NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto.net has been named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons, a network of more than 230 news organizations across New Jersey. The award goes to a journalist or news organization that showed overall excellence in its work for 2017.
Joe Amditis, associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media, said TAPinto won the award because TAPinto and its network of online newspaper franchisees, "both showed growth in its work and contributions to improving the overall news ecosystem in New Jersey."
TAPinto increased the number of franchisees from 54 to 71 sites in 2017 — 66 of which are independently owned — as the company's total site traffic increased by 29 percent and the number of unique users grew by 32 percent during this same period. Amditis said, "That's helping more communities in New Jersey get access to news and information about the place they live."
"Meanwhile, TAPinto Westfield formed a partnership ... to bring a hands-on internship program to students. TAPinto Cranford recently began working with Cranford Radio to present a weekly podcast highlighting the best articles of the week and TAPinto Newark Editor Mark Bonamo has become a fixture on My9's 'Chasing Jersey' show," NJ News Commons said.
"TAPinto also built and launched a proprietary mobile app that delivers TAPinto stories about a user's community directly to a reader's phone. This app is available to all communities that have a TAP organization," Amditis concluded.
Michael Shapiro, CEO and publisher of TAPinto.net, said, "This is not only a huge honor, but recognition of the incredible hard work and dedication of all of our TAPinto franchisees. This award is for them and I could not be more proud of the fantastic TAPinto owner/publishers I have the opportunity to work with each and every day."
This year's judges were Stefanie Murray, director of the Center for Cooperative Media; Doug Clancy, former assistant managing editor of The Record; and Meghan Jambor, communications director at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
TAPinto.net is a network of more than 70 all-online local newspaper franchises in New Jersey and New York with more than 7 million readers. The all-online hyperlocal news sites boast more than 100 columnists, a full-service community calendar, business directory, local real estate listings and more. The public can friend TAPinto.net on Facebook at Facebook.com/tapintolocal and can follow TAPinto.net on Twitter at Twitter.com/tapintolocal.
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