About Us is a network of more than 95 independently owned and operated local news and digital marketing platforms in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. Each site is franchised to a local owner/publisher and provides original, objective, daily local news reporting.  

With local hardcopy newspapers being acquired by national operations or leaving town altogether, TAPinto is often the only local news coverage in the communities we serve.


TAPinto does not have a paywall because we believe that all members of the community should be able to be informed and involved in their community, regardless of their socioeconomic background.  

TAPinto’s award-winning local journalists consistently break exclusive stories that impact their communities. In 2023, the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists honored TAPinto with three Excellence in Journalism Awards.

TAPinto celebrated its 15th birthday in October 2023. It was founded by Michael and Lauryn Shapiro in New Providence, New Jersey. Michael Shapiro is the majority owner. 


In 2023, Franchise Business Review named as a Top Franchise, Most Innovative Franchise, Top Low-Cost Franchise and a Top Franchise for Women.

TAPinto is proud to support many charitable causes including the American Heart Association.  TAPinto's executives, employees and franchisees are members of dozens of community organizations.  

TAPinto offers content marketing, native advertising, social media marketing, exclusive sponsorships, branded content opportunities, email marketing, and traditional online advertising.

TAPinto is available on desktop, mobile, and tablet, and also has a TAPinto App for Android and iPhone.

For more information on marketing on TAPinto, click here.

For more information on franchising a TAPinto local news platform in your area, please click here.



Name of LLC Territory/Towns Franchised Site Editor Editor Email
Belcom NJ, LLC Asbury Park Matt Doherty
The Convergence/St. Bonaventure University Allegany, NY; Carrollton, NY; Cuba, NY; Ellicottville, NY; Franklinville, NY; Hinsdale, NY; Humphrey, NY; Greater Olean Area Rich Lee
Shark Ventures Barnegat - Waretown Pat Sharkey and Kaitlyn Debarth,
The Alternative Press of Berkeley Heights LLC Basking Ridge/West Millington/Liberty Corner Bobbie Peer
Oasis Media Bayonne Steve Lenox

Belcom NJ, LLC Belmar/Lake Como Matt Doherty
The Alternative Press of Berkeley Heights LLC Berkeley Heights Bobbie Peer
The Alternative Press of Berkeley Heights LLC Bernardsville and Bedminster Bobbie Peer
Bloomfield News, LLC Bloomfield Joe Coletta
E&K Communicatoins LLC Bordentown Elizabeth Meyers
LB Media, LLC dba The Breeze Bridgewater/Raritan Audrey Blumberg
Skyway Publishing LLC Camden Neill Borowski
The Alternative Press of Chatham, LLC Chatham Ed Barmakian
DBK Media LLC Clark David Brighouse
LLAJ MEDIA, LLC Coconut Creek Leon Fooksman
LLAJ MEDIA, LLC Coral Springs Leon Fooksman
Noteworthy Media LLC Cranford Rebecca Tantillo
Little Blue Bird Enterprises, LLC Denville Lauren Zucchi
Roman Press, INC Doylestown, PA Ed Doyle
The Alternative Press of East Brunswick East Brunswick Maureen Berzok
Sphinx Minerva Group, LLC East Orange Brian Agnew
Middlesex Media LLC Edison Jacob Turchi
News Worx Incorporated Elizabeth Casey Abline
Beckwill Communications Fair Lawn/Glen Rock Rebecca Greene
Hunterdon Media Partnership Flemington/Raritan Audrey Blumberg & Joey Novick,
Triple Win, Inc East Hanover/Florham Park Marianne Carillo
LGMB, LLC Franklin Township Malik Lyons
Kerri Blair, LLC Hackensack Rebecca Greene
Lenox Consulting Hamilton Steve Lenox,
Triple Win, Inc Hanover Township Marianne Carillo
Aviator Publishing, LLC  Hasbrouck Heights, Wood-Ridge, Teterboro Faith Armonaitis
Beckwill Communications Hawthorne Rebecca Greene
Hometown News, LLC Hazlet/Keyport Jeanne Wall
Thirty and Done Online Publishing Hillsborough Rod Hirsch
TAP Into Local LLC Hillside Mike Shapiro
Oasis Media Hoboken Steve Lenox
Hometown News, LLC Holmdel/Colts Neck Jeanne Wall
Oasis Media Jersey City Steve Lenox
Halston Media Katonah - Lewisboro New York Tom Walogorsky and Emile Menasche
Telina LLC Kenilworth Telina Cuppari
TAP into Long Branch, LLC Long Branch Samantha Minchello
Sisters Turning Pages, LLC  Linden Donna Eleazer
Livingston TAP LLC Livingston Danielle Santola
L & L Media LLC Madison 

Marianne Carillo
Mahopac News Mahopac, NY Bob Dumas
Hometown News LLC Middletown Jeanne Wall
Presto Group, LLC Millburn/Short Hills Elise Margulis
The Alternative Press  Milltown, and Spotswood, LLC Milltown, and Spotswood Dawn Miller
Montclair Media Group, LLC Montclair Natalie Hackett
Montville News Online LLC Montville Township (includes Montville, Pine Brook and Towaco) Hope White
Morristown Publishing, LLC Morristown Leigh O'Neil
The Alternative Press of Berkeley Heights LLC Mountainside Bobbie Peer
E&K Communicatoins LLC Mount Laurel, NJ Elizabeth Meyers
The Neptunes News LLC Neptune/Neptune City Lauren Albrecht
AEA Enterprises, LLC New Brunswick/Rutgers Chuck O'Donnell
The Alternative Press of Berkeley Heights LLC New Providence Bobbie Peer
Skyway Publishing LLC Newark Mark Bonamo
Sparta's Local News, LLC Newton Jenny Dericks
Arrival Media Group LLC North Hunterdon Jenn Snider
The Alternative Press-Warren, LLC North Plainfield, Green Brook, Watchung Brenda Nemcek
North Salem News North Salem, NY Tom Walogorsky
Passaic Valley Media LLC Nutley John Lee
Kerri Blair, LLC Paramus Rebecca Greene
Five by the Glades, LLC Parkland, Florida Gina Pfingsten
Triple Win, Inc Parsippany

Marianne Carillo
TAP Into Local LLC Passaic Valley Steve Lenox

Oasis Media Paterson Steve Lenox
Birch Run Media, LLC Piscataway Ken and Kia Simmons
Stateline Media Group, LLC Phillipsburg, NJ Danielle DeGerolamo
David Rutherford Plainfield David Rutherford
Rein Reports Princeton Richard Rein
DBK Media LLC Rahway David Brighouse
Randolph News Online LLC Randolph Wendi Manderioli
Scotch Plains Online LLC Raritan Bay (Sayreville, South Amboy) John Mooney
Navesink Enterprises LLC Red Bank Scott Wingerter
Sleek News, LLC Ridgewood James Ochoa
BMS & Company, LLC Roselle Bianca Sanchez
Sleek News, LLC Roselle Park Jason DeAlessi
Fred. J. Aun Roxbury, NJ Fred Aun
Scotch Plains Online LLC Scotch Plains-Fanwood John Mooney
Somers Record Somers, NY Brian Marschhauser
Thirty and Done Online Publishing Somerville Rod Hirsch
TAP Ventures LLC South Brunswick Rob Rakossy
FMS Enews, LLC South Orange/Maplewood Fred Smith
Backyard Publishing LLC South Plainfield Darlene Cullen
Sparta's Local News, LLC Sparta Jenny Dericks
Presto Group, LLC Springfield  Guy Kipp
Shark Ventures, LLC Stafford/LBI, NJ Pat and Kaitlyn Sharkey and
TAP Into Local LLC Summit Mike Shapiro
Lucky Limited, LLC Tri-Borough (Kinnelon, Butler and Bloomingdale) Sabrina Luciano
Union News Online LLC Union Kathy Cryan
Presto Group, LLC Verona/Cedar Grove Guy Kipp
The Alternative Press-Warren, LLC Warren, NJ Brenda Nemcek
Ferris Publishing LLC Wayne, NJ Jon 'Ferris' Meredith
Presto Group, LLC West Essex Guy Kipp
Presto Group, LLC West Orange Elise Marguiles
Lois Jackie, LLC Westfield Jackie Liberman, Tyler Brown,

AEA Enterprises, LLC Woodbridge and Carteret, NJ Tony Gallotto
Halston Media Yorktown, NY Brian Marschhauser


We are always searching for ways to give our franchisees the tools to make their reporting and coverage transparent, independent and objective, while updating our policies to ensure that all of our sites follow the highest ethical standards for journalism. 

Here is what we have done to continue to build trust with our readers:

SPJ Code of Ethics

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has served as the preeminent professional association for journalists since 1909.  SPJ publishes a strict code of ethics.  All TAPinto sites are required to adhere to the SPJ Code of Ethics.  You can read more about the Code of Ethics here.

No Editorializing 

While editorial and opinion have their place, TAPinto's mission is focused on reporting the news.  To protect the integrity of reporting, TAPinto maintains a policy that prohibits our franchisees and journalists from engaging in editorialization and opinion journalism. 

No Endorsement of, or Contributions to, Local Political Candidates

Our TAPinto franchises provide readers with important coverage of local government and politics.  To ensure quality, unbiased coverage, as well as the appearance thereof, we adopted a policy that strongly recommends franchisees and their owners not publicly support their local political candidates in any manner.  We also adopted a policy that strongly recommends all TAPinto franchisees and their owners not contribute to political candidates running for local office in their town(s).  We also have strongly recommended to all TAPinto franchisees and their owners and site editors that they refrain from making endorsements of, or otherwise publicly supporting, regional, state and national candidates or elected officials, including, but not limited to, on personal or public social media, via lawn signs, or otherwise.

Disclosure of Ownership

All of our sites are bound by a disclosure policy so our readers know the ownership of each TAPinto franchise.

Disclosure of Perceived or Potential Conflicts of Interest

We require that should a reporter, editor, or franchise owner be a member of the group that is the subject of the story or have a financial or business relationship with the subject of the story, disclosure is prominently noted in the story through an Editor’s Note.

Clear Advertising Disclosures

Lines between news content and advertising at times have become blurred as online news organizations test new advertising products and business models.  All of our content advertising and sponsorship is clearly and conspicuously marked so readers know if they're looking at paid content. 

As always, we welcome feedback from TAPinto readers to help us continue to improve and grow.

Correction Policy

When TAPinto publishes a story and later find out there was a factual mistake/error in it (including misquoting someone), we will publish a corrected version of the story as soon as possible.  This creates greater transparency regarding corrections and creates more accountability with our readers.

If an article needs to be corrected, we will correct the mistake and mark an *asterisk* at the end of the corrected sentence. 

We will then include an italicized "Editor's note" at the bottom (for minor corrections) or the top (for major corrections) of the story with an explanation of the correction. 

For example: Editor's Note: John Symth's name was spelled incorrectly in an earlier version of this story.  

Fact-Checking Policy

All stories are fact-checked prior to publication. If you feel a story includes incorrect facts, please contact the editor of the site using the contact information in the table above.