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Bloomfield Patch: How To Share Events, Classifieds, News

Want to learn how exactly to submit news tips or share a local event/classified on Patch Bloomfield? It’s easier than you imagine!

At Patch, we believe that local news and information have the energy to unite a residential area. We also have confidence in giving neighbors the power to tell their own stories and help keep each other informed about what’s happening at the neighborhood level.

There are a few different ways to reach out.

News tips and pr announcements can be sent to your neighborhood Patch editor. Tips/releases for Bloomfield, NJ could be delivered to [email protected]
Including small attachments is fine, but PLEASE include all important info directly in the body of your email (so it could be easily “cut and pasted”).
Include a single, high-quality photo or image (preferred format is really a .jpg). Tell us who we ought to credit for the photo (you must own the rights or have permission to use it for a news article).
Due to high volumes of submissions, it isn’t always possible to create all releases or respond individually ? but we try our best!

More of a “take charge” personality? Can’t wait to acquire a tip online?
In the Neighbor Posts section, you can ask a question, share a news tip, recommend something to your neighbors or take up a local discussion. (You can even write a more traditional news release, column, letter to the editor or obituary in the form of an article.)
On the Events calendar, you can include your own events to the neighborhood lineup.
In the Classifieds marketplace, you can sell or hand out your old stuff; find housing, tenants or roommates; find job candidates or offer your services; and make other local business announcements.

Log in or register with start posting.
You want to post a:
Question about your community
News tip about something going on in a nearby
Recommendation for an area business or service
Opinion about a local issue
Photo you took around
Other quick local updates

Post a Neighbor Post

The Neighbor Posts section is really a online community and social platform designed to connect one to other neighbors ? and Patch reporters, local officials, nonprofits, businesses and experts in your area.

When you post in this section, your post will appear near the top of the Neighbor Posts page. If it receives enough attention and engagement, it may likewise appear on the homepage for your community or within an email sent to local readers.

You can also reply to any other posts you see on Patch, to help answer your neighbors’ questions and take part in local discussions. We encourage neighbors to come together to help one another understand their community better ? because Patch reporters can’t catch everything, also it takes a village to keep track of what’s happening on the ground.

Always remember to help keep your posts and replies local, clean, friendly and factual, in keeping with the Patch Community Guidelines. Also to make Patch an improved place for neighbors, please flag any posts or replies that don’t follow these rules.

(Are you an area official? Make sure to obtain a local official badge, therefore the community knows to trust your posts and replies.)
Articles

You need to post a:
Press release
Column or op-ed
Letter to the editor
Obituary

If you’re seeking to contribute in a more formal or traditional way, you have the choice to complete one additional verification step in order to post a press release, column, op-ed, letter to the editor or obituary by means of an article.

When you publish an article on Patch, it’ll be labeled as “Neighbor News” and will arrive in the Neighbor Posts section of your home community. If your local Patch editor sees fit, they can also choose to share it with nearby communities or include it in an email to readers.

Patch also welcomes vetted contributors interested in sharing their expertise and reporting on the communities more deeply. To apply, email [email protected] with a link to your Patch profile, a few examples of your work and a few sentences on why you’d like to contribute.
Events

You wish to post a:
Fundraiser
Yard sale
Open house
Festival or parade
Other local activities

Post an Event

Adding your event to the Patch Community Calendar is a great solution to boost attendance and let neighbors know about fun stuff happening near them. If the thing you’re posting about includes a date and time, it should always be posted being an event.

Once posted, more info will appear in the main Calendar section for your community, and sometimes in other event preview sections across Patch and in emails to readers. To boost your listing and give it extra visibility, you can even pay to market it as “Featured” over the region for $1 each day per community. (Plus, your cash will help support more local journalism in the communities you value!)
Classifieds

You intend to post about:
Lost & found pets or other items
Housing (seeking or offering)
Gigs & services (seeking or offering)
For sale items
Free stuff you intend to get rid of
Announcement about your organization or org


Post a Classified

The Classifieds section serves as a local marketplace where one can sell or hand out your stuff, search for work, find roommates or tenants and make other local business announcements.

Once posted, your classified will appear in the main Classifieds section for your community, and sometimes in other preview sections across Patch and in emails to readers. Interested parties can use a contact form that may appear inside your post to email you directly about your offer.

To boost your listing and give it extra visibility, you can also pay to promote it as “featured” across the region for $1 each day per community.

Still have questions about posting on Patch? Read more inside our FAQ section, or contact our support team anytime at [email protected]