LAKEWOOD, NJ – Olean, Allegany, Hinsdale, Portville and Cuba were in the spotlight in a neighboring state Saturday.

The communities were included in a presentation about TAPinto Greater Olean at the New Jersey Communication Association’s 21st Annual Conference.

During a panel presentation titled “The Role of Hyperlocals,” TAPinto Greater Olean reporters Taylor Kickbush and Taylor Walker and co-editors Anne and Richard Lee described St. Bonaventure University’s partnership with TAPinto.

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TAPinto Greater Olean is an online news site staffed by journalism students in the Jandoli School of Communication at  St, Bonaventure, the only university in the nation with a TAPinto franchise. Students enrolled in a six-credit a course titled Journalists’ Workshop staff TAPinto Greater Olean.

The panel on hyperlocals also included presentations by TAPinto CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro, TAPinto Newark Co-owner Bruno Tedeschi and TAPinto Social Media Director Danny Jones. The TAPinto organization, which includes 61 franchises, is headquartered in New Jersey.

According to the conference program, hyperlocal news sites have become an increasingly important component of the media landscape during the 21st Century because they fill gaps in local news coverage that resulted from years of downsizing, cutbacks and layoffs in the news industry.

The conference took place at Georgian Court University and featured presentations on a variety of communication topics by educators, media professionals and students.