Local news coverage, now perhaps more than ever, is an essential service to keep readers informed. TAPinto’s network of over 80 local news sites in New Jersey, New York and Florida broke all readership records in March with 9,628,289 pageviews and 3,412,844 readers, an increase of 300% from February 2020. Meanwhile, last week, two TAPinto owner/publishers, TAPinto Newark and TAPinto Camden, were awarded Facebook Journalism Project grants to support local coronavirus coverage.
"Local news is essential infrastructure," said TAPinto CEO and Publisher Mike Shapiro.
"Objective, independent local news provides the communities we serve with critical information. During this unprecedented public health crisis, all TAPinto sites are dedicated to providing accurate and up-to-date news on the Coronavirus pandemic and other critical local news," continued Shapiro.
"The grants from the Facebook Journalism Project are further validation of the value of local news," said Shapiro.
“We thank our readers and will continue working around the clock to ensure that they have the most up-to-date news and information during this trying time,” he said.