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Will you consider signing up to be a Writers' Fund contributor today. (Lauren Jeldy)

(Editor’s note: NonDoc is in the middle of its semiannual crowdsourcing campaign aimed at raising $8,000 to support independent journalism. Please consider contributing today.)

I had the opportunity to take Tres Savage’s class at the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 2018. He taught us many valuable lessons about media writing and introduced us to the idea of independent journalism and his efforts with NonDoc.com. I remember thinking it was very cool that my teacher ran his own publication.

As the semester came to a close, Tres told our class NonDoc was planning to suspend operations. I wasn’t sure what that would mean for NonDoc, but I knew how much hard work and dedication he put into his business.

Months later, I was excited to see that NonDoc was up and running, so I applied for and received an advertising and marketing internship. I am very proud and thankful to be a part of an independent public forum that does things differently.

NonDoc’s mission is to keep their content free so we can all understand how our government functions in a simple, clear, unbiased and independent format.

We also believe the amount of funding we have received from you, our readers, is an indication of our value to the communities we cover. And, in today’s evolving media landscape, we rely on reader donations to provide you with impactful coverage. These contributions keep NonDoc’s digital lights on. Whether its contributing $20 a year or $5 a month, any amount can help.

When we temporarily ceased operations last year, readers rallied to contribute more than $8,000 in only three days. That generosity has lit a fire within us to keep our business moving, and we appreciate our supporters immensely. We write for you, and we want to be a public forum you can rely on and trust.

Without the generous donations from all of our donors, supporters and advertisers, NonDoc would not be here today.

Without NonDoc, I would not have had the opportunity to learn so much about my home state and those we elect to govern it. I want to personally thank everyone who donates to and supports NonDoc for this incredible opportunity. It has been an honor to be a part of such a special company.

If you are interested in supporting NonDoc’s independent journalism, please click here.

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Lauren Jeldy is an advertising student at the University of Oklahoma. She served as a spring 2019 advertising and marketing intern for NonDoc.
Amy Stinnett served as NonDoc's client relations manager from October 2017 through November 2018. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma. She also has served as Stand For Children Oklahoma's state operations coordinator.