For the past few months, I have been behind the scenes at NonDoc.
As a student at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Media, I was hired as an advertising and marketing intern for NonDoc in January. During my spring semester here, I have seen how much time and effort goes into making NonDoc work, and I am inspired by that passion and energy.
When the site suspended operations in late November, the state of Oklahoma was gearing up for another important legislative session. There was a new governor, and a third of the 2019-2020 Legislature would be new lawmakers. NonDoc believed people wanted to see the continuation of our unbiased and unique Capitol coverage.
Our advertisers and readers agreed.
This spring, in anticipation of our relaunch, many local advertisers chose to step up and make an investment by “shopping local.” These companies showed that they want independent media to exist in Oklahoma, and their support allowed us to continue providing free content to you, our readers.
Now, as the first half of 2019 comes to a close, NonDoc’s journalists are working on deeper projects, covering often-forgotten (but important) state board meetings and continuing to track top issues facing the state.
Will local business groups, advocacy organizations and other entities continue to step up with advertising commitments for the fall and winter of this year? I certainly hope so.
If it weren’t for our advertisers and generous donations from readers, I would have never been given this opportunity to learn more about Oklahoma politics and to meet such wonderful people who are devoted to independent journalism.
I have enjoyed and appreciated my time at NonDoc. As a Texas girl, it was a great way to learn more about Oklahoma’s traditions, politics and close-knit community.
I am here to say thank you to all of our advertisers. If it was not for you I would have not learned more about the heart of OKC and understand everyone’s deep love and loyalty to this great state.