MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Award-winning author Joe Strupp recently released his second book, Killing Journalism: How Greed, Laziness (And Donald Trump) Are Destroying News And How We Can Save It.

The book is a non-fiction review of the current state of news, and according to Strupp, "details what is really wrong with today’s news media: not the claims of liberal, slanted coverage or 'fake news' but the true cutbacks in resources, revenue and in-depth reporting, along with over coverage of non-stories and under coverage of true needs and important issues."

Strupp's book also looks at other issues faced by journalists, including a lack of legal defense. The book also covers the "outright danger on the job" for journalists, shared Strupp.

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Strupp, a longtime Maplewood resident, is well-known for covering the local news first at from 2009 to 2017, where he earned two Society of Professional Journalism Awards, and then at TAPinto SOMA through 2018. In addition to the local beat, he also wrote for two national publications. 

Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca issued a proclamation in December declaring Dec. 22, 2018, as “Joe Strupp Day in Maplewood" in recgonition of Strupp's work and the publication of his book.

Strupp will be discussing the book and signing copies this Saturday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m. at Words Bookstore (179 Maplewood Ave.), as well as at Maplewood Memorial Libary on Wenesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.

To learn more about the book and upcoming events visit

Editor's note: Joe Strupp is a former reporter for TAPinto SOMA, and the publisher of which was aquired by TAPinto SOMA in 2017.