TAPinto Paterson has been announced as the winner of The Center for Cooperative Media's Engage Local Award. The award, one of three NJ News Commons Excellence in Local News Awards given to the TAPinto network, recognizes a news organization or journalist that, "relied heavily on community engagement or similar practices as a major source or aspect of their reporting."  

"I believe that news about a community has to come from the community itself," said TAPinto Paterson Owner and Publisher Steve Lenox.  He shared his gratitude for his readers, who he said "play a large role in making sure Paterson is portrayed accurately in all of our stories." 

Also recogized was NJ Flavor that won the Innovate Local Award, which honors a journalist or outlet that "used new and emerging technologies or strategies to enhance and improve the value and impact of their reporting efforts."  NJ Flavor covers stories about food in New Jersey. 

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NJ Flavor Owner and Publisher Jackie Lieberman said, "I'm thrilled that NJ Flavor is being recognized as an innovator in local news.  The TAPinto model has really allowed us to scale our audience while also providing engaging local content to fellow TAPinto franchisee/publishers."

Finally, TAPinto won the Sustain Local Award that "goes to a news organization that found innovative and effective new ways to address revenue and sustainability issues."  

TAPinto CEO and Publisher Mike Shapiro commented, "filling the void in local news means creating sustainable business models.  We're proud to have been recognized by the Center for Cooperative Media for our efforts." Shapiro continued, "We've worked hard to create advertising products and partnerships that give businesses and organizations a high-impact and trustworthy way to reach engaged local audiences."