Patch Posting Instructions
How to reach your neighbors on Patch
At Patch, we believe that local news and information have the power to unite a community. We also believe in giving neighbors the power to tell their own stories and help keep each other informed about what’s happening at the local level.
There are a few different ways to reach out:
- In the Neighbor Posts section, you can ask a question, share a news tip, recommend something to your neighbors or start a local discussion. (You can also write a more traditional press release, column, letter to the editor or obituary in the form of an article.)
- On the Events calendar, you can add your own events to the local lineup.
- In the Classifieds marketplace, you can sell or give away your old stuff; find housing, tenants or roommates; find job candidates or offer your services; and make other local business announcements.
What to post where
You want to post a:
- Question about your community
- News tip about something going on in the neighborhood
- Recommendation for a local business or service
- Opinion about a local issue
- Photo you took in town
- Other quick local updates
The Neighbor Posts section is a community forum and social platform designed to connect you to other neighbors — as well as Patch reporters, local officials, nonprofits, businesses and experts in your area.
When you post in this section, your post will appear at 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 in 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 participate in local discussions. We encourage neighbors to come together to help each other understand their community better — because Patch reporters can’t catch everything, and it takes a village to 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. And to make Patch a better place for neighbors, please flag any other posts or replies that don't follow these rules.
(Are you a local official? Make sure to apply for a local official badge, so the community knows to trust your posts and replies.)
You want to post a:
- Press release
- Column or op-ed
- Letter to the editor
If you’re looking to contribute in a more formal or traditional way, you have the option to complete one additional verification step in order to post a press release, column, op-ed, letter to the editor or obituary in the form of an article.
When you publish an article on Patch, it will be labeled as “Neighbor News” and will show up 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 their communities more deeply. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your Patch profile, some examples of your work and a few sentences on why you’d like to contribute.
You want to post a:
- Yard sale
- Open house
- Festival or parade
- Other local activities
Adding your event to the Patch Community Calendar is a great way to boost attendance and let neighbors know about fun stuff happening near them. If the thing you’re posting about has a date and time, it should always be posted as an event.
Once posted, your event 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 also pay to promote it as “Featured” across the region for $1 per day per community. (Plus, your money will help support more local journalism in the communities you care about!)
You want to post about:
- Lost & found pets or other items
- Housing (seeking or offering)
- Gigs & services (seeking or offering)
- For sale items
- Free stuff you want to get rid of
- Announcement about your business or org