AOL has announced plans to extend its Patch local news service to some 500 sites by the end of the year.
The company expects to hire around 500 local reporters, making it the largest recruiter of journalists this year.
AOL acquired Patch in June 2009 with the intention of launching a network of local news sites as part of its ongoing transition to become a web content provider.
The company recently launched its 100th site, which focuses on local news for the Morristown, New Jersey area.
"We began with just three Patch communities in February 2009, and have since made incredible progress in our core mission of providing comprehensive information and trusted, professional news coverage to towns and communities," said Patch Media president Warren Webster.
"We believe Patch is a revolutionary and efficient approach to producing relevant, quality local journalism at scale, and we couldn't be more excited about expanding into hundreds of new communities across America this year."
The news follows the sale of fellow internet pioneer Lycos to web marketing specialist Ybrant Networks. The reported $36m (£23m) deal is a far cry from the $12.5bn (£8bn) Lycos fetched at its peak in 2000.
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