ROXBURY, NJ - The TAPinto family of local, online news sites - of which TAPinto Roxbury is a part - recently won three NJ News Commons Excellence in Local News Awards.

Each year, the Center for Cooperative Media recognizes local news outlets for innovation, collaboration, investigative reporting, campus reporting, sustainability and engagement.

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

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"Filling the void in local news means creating sustainable business models," said TAPinto CEO and Publisher Mike Shapiro. "We're proud to have been recognized by the Center for Cooperative Media for our efforts. 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."

TAPinto Paterson won the "Engage Local Award" that 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." 

NJ Flavor, a TAPinto site covering stories about food in New Jersey, won the "Innovate Local Award" honoring 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 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."

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