Editor & Publisher Magazine (E&P), the authoritative voice of news publishing since 1884, welcomes Michael Shapiro as a featured columnist in a new content section E&P calls “Voices.” Shapiro, a graduate of Rutgers College, Rutgers University, and Stanford Law School, is the Founder and CEO of TAPinto, a network of more than 85 franchised online local news sites in New Jersey, New York and Florida.

TAPinto and its journalists have been recognized by the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists, the Garden State Journalists Association, and the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University for journalistic excellence during the last year.  TAPinto and its unique franchise model for local news was recently profiled by the Local Media Association

“Michael Shapiro is one of the foremost thinkers in the local digital news space and we are excited to have him share his vision for local news with our audience,” said Mike Blinder, Publisher of Editor & Publisher Magazine.  “Michael joins industry leaders like Matt DeReienzo, Ryan Dohrn, Rob Tornoe, Doug Phares and others who publish their columns on EditorandPublisher.com and in our legacy magazine.”

“I am honored to join E&P and its wealth of knowledgeable and respected reporters, editors and columnists,” said Shapiro.  “E&P is the pulse of the media industry and I am humbled to have the opportunity to have my thoughts considered by E&P’s readership.  I look forward to a healthy and spirited dialogue as we all advocate for and work to sustain and support journalism and all of the hard-working journalists in the field.”