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NonDoc co-owner Dr. Ashiq Zaman introduces himself while News 9's Aaron Brilbeck, left, and 2014 Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman, right, look on. (Doug Hill)

I first heard the phrase “a filter, not a funnel” around 2007 at The OU Daily (then known as The Oklahoma Daily).

The Daily’s editor in chief at the time had recruited me to be opinion editor in Spring 2007. The ‘“filter” metaphor was an important mantra around our newsroom. It emphasized a commonly overlooked, critical element of the journalistic process: Where and how you look and listen determines the quality of your content. A filter, after all, needs the right inputs in order to function effectively.

Although I eventually left the world of journalism for the world of medicine after college, I have always carried the passion and curiosity journalism taught me.

One decade later

I have been a follower and supporter of NonDoc since it was established last year, and I am thrilled to come on board as a partner. Our site’s editor, William W. Savage III, is that same editor of The Daily I worked with a decade ago. Managing editor Josh McBee is also an alumnus of our Daily days.

As a result, I jumped at the opportunity to join this important journalism project. But as exciting as the first 12 months of NonDoc have been, I believe this site’s future will be even brighter.

In the next 12 months, we will continue to grow our readership while attracting more talented contributors to help produce incredible content. We will work to shed light on the issues, stories and people that are too often underrepresented in our community.

Our core team has grown

In addition to me, NonDoc has also added new partner and director of business development, Rosemary Meacham-Zittel. Her contributions have already been invaluable.

Moving forward, we need your help more than ever. Financial support is, of course, always appreciated. Our Writer’s Fund is a great way for our readers to give direct support to the hard-working, independent journalists who make NonDoc possible.

We also welcome story ideas, commentaries, letters to the editor, poems, photos and other community-generated content that you wish to share.

We appreciate that NonDoc would be impossible without our readers and their support. We hope you will continue to follow along and let us know how we’re doing as we start this next chapter.

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Dr. Ashiq Zaman graduated from the OU College of Medicine in 2012 and was a co-owner of NonDoc Media from July 2016 through November 2019. He currently resides in Tyler, Texas. His commentaries do not constitute medical advice.