PATERSON, NJ - TheAlternativePress.com announced this morning that it will not only continue to operate its local news presence in Paterson, but Publisher Michael Shapiro stated that the award-winning site will soon be expanding its coverage and offering even more ways for Paterson residents to access their local news.

“We started the local Paterson site, formerly known as the Paterson Press, to provide residents with an objective, online news site that truly served the residents of Paterson,” Shapiro said. “Over the past two-plus years, the site has developed a huge following, with more than one million page views last year alone.”

Shapiro said the TheAlternativePress.com’s news coverage has become an important part of the Paterson community, and that people often contact the site with news tips and story ideas. That kind of local involvement is what has made the site such as success.

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“We are committed to maintaining an independent news site for Paterson by Paterson with no agenda,” he said. “We have invested in the Paterson site at a financial loss because we’re so committed to the city. We’re in this for the long haul.”

Meanwhile, The Citizens Campaign, which started Paterson Press in partnership with TheAlternativePress.com, has instead now entered into an agreement with North Jersey Media Group to provide content for publication on northjersey.com and in the print editions of The Record and Herald News. According to a press release provided to The Alternative Press of Paterson, under Editor Joe Malinconico, "PatersonPress will remain an independent news organization dedicated to producing in-depth local news about city government, the school district and community events" but will cease to exist as a separate website.

Going forward, Shapiro said, TheAlternativePress.com will provide original coverage of Paterson by professional journalists in an independent, unbiased fashion and will expand upon the coverage previously offered.

“We are not owned by a large media group,” he said. “We’re a locally owned, small business that has been fortunate enough to see tremendous growth over the past few years, and we’re excited to continue that growth in Paterson.”

News in Paterson will now be covered by reporters with impressive journalism backgrounds, including one with a master’s in journalism from Columbia University, and a long-time reporter for the Star-Ledger.

“The staff we’ve brought on board have an in-depth knowledge of journalism, and they join me in my commitment to bringing balanced, unbiased news to our local readers,” Shapiro said. “This has been our business model from the first day of TheAlternativePress.com, and it has helped shape our reputation and our growth.”

TheAlternativePress.com’s proven model of licensing its site in towns throughout New Jersey is another way it has continued to increase its local news presence, and to create jobs for those who want to run their own business. Shapiro said that option is open to any Paterson resident who would like to be a part of this growing, successful publication.

“As a business owner, I've been willing to put money and time into this because I believe so strongly in our mission to serve you,” Shapiro said. “We’re looking forward to continuing our work in Paterson.”

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