Novato Patch’s former editor Brent Ainsworth is set to receive a proclamation from the city of Novato at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting in recognition of his contribution to the community while at the helm of the online local news and community platform.
Ainsworth launched Patch’s Novato site in November 2010 and the proclamation is recognition for his leadership, journalistic expertise and commitment to providing timely information to the community, according to Novato city staff.
After two years as editor of one of the most successful Patch sites in the country, Ainsworth left the position in February for a job as the public information officer for the County of Marin.
The nomination for formal recognition came from avid Novato Patch reader and frequent opinion editorial contributor and commenter Tina McMillan.
McMillan said that when she heard that Ainsworth was leaving Patch, she spoke to the city about formally honoring him for his work.
“Until Brent and Patch, there really wasn’t a broad, easily accessible forum where residents could exchange ideas about local issues,” McMillan wrote in an email.
“As editor of Novato Patch, Brent went out of his way to teach people how online blogs and forums work,” McMillan said. “He didn’t take sides and he didn’t judge.”
McMillan has been a frequent commenter and op-ed contributor on Novato Patch’s coverage of controversial issues such as the state-required housing element plan for affordable housing and the construction of downtown city offices.
“I believe we have Brent to thank for the success of Patch in capturing people’s attention and mobilizing the efforts of different grassroots groups," she said.
The proclamation will be presented at the beginning of Tuesday night’s city council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Novato City Hall.
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