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Notice to readers: Changes coming to NIT


This news story was published on August 13, 2012.
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by NorthIowaToday.com Publisher and Owner Matt Marquardt –

As NorthIowaToday.com prepares to enter its third year of offering North Iowa news to the world, changes to the web site are on the horizon.

NorthIowaToday.com continues to add more stories, photos and videos everyday.  Our audience continues to grow rapidly; nearly every month since the site was launched on October 1, 2010, page views have risen; overall visits have risen and perhaps most importantly, the number of unique visitors has risen.  As an example, traffic to NIT approximately doubled from January 2012 to July of 2012.  I anticipate 60,000 unique visitors and 3 million page views this August.

Of equal significance, the response and participation from the public in developing news stories has grown at an equally brisk pace.  To all of you who regularly contribute to NIT, even in the smallest of ways, you have my thanks.

In order to continue to grow NIT and offer more of the news that our readers have demonstrated that they want and demand, I will be asking for the support of each you who see the value in NorthIowaToday.com, the content it offers, and its role in the community.

On or before October 1, 2012, the purchase of a very inexpensive subscription will be offered at NorthIowaToday.com.  Some of NIT will remain free.  Important stories and notices will be delivered for free in many instances.  Most importantly, I will work hard to find a balance between keeping the NIT community vibrant while growing our number of paid subscribers.

A subscription to NIT will cost only $2 per month.  A year subscription will be needed to take advantage of this opportunity.  This will be an introductory price available for a short time.  After the introductory period, the regular subscription price will be $4 per month until further notice.  There will be prizes and giveaways for new subscribers.  Details on that will be released soon.

Subscribers will have full access to all content and features inside NIT.  Subscribing will be very easy and all forms of payment will be accepted.  Special contributors may receive a free subscription at my discretion.

As I stated earlier, much of NIT will not require a subscription.  For example, all stories prior to September 1, 2012 will remain free.  Our calendar will have no restrictions.  The home page will be free, and all the section home pages will be free.  As a new perk, our Classifieds section will be 100% free.  Anyone may view and post ads at no cost at all.  An important feature for our bloggers: The popular Whiner’s Den will remain 100% open to everyone.

I recognize there will be some growing pains, but I feel this move is in the best long-term interest of NIT and the media in general.  I ask all NIT readers for their patience as this transition is navigated.

As always, the on-going and overwhelming support from NIT readers and the public is appreciated and cannot be understated.  You have my thanks for making NIT a success for two years.  You also have my promise that most of the revenue generated by subscriptions will go right back into NIT to produce more content.

Please feel free to offer your feedback and questions as a comment below or via email at staff@northiowatoday.com.

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39 Responses to Notice to readers: Changes coming to NIT

  1. Kimberly Koenigs

    Kim Koenigs Reply Report comment

    August 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

    AWESOME! I love how you publication is no BS and no politics. Nothing but the truth. Rock on NIT! Can the blogs be by real names only?

    • Matt Marquardt

      Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      August 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

      I’d like to see that Kim. One would hope people would post with their real names but in most cases they refuse. Too much fear out there. What is confounding is people will do it on Facebook many times. We may move to it in the future. Thanks for the comments!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        I was kind of hoping that it was still Oct. 1st that we had to get a subscription at 2 dollars. I already had Sept. 21st penciled in to get mine. I know its not much at all but my budget wont allow me to get it till Sept.21st.

  2. Sign me up Reply Report comment

    August 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    This site is totally worth paying for. Go read the article on the council being so stupid about You Tube. It is breathtaking.

  3. JUDY LOECKLE

    Judy Reply Report comment

    August 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    NOT stupid Just GOOD business