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The Patch
Robert O'Rourk, Photographer
Setauket | NY | USA | Posted: 4:46 PM on 10.14.10
->> Has any shooter signed on with the Patch? It is an AOL creation for local online papers. It's contract appears to be a WFH one. Anyone agree or disagree
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Ron Manfredi, Photographer
Merrick (Long Island) | NY | | Posted: 4:51 PM on 10.14.10
->> Robert,

I have sent you an e-mail about this company.
Ron
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 12:23 AM on 10.15.10
->> Ron, Do you have personal experience with Patch?

--Mark
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Ron Manfredi, Photographer
Merrick (Long Island) | NY | | Posted: 8:04 AM on 10.15.10
->> Mark,

I was looking into providing photos for them, but I have not yet made a decision. I was only able to provide Robert with some basic and anecdotal info about them from a shooter I know who does some freelance work for them.

Ron
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Anthony Soufflé, Photographer
Ogden | UT | USA | Posted: 1:09 PM on 10.15.10
->> I have several friends, all recent graduates, who have started working for Patch.

For what it's worth though, they're all writers. I don't think the company is hiring staff photographers but rather relying on freelancers who have their own camera gear. Seems they don't put much value on photojournalism.
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Jeff Bennett, Student/Intern
Livermore | CA | USA | Posted: 2:01 PM on 10.15.10
->> I've been doing some work for Patch and what Anthony said is true. Basically everyone working for Patch takes pictures, writes, and some even do video.

I worked with the sports editor before so he's having me just shoot photos, and I want to say there might be another person or two that only shoots for them.

As far as rights to photos go, I can ever remember the time frame, but I believe its no longer then 90-days they hold the rights to your photos then you can do whatever you want with them.
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 10:48 PM on 10.15.10
->> A number of their ads have said "Some editors pay additional for video." I have inquired about their rates a number of times and have never gotten a response from anybody.

--Mark
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 12:33 PM on 10.16.10
->> I've seen a copy of the Patch contract. They claim all ownership of the freelancer's work. You can't even say that you've done work for them without "express written permission."

I still don't know what their rates are.

--Mark
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Anthony Soufflé, Photographer
Ogden | UT | USA | Posted: 6:37 PM on 10.16.10
->> Hey Mark, I asked a friend of mine what Patch pays and he said it ranges from $45 for a column to $75 for a story with photo. If you want contact information for a few of them let me know.
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