NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto.net
, a network of 65 franchised online hyperlocal news sites in New Jersey and New York, broke its all-time readership record with 853,958 readers and 2.1 million pageviews in May 2017, up from 639,508 readers in May 2016. TAPinto also registered more than 6 million readers and 20 million pageviews during the last 365 days, breaking its all-time record for year-long site traffic.
"At a time when pundits are writing the obituary for the news media, we are providing a way forward that respects journalism's rich traditions while creating a sustainable business model from which everyone benefits," said CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro. "As we continue to grow, we are committed to improving local journalism. Thank you to our readers and our advertisers for your loyalty and support. We would not be here without you."
TAPinto.net, which began in 2008 as an all-online local newspaper in New Providence founded by residents Michael and Lauryn Shapiro, is now the dominant player in local news. The network provides original local news reporting on a daily basis in more than 100 towns. It is growing while other media organizations are slashing local news coverage, regionalizing coverage, and laying off journalists.
From June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017, TAPinto's web traffic registered an increase of more than 35 percent year over year.
"TAPinto sites are locally owned and operated and do their own original local news reporting," said Shapiro. "That local ownership and local reporting makes all the difference."
TAPinto provides the backend, training and support to its franchisees. Current franchisees include hardcopy newspaper publishers, public relations firms, business development executives, veteran journalists, attorneys, financial advisors, realtors, marketing and communications professionals, nonprofit organizations, and St. Bonaventure University.
"We've created a growing and successful network of online local news sites that has become a model for the struggling media industry," Shapiro said. "Our innovative model enables our sites to not only produce great original local news content but to also achieve record-breaking traffic and financial sustainability."
Shapiro said TAPinto is proving that journalism, at least on the local level, has a future.