Although no presents were given, cake cut or vows renewed, an anniversary took place Saturday nonetheless. June 11 marked the one year anniversary of MorinvilleNews.com, an online daily news publication I started last summer when a local newspaper I was writing for decided to suspend publication.
Faced with the prospect of living in a town with only one local news source and voice, I decided to offer another news source to Morinville and area. But I decided to go a different route in delivering the news, delivering it daily and delivering it digitally. Starting with the slogan “Get the news while it’s still news,” MorinvilleNews.com launched, telling and showing Morinville and surrounding area what was going on – often within hours of it actually going on.
Over the past year we have covered controversy and even been accused of creating it. We’ve shown the highs and lows of a community on the brink of its next phase of life as it starts its second century of existence. We’ve co-organized an all-candidate’s forum, provided candidates with an opportunity to state their case and to answer residents’ questions during the campaign, and we have provided a medium where readers and residents could interact with one another on the stories of the day. In addition to reporting what is happening with Town Council, we recently began broadcasting those meetings live, as they happen, for those who want to be part of the process.
In total we have published just short of 900 stories in the last 365 days, stories covering Morinville and surrounding communities from all interests, angles and beats – sports, culture, politics, human interest – all the stories that make up a community.
But none of it would have been possible without our readers joining us for the ride or without our local businesses being willing to listen to an often-as-not crusty, middle-aged newsman in a fedora telling them an online news publication was exactly what Morinville and area needed.
Seven months ago, MorinvilleNews.com became a part of and partnered with Art of Conversation to bring focused local news to those Morinville residents who were not already taking advantage of what was being offered online. That publication and concept was a weekly news magazine focused solely on Morinville called Monday Morning News. But whether read on an iPhone, Blackberry, PC, laptop or counter top, our dedication has remained the same – providing local residents with local news in a timely and responsible manner.
It has often been said it takes a village to raise a child. I’d offer it takes a community to raise a community news publication. To that end, the residents of Morinville and surrounding area have raised this publication well over the first year of its existence.
You have kept us informed of the newsmakers and events we needed to cover and helped spread the word that Morinville had a new news source. For that MorinvilleNews.com and Monday Morning News are thankful.
We looked forward to entering our second year as Morinville enters its second century.
Editor MorinvilleNews.com / Monday Morning News