MASON CITY – NorthIowaToday.com marks its third birthday today, October 1, 2013.
NorthIowaToday.com 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 NorthIowaToday.com 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 NorthIowaToday.com 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.
“Today, my news website NorthIowaToday.com turns 3. Seems like yesterday I was wondering whether to do this project or not,” Mr. Marquardt stated Tuesday.
“Even though the work is never-ending, it has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience and getting better everyday. I have been lucky to meet so many great people and learn so much along the way. Thanks to those who have helped make this possible.”
Mr. Marquardt said the future for NIT is limitless.
“I am, day by day, building this news organization one brick at a time. I am adding new pieces as opportunities arise. I am growing my team. I am honing my own skills. We are adding new advertisers and new paid subscribers weekly. I am thrilled with our progress. NIT will continue to deliver hard-hitting, common sense news that our readers crave.”