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About was launched on October 1, 2010 by Matthew E. Marquardt of Mason City, Iowa. Marquardt is a native of Mason City, a graduate of Mason City High School and the University of Iowa.

The inspiration for came from a Time magazine article (read it here) that questioned the future of local newspapers and praised micro-local news websites.

“As newspapers keep cutting back on staff and printing skimpier editions, journalists, entrepreneurs and ordinary citizens have responded by creating websites to cover the local news they feel is going under reported,” the article stated.

Marquardt’s vision for since its launch has been to bring the news of everyday North Iowans to the people in a concise, clear and fun online environment where everyone has a chance to contribute.

“I’m thrilled with the success of,” Marquardt said recently.  “Since that summer of 2010, when I was first inspired to create NIT, to see what is has become and developed into, I coudn’t be happier.  I’m looking forward to the future at this time and meeting the challenges of a growing news agency.”

Currently, a new headquarters for NIT is under construction in Mason City at 146 6th Street SW.


Matthew E. Marquardt, NIT Publisher

Matthew E. Marquardt
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Contact by mail (news tips and op-ed’s can be mailed here, as well):
146 6th Street SW
Mason City, Iowa 50401

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