TAPinto.net is a network of more than 80 franchised online local and subject matter news sites in New Jersey, New York, and Florida, with more than 10,000,000 readers during the past year. Each site is franchised to a local owner/publisher and provides original objective daily local news reporting. Current franchisees include business executives, journalists, public relations professionals, hardcopy newspapers, nonprofits and universities.
TAPinto.net was founded in October, 2008 by Michael and Lauryn Shapiro, who sought to provide their town’s residents with an all-online, objective, independent, daily local newspaper, and Michael Shapiro is the majority owner. Today, TAPinto covers more than 100 towns in New Jersey, New York, and Florida, and is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association.
TAPinto is proud to support charitable causes. During the past year, TAPinto has donated over $250,000 in marketing and advertising to charitable organizations including Susan G. Komen North Jersey, among others. TAPinto's employees and franchisees are also members of dozens of community organizations including Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce.
TAPinto offers content marketing, native advertising, social media marketing, exclusive sponsorships, branded content opportunities, email marketing, and traditional online advertising.
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For more information on franchising a TAPinto site in your area, please visit www.starttap.net
Check out our CEO Michael Shapiro on MSNBC's Your Business discuss his keys to success!
|Name of LLC||Territory/Towns Franchised|
|The Convergence/St. Bonaventure University||Allegany, NY; Carrollton, NY; Cuba, NY; Ellicottville, NY; Franklinville, NY; Hinsdale, NY; Humphrey, NY; Greater Olean Area|
|Shark Ventures||Barnegat - Waretown|
|WFP Media Partners, LLC||Basking Ridge/West Millington/Liberty Corner|
|Words Count Publishing, LLC||Belmar/Lake Como|
|The Alternative Press of Berkeley Heights LLC||Berkeley Heights|
|Bloomfield News, LLC||Bloomfield|
|LB Media, LLC dba The Breeze||Bridgewater/Raritan|
|Skyway Publishing LLC||Camden|
|The Alternative Press of Chatham, LLC||Chatham|
|The Clee Group LLC||Clark|
|LLAJ MEDIA, LLC||Coral Springs|
|Media Focus, LLC||Cranford|
|Ferlanda Fox Nixon||Denville|
|The Alternative Press of East Brunswick,||East Brunswick, Milltown, and Spotswood|
|Britnee, LLC||East Orange|
|TAP Into Local LLC||Edison|
|TAP Into Local LLC||Elizabeth|
|Beckwill Communications||Fair Lawn/Glen Rock|
|Hunterdon Media Partnership||Flemington/Raritan|
|Triple Win, Inc||East Hanover/Florham Park|
|LGMB, LLC||Franklin Township|
|Bergen Digital Media, LLC||Hackensack|
|Aviator Publishing, LLC||Hasbrouck Heights, Wood-Ridge, Teterboro|
|Point of View Ventures LLC||Hawthorne|
|Thirty and Done Online Publishing||Hillsborough|
|TAP Into Local LLC||Hillside|
|Hometown News, LLC||Holmdel/Colts Neck|
|Oasis Media||Jersey City|
|Halston Media||Katonah - Lewisboro New York|
|Queen World Media, LLC changed to Global Queens Publishing, LLP Feb 2018||Linden|
|Livingston TAP LLC||Livingston|
|L & L Media LLC||Madison|
|Mahopac News||Mahopac, NY|
|Hometown News LLC||Middletown|
|Auberge Media, LLC||Millburn/Short Hills|
|The Alternative Press Milltown, and Spotswood, LLC||Milltown, and Spotswood|
|Montclair Media Group, LLC||Montclair|
|Montville News Online LLC||Montville Township (includes Montville, Pine Brook and Towaco)|
|Morristown Publishing, LLC||Morristown|
|The Alternative Press of Berkeley Heights LLC||Mountainside|
|Jaffe Communications, Inc.||New Brunswick/Rutgers|
|The Alternative Press of Berkeley Heights LLC||New Providence|
|Skyway Publishing LLC||Newark|
|Sparta's Local News, LLC||Newton|
|Lois Jackie, LLC||NJ Flavor|
|The Alternative Press-Warren, LLC||North Plainfield, Green Brook, Watchung|
|North Salem News||North Salem, NY|
|Passaic Valley Media LLC||Nutley|
|Bergen Digital Media, LLC||Paramus|
|Five by the Glades, LLC||Parkland, Florida|
|Triple Win, Inc||Parsippany|
|Passaic Valley Media, LLC||Passaic Valley|
|Birch Run Media, LLC||Piscataway|
|Queen City Daily LLC||Plainfield|
|Randolph News Online LLC||Randolph|
|Navesink Enterprises LLC||Red Bank|
|TAP Into Local LLC||Roselle/RosellePark|
|Fred. J. Aun||Roxbury, NJ|
|Scotch Plains Online LLC||Scotch Plains-Fanwood|
|Somers Record||Somers, NY|
|Thirty and Done Online Publishing||Somerville|
|TAP Ventures LLC||South Brunswick|
|FMS Enews, LLC||South Orange/Maplewood|
|Backyard Publishing LLC||South Plainfield|
|Sparta's Local News, LLC||Sparta|
|Springfield News Online||Springfield|
|Shark Ventures, LLC||Stafford/LBI, NJ|
|JG Elliott LLC||Summit|
|Aciem LLC||TAPinto TV|
|Union News Online LLC||Union|
|Stoner Brown Research, LLC||Verona/Cedar Grove|
|The Alternative Press-Warren, LLC||Warren, NJ|
|Ferris Publishing LLC||Wayne, NJ|
|WE Press, LLC||West Essex|
|Alternative Press of West Orange, LLC||West Orange|
|Lois Jackie, LLC||Westfield|
|Yorktown News||Yorktown, NY|
We are always searching for ways to give our franchisees the tools to make their reporting and coverage transparent, independent and objective, while updating our policies to ensure that all of our sites follow the highest ethical standards for journalism.
Here is what we have done to continue to build trust with our readers:
SPJ Code of Ethics
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has served as the preeminent professional association for journalists since 1909. SPJ publishes a strict code of ethics. All TAPinto sites are required to adhere to the SPJ Code of Ethics. You can read more about the Code of Ethics here.
While editorial and opinion have their place, TAPinto's mission is focused on reporting the news. To protect the integrity of reporting, TAPinto maintains a policy that prohibits our franchisees and journalists from engaging in editorialization and opinion journalism.
No Endorsement of, or Contributions to, Local Political Candidates
Our TAPinto franchises provide readers with important coverage of local government and politics. To ensure quality, unbiased coverage, we adopted a policy that prohibits franchisees from making endorsements of, or otherwise publicly supporting, their local political candidates in any manner. We also adopted a policy that prohibits all TAPinto franchisees from contributing to political candidates running for local office in their town(s).
Disclosure of Ownership
All of our sites are bound by a disclosure policy so our readers know the ownership of each TAPinto franchise.
Disclosure of Perceived or Potential Conflicts of Interest
Since some TAPinto franchisees own other businesses all of our sites are bound by a disclosure policy that requires an Editor’s Note be included at the end of any content about a topic with which the franchisee has a relationship.
Clear Advertising Disclosures
Lines between news content and advertising at times have become blurred as online news organizations test new advertising products and business models. All of our content advertising and sponsorship is clearly and conspicuously marked so readers know if they're looking at paid content.
As always, we welcome feedback from TAPinto readers to help us continue to improve and grow.