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Site Twitter handle


Facebook link


Year launched


Tax status

  • LLC

Monthly visitors



  • $51,000 -€“ 100,000

Primary revenue sources (50% or more)

  • Local advertising

Secondary revenue sources (20-49%)

  • None at this level

Smaller revenue sources (less than 20%)

  • Sponsorship
  • None at this level (less than 20%)

Other smaller revenue source


Publishing platform

  • Other

Other publishing platform

Own site, Tap Corporate




  • Yes

E-newsletter subscribers

More than 2,000

Is your site indexed on Google News?

  • Yes

Other products

weekly eblasts





Last Publisher Update

  • 2016-03-15 17:04:45 UTC

TAP into Westfield
Westfield, New Jersey
Jackie Lieberman

TAP into Westfield is an independently-owned local news site operating as a franchisee in the TAPinto.net network. Launched as The Alternative Press in 2008, the network shifted to a franchise model with independent ownership in 2013-14 and re-branded as TAPinto. The network provides franchisees with tech support, regional ad sales, editorial guidelines and business training in exchange for an annual fee. Revenue: Advertising.


Introduction by publisher

I came to TAP into (then called The Alternative Press) several years ago as a freelance reporter and soon bought the Westfield site. My mission is to provide unbiased hyperlocal news coverage to the community. Challenges (largely overcome) included gaining readership and making money. Today, I believe TAP into Westfield reaches the majority of households in Westfield and brings in a healthy revenue.

Effective engagement practice

We have more than 4,000 Facebook followers. I also personally interact with people in the community a great deal.

Business challenge

I'm running out of some ad spaces.

Coverage area

  • Community or town


  • Cover general local news

Topics of coverage

  • Crime & justice
  • Education & schools
  • Government & politics


  • Yes, occasional

Institutional partners

  • None

Content contributors

  • Professional journalists
  • Students

Contributor compensation

  • Freelance or part-time paid staff

Revenue-side compensation

  • Contractors paid commission only

In the news

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