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Iowa Teen's Website Takes Off
Updated: Wednesday, July 23 2014, 10:22 PM CDT
FORT DODGE, IA (KCCI-TV)--A teen who started his business when he was 14 years old says it's now buzzing.
Cain Junkman, 18, runs the Fort Dodge Press, a local news website focusing on breaking news. He started it four years ago.
"They seem to be covering things instantly where as with the regular newspaper you might have to wait a day," said Fort Dodge resident Breanne Healey.
Waiting is something Junkman doesn't like to do.
"We strive to be breaking news. We go out to things and we're right on top of it," he said.
The Fort Dodge Press focuses on its website and Facebook page, which has more than 7,000 likes. Meanwhile, the local newpaper's website has added a pay wall that requires subscribers to pay before reading stories.
"I check Facebook a few times a day so definitely pops right up in there," said Nathan McCubbin of Coalville.
"It's just in my news feed and it's up to date, king of on the top of when everything's happening," said Healey.
Junkman runs the Press by himself with help from volunteers.
"You constantly have to be keeping up with what's going around in the community and you're meeting new people all the time," said Junkman.
His focus now is on gaining more advertisers.
"I definitely think I've kick started in life and I have a lot more to go in my future and I'm kind of excited to see what's going to happen," said Junkman.
Junkman was born and raised in Fort Dodge. He will be heading into his senior year at St. Edmond High School this fall.