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@tapwestessex

Facebook link

www.facebook.com/tapwestessex

Year launched

2012

City

West Essex

State

New Jersey

TAP into West Essex
West Essex, New Jersey
Jessica Marrone Parkes & Jackie Schatell

TAP into West Essex is an independently-owned local news site operating as a franchisee in the TAPinto.net network. Michael and Lauryn Shapiro launched The Alternative Press in October 2008. In 2013-14, it evolved into a franchise and was later re-branded to TAPinto. The network provides franchisees with tech support, regional ad sales, editorial guidelines and business training in exchange for an annual fee. Publishers Jackie Schatell and Jessica Marrone Parkes also operate TAP into Livingston and TAP into West Orange. Revenue: Advertising