Terry Date is missed, as is current local news

I'm not sure what the new owners of the Swampscott Patch are thinking, but there's little to no reason left to look at the Swampscott Patch. The previous owners had a great editor in Terry Date, and he is sorely missed. 
Meredith Knight February 03, 2014 at 09:59 PM
Terry Date is gone! I did not know this! Why? He was a gem.....a gem who spread the word! Meredith Knight
Whisky February 03, 2014 at 10:05 PM
WhySwampscott February 04, 2014 at 04:57 AM
Terry was laid off along with hundred of other Patch employees. This is a big loss for Swampscott. Terry and Patch came to town just as George Derringer was retiring from the Reporter. Without George, the Reporter slipped BADLY and created a vacuum of news to be filled. Terry and Patch stepped in and became an quick hit and a go to place for news. Now, without Terry, Patch has become far less local already (notice the number of 'general interest' stories written by some far off editor?) Patch will no longer be the go to place for timely and local news. The Reporter doesn't fill that role either (they are still stuck being a primarily paper news source -- their web site sux and is far from timely. And THEIR Swampscott focused editor, Katrina Powell, has also recently left) Swampscott, AGAIN, gets the dirty end of the stick and are worse off for it!!!
Jim O February 04, 2014 at 07:54 AM
Does the daily Item provide any regular coverage of Swampscott news?
Amy Lockerbie Smith February 04, 2014 at 08:46 AM
You will not find a more hard-working or dedicated editor than Terry Date. What a mistake letting him go!
Myron S. Stone February 04, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Andrea Liftman February 04, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Terry did such a wonderful job covering all of Swampscott's news. He was everywhere. I agree that the news has already changed to less news about Swampscott. What a shame. Bring Terry back. He is sorely missed.
Citizen Swamp February 05, 2014 at 05:36 AM
Terry is let go and the lead story each day becomes the Police Report. The Patch is toast. Too bad it was a good concept. CS
Laura Smith February 05, 2014 at 07:48 AM
Terry is the real deal! A quality journalist, ever-present photog, tireless chronicler of small-town life.
Clarence "Screaming Buffalo" Swamptown February 05, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Hmmm someone that is more computer savvy than I should just pick up where the patch left off. Create a Swampscott news website. They could generate revenue with local ads on it. If I knew Terry was the Editor, I'd check it every day. Maybe someone that knows Terry could plant the seed of this idea in his mind.
Fred Hammer February 06, 2014 at 10:36 AM
he was terrible never got the facts he was always missing the important piece.
Buzz February 06, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Just saw this comment after I mentioned to my wife how the site was ridiculously quiet (useless) for news the past few days. Shame, guess I'll delete my patch bookmark. Best of luck to Terry in his future endeavors.
Louis Massei February 07, 2014 at 08:10 AM
Terry did all the jobs of a fully functioning print paper. He did them well like a chicken with its head cut off covering not only our town! Its ad revenue clicks and the lack of sales that was their demise. I am sure AOL has metrics on what people clicked and its broken down. We live in the age information but someone has to pay for it. The free ride is over. I would not be surprised if The Patch was to start charging to read articles. Just like the old days of reading and holding a newspaper.
Karen Reinhardt February 09, 2014 at 11:19 PM
Terry Date remains noticeably absent from the Swampscott Patch. The Swampscott Batch has become entirely worthless since Terry was laid off by the owners of the Patch. Who in their right mind would advertise in the Swampscott Patch? What useful purpose does the Swampscott Patch now serve? There's nothing of value to read.
Sandy Moltz February 10, 2014 at 05:15 PM
How can being laid off be the right reward for doing a great job? Terry will definitely be missed!
Boots February 14, 2014 at 06:59 AM
The big question is where do you go for up to the minute news or find out what is going on in all areas of town...schools, town hall, etc. Terry was available to show up at many meetings and get things posted in a news article right away. Now if you advertise anything in the boards section or the blogs, it gets lost right away because of all the other non-Swampscott postings.
Myron S. Stone February 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM
I used to look forward to Swampscott Patch each morning, but since Terry is gone there is nothing of value to read. Who really needs to know how many homes are being foreclosed! Myron Stone
Andrea Liftman February 16, 2014 at 01:36 PM
I agree. There's nothing to read. Swampscott news is barely covered. All of the concentration is on the police reports. and real estate. Surely something more important must be happening in Swampscott.
Elise Scanlan February 16, 2014 at 02:58 PM
I posted the comments below on other articles but they bear repeating: "Huge loss for the community...we'll miss you Terry!" and "...Fred Hammer, I beg to differ with your opinion about Terry. I had the opportunity to work with Terry on several articles/posts in the past and, not only was he always spot on with his messaging, but often added another angle that nobody else had considered." So sad!


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