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Want to understand how to submit news tips or share an area event/classified on Patch Bloomfield? It’s easier than you think!

At Patch, we think that local news and information have the power to unite a community. 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 local level.

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

More of a “take charge” personality? Can’t wait to get a tip online?
In the Neighbor Posts section, it is possible to ask a question, share a news tip, recommend something to your neighbors or take up a local discussion. (You can also write a more traditional press release, column, letter to the editor or obituary by means of an article.)
On the Events calendar, you can add 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 sign up to start posting.
You need to post a:
Question about your community
News tip about something going on in the neighborhood
Recommendation for a local business or service
Opinion in regards to a local issue

Photo you took around
Other quick local updates

Post a Neighbor Post

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

Once 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 the community or in an email sent to local readers.

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

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

(Are you an area official? Make sure to apply for a local official badge, so 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 perform one additional verification part of order to post a news release, column, op-ed, letter to the editor or obituary by means of an article.

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

Patch also welcomes vetted contributors interested in sharing their expertise and reporting on their 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 need 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 good way to boost attendance and let neighbors know about fun stuff happening near them. If finished . you’re posting about includes a date and time, it will always be posted as an event.

Once posted, your event can look in the primary 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 may also pay to market it as “Featured” over the region for $1 each day per community. (Plus, your money will help support more local journalism in the communities you value!)
Classifieds

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

Post a Classified

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

Once posted, your classified will appear in the primary 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 within your post to email you directly about your offer.

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

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

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