TAPinto.net, a network of 61 franchised online hyperlocal news sites in New Jersey and New York, marked the beginning of 2017 with a record month of traffic in January.   

January also marked the launch of TAPinto Newark, which -- out of the gate -- broke the story of a bishop being assaulted in a cathedral in Newark.  The article was picked up by ABC, NBC, CBS, the Associated Press and the UK Daily Mail, among many others. The video of the incident has garnered over 1,000,000 views on YouTube.  
 
TAPinto.net, which began in 2008 as an all-online local newspaper in New Providence, NJ 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 75 towns. It is growing while other media organizations are slashing local news coverage and laying off journalists.    
 

For the month of January, TAPinto was read by more than 809,024 unique visitors, breaking its former record of 713,308 established in September 2016.
 
During the last year, TAPinto has had 5,545,995 unique visitors who've read 18,901,243 pages on the site, both records as well.
 
"TAPinto sites are locally owned and operated and do their own original local news reporting," said CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro. "That local ownership and local reporting makes all the difference."
 
TAPinto provides the backend, training and support to its franchisees. "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.
"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," he said. "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."
 
For more information on franchising TAPinto in your area, please click here.
 
TAPinto.net was founded by New Providence, New Jersey residents Michael and Lauryn Shapiro, is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association and currently has more than 5.5M readers.  The all-online hyperlocal news site boasts more than one hundred columnists, a full-service Community Calendar, Business Directory, and local Real Estate Listings. The public can friend TAPinto.net on Facebook at Facebook.com/tapintolocal and can follow TAPinto.net on Twitter at Twitter.com/tapintolocal  
 
In addition, TAPinto.net is currently offering franchise opportunities in CT, MA, FL, NJ, NY, PA and beyond. Anyone interested in starting an online newspaper in their town is invited to Click here for more information. 

TAPinto.net currently covers hyperlocal daily news and information in: Basking Ridge, Bayonne, Bedminster, Berkeley Heights, Bernardsville, Bloomfield, Bridgewater/Raritan, Cedar Grove, Chatham, Clark, Cranbury, Cranford, Denville, East Brunswick, East Orange, East Hanover, Edison, Elizabeth, Far Hills, Flemington, Florham Park, Franklin Township, Green Brook, Hillsborough, Kenilworth, Little Falls, Long Beach Island, Livingston, Madison, Mahopac (NY), Maplewood, Millburn/Short Hills, Milltown/Spotswood, Montville, Montclair, Morristown, Mountainside, Newark, New Brunswick, New Providence, Newton, North Plainfield, North Salem (NY), Nutley, Olean (NY), Paterson, Peapack & Gladstone, Piscataway, Plainfield, Randolph, Raritan, Roselle/Roselle Park, Roxbury, Scotch Plains/Fanwood, Somerville, Somers (NY), South Brunswick, South Orange, South Plainfield, Sparta, Springfield, Stafford, Summit, Totowa, Union, Verona, Warren, Watchung, West Essex, Westfield, West Orange, Woodland Park and Yorktown (NY).