NonDoc’s “Blame It All on Our Roots” party Friday in Norman was a smashing success. Not only did we meet our fundraising goal, but we also reconnected with old friends and made some new ones. Professors Keith and Kim Gaddie were incredibly gracious hosts as faculty-in-residence at Headington College, giving attendees a tour of the facility and setting out a delicious spread while everyone mingled. Their bulldogs also provided the guests with entertainment (that is, before the pups got tuckered out from all the excitement).

Check out this 360-degree image below to get the full effect:

Among the guests were Gaylord College faculty and students. We enjoyed visiting with them about what makes NonDoc great as well as the work we can do to make it even better. We believe continued improvement can be made in publishing diverse voices, including those of students.

To that end, several Gaylord College students are covering the Capitol this legislative session. A few of them have already contributed to our site: Garrett Davis’ recent piece focused on mothers advocating for gun control legislation in the wake of the Parkland shooting, and Alexandra Goodman delivered a story on the teachers who rallied in support of the latest revenue package. Gaylord students Elizabeth Sims and Megan Ross have also provided compelling photographs over the past few months.

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William W. Savage Jr., left, speaks with Michael Lovegrove, right, at NonDoc’s “Blame it all on our Roots” party Friday, March 9, 2018, at Headington College in Norman. (Doug Hill)

About our fundraising goal

We set out to raise $1,000 Friday to invest in more freelance content. Several existing and new Writers’ Fund contributors gave us a considerable head start, and the generosity of those in attendance helped push us past our goal.

We are excited about what this funding means for the stories we will be able to publish as 2018 unfolds. The Writers’ Fund is crucial to allowing us to deliver to our readers what they have come to expect: quality independent journalism.

Continuing the success

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Keith and Kim Gaddie hosted an event for NonDoc on Friday, March 9, 2018, at their faculty residence in OU’s Headington College. (Doug Hill)

Our team is working now to develop a fresh batch of growth goals for the next year. We want to thank and acknowledge those of you who have been a part of NonDoc since we set off in September 2015, including our readers, Writers’ Fund supporters and our advertisers.

Stay tuned for details about the next NonDoc party, where we’ll unveil our next slate of goals and celebrate the folks who have helped make it all possible.