55 PM
I am so sorry to hear it. :( best of luck to you!!
Dave Ruggles January 30, 2014 at 07:25 AM
Best of luck to you.
OEHS Parent January 30, 2014 at 07:52 AM
Best of luck to you.....just remeber that things always work out for the best!!
Pam Phelps January 30, 2014 at 08:02 AM
Natalie, you did a great job and I'm sorry to hear this news. I am sure that the right opportunity will come along for someone with your talents. Congratulations on a job well-done!
Jimmy Blake January 30, 2014 at 08:25 AM
It's really too bad the way things ended up. Is there any way for people to get in touch with you from here on out?
Marissa McClure Mitchell January 30, 2014 at 08:52 AM
You did a great job - thank you for your work here! God bless you in what's next!
Lisa Eloe January 30, 2014 at 09:40 AM
So sorry to hear this. Doesn't seem right - I hope the powers that be are reading these comments.
Judy Siedlecki January 30, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Thank you for all the help you've always been to me! I'm going to miss you, but hope to see you around. Losing this job only makes you more available for something even better! Can't wait to hear what that will be!
Eric Rogers January 30, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Thanks for making this site something that I and my other family members in Oswego read daily. Good luck and hope you find something that you love just as much.
John Weber January 30, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Thank you for your efforts keeping us informed and best of luck to you in all your future endeavors!
Tim Piatek January 30, 2014 at 02:08 PM
My heart is overcome with sadness. What a bunch of bologna! Thank you for your hard work. You will be missed, Natalie!
Carrie Pillsbury January 30, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Best of luck, Natalie. You were a great asset!
betsy k January 30, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Best of luck to you! You will be missed!! :-(
Nabiha Asim January 30, 2014 at 08:51 PM
Thank you Natalie for everything! Your're an awesome editor and mentor :) I'm very sad to see you go, and I want to wish you the best of the luck!
John Weber January 31, 2014 at 05:33 PM
Hey Angel (too bad you won't use your real name) - You're the type of person that illustrates what's wrong in our country today! Tell us where you work so we can come down there and tell you how bad you are! What a jerk!
John Weber January 31, 2014 at 05:51 PM
It looks like a post that was entered was filtered out due to the bad language that the infamous "Angel" used in response to my last post. Here's their edited copy from the email update I just received "What's wrong with this country is people looking the other way and sugar coating ****. Not honesty. We need more of it. Take a good look at our government. Sugar coated **** and people looking the other way. Using "Spell check" does not make someone a good news editor. " Let me say again, from someone who uses "Angel" as their alias, too bad you won't use your real name especially when you speak of honesty! I'm sure that Natalie's job here on the patch wasn't to be an investigative reporter. This venue is about keeping people informed not investigative journalism and for the record this story was about her departure. People like you are exactly the problem in our country because people like you and you're lack of civility and class who hide behind an alias pop-off without any recourse or facts! This was about saying good-bye to a young woman who tried to keep us informed not about a propaganda or agenda about how bad everything is! If you can't see the difference then keep your thoughts to yourself please!
Angel January 31, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Hilarious !!!
John Weber January 31, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Yes, you are hilarious in very sad way!


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