Thursday, October 21, 2021

“I think being a liberal, in the true sense, is being nondoctrinaire, nondogmatic, non-committed to a cause – but examining each case on its merits. Being left of center is another thing; it’s a political position. I think most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they’re not liberal, by my definition of it, then they can hardly be good newspapermen. If they’re preordained dogmatists for a cause, then they can’t be very good journalists; that is, if they carry it into their journalism.”

— Walter Cronkite in a 1973 Playboy interview

 


About NonDoc

NonDoc.com is operated by the Sustainable Journalism Foundation (DBA: NonDoc Media), a nonprofit entity governed by a local board of directors in Oklahoma.

NonDoc’s editorial goals are simple and staked in “the public good.” Our governing board, editors and reporters value responsible news coverage, intelligent analysis, poignant photography and sharp humor. We strive to present our content accurately, fairly and transparently.

We seek to publish diverse, interesting voices while serving as “a filter” and not a funnel, highlighting quality work from local and national sources while providing extra information and insight when possible. In addition to traditional reportage, we regularly feature commentary and opinion pieces from across the political spectrum. Our hope is you find yourself a little more informed and engaged by content that matters in our city and our world.

Good journalism and respectful public dialogue benefit every community, and at NonDoc we offer a forum for the engaged and curious reader. Thank you for visiting our site, and please consider supporting our work.

Board members of the
Sustainable Journalism Foundation

Hossein Dabiri

Hossein Dabiri is an Oklahoma City native who believes in independent local journalism as a public resource. He received his degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2012 and has worked as an immigration attorney specializing in deportation defense. He is currently a student in the OU College of Medicine, and in January 2021 he became chairman of the Sustainable Journalism Foundation board.

Michael Duncan

Michael Duncan is an Oklahoma City lawyer and Norman resident who was a newspaper reporter three decades ago when they still used ink. He photographs and writes about people, places and things.

Jim Quillen

A CPA by training, Jim Quillen has worked in many fields during his career, including recruiting, sales, business development, finance, auditing, training and software implementation. He is a native Oklahoman.

Victoria Still

Victoria Still, a graduate of Southern Methodist University, has a professional background in digital marketing and craft beer. In 2018, she decided sleep was for the birds, started her own business, and became a mother — the latter of which makes her most proud.

Warren Vieth

Warren Vieth is a retired journalist with nearly 40 years of reporting, editing and teaching experience that took him from Oklahoma to Washington D.C. and back again. He joined the board of directors for the Sustainable Journalism Foundation — which oversees NonDoc — in January 2021.

Tres Savage

William W. Savage III (Tres) holds a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. He worked in community health care for six years before helping launch NonDoc.com in 2015. He serves as the site’s editor in chief and is a nationally certified Mental Health First Aid instructor. In January 2021, he transitioned from Sustainable Journalism Foundation board chairman to an ex officio and non-voting seat on the board.

990 IRS nonprofit tax return filings

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Sustainable Journalism Foundation (DBA: NonDoc Media) files 990 forms annually with the IRS.

These forms outline our mission, our governance, our fundraising and our expenses. In particular, individual donors and charitable sponsors who provide more than $5,000 in a given year are listed within. Our first 990 as a charitable organization for the year 2020 can be viewed here.

History of NonDoc Media

While our mission has remained consistent, our organization’s structure has changed over the years, as documented by the following timeline:

  • NonDoc Media launched Sept. 1, 2015.
  • Founder Andrew Rice sold NonDoc to his editors — Tres Savage and Josh McBee — on July 1, 2016.
  • Rosemary Meacham-Zittel and Dr. Ashiq Zaman joined the company in 2016.
  • Longtime managing editor Josh McBee stepped away from NonDoc to pursue other interests Feb. 1, 2019.
  • In December 2019, NonDoc Media transitioned to nonprofit operations as the Sustainable Journalism Foundation (DBA: NonDoc Media). Former co-owners Rosemary Meacham-Zittel and Dr. Ashiq Zaman ended their site ownership, and a nonprofit board of directors was appointed.
  • Our 501(c)(3) application as the Sustainable Journalism Foundation (DBA: NonDoc Media) was approved in August 2020.
  • In January 2021, veteran journalist Warren Vieth joined our board of directors, and editor in chief Tres Savage transitioned to an ex officio and non-voting seat on the board.

Print republication policy

In June 2020, NonDoc announced that print publications within the state of Oklahoma can republish original NonDoc content in their print editions.

Editors wishing to republish a NonDoc piece in print just need to alert us by emailing republish@nondoc.com and following some simple rules:

  • Bylines must include the author’s name and “NonDoc.com”;
  • If a piece needs to be trimmed significantly for space limitations, you must ask us for guidance via republish@nondoc.com or by contacting us another way;
  • If a piece is labeled “commentary” on NonDoc, it must be noted as “commentary” or “opinion” in print. (Our yellow “commentary” label appears above the featured photo on our articles).

Correction policy

NonDoc Media corrects errors of fact identified in the pieces we publish. Corrections are noted by time and date at either the top or bottom of a piece, depending upon the significance of the fact error originally published. The error itself is described generally within the correction notation, but it is not repeated.

Social media posts identified to contain errors of fact are rarely deleted but are edited when possible or replied to with a note of the corrected information. To alert us about an error of fact on our site, please contact one of our editors.

Awards

In May 2018, the Oklahoma chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored NonDoc with five awards for our content. In May 2019, NonDoc won eight more Oklahoma SPJ awards, including “Best Website” for the second year in a row. In 2020, NonDoc received nine more Oklahoma SPJ honors.

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