Sunday, January 23, 2022

“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 mission is to produce and distribute quality journalism with context that enables civic involvement. NonDoc’s vision is to sustain reporting on under-covered civic issues while increasing public knowledge and encouraging public dialogue. NonDoc’s core values include:

  • Accuracy: We know not everyone can keep track of key details and be “in the room” where government happens, but we aim to give our readers a thorough account of events so they can make informed decisions. When we are alerted to an error, we make and note the correction. If you notice an error or a typo, please contact us at editorial@nondoc.com.
  • Fairness: We examine each story on an individual basis and strive to present all sides in an even-handed manner. We publish letters to the editors to make sure readers’ opinions are valued.
  • Transparency: NonDoc stems from the terms nondoctrine and nondoctrinaire. To us, nondoctrinaire journalism means we work to provide the public with information and a responsible forum for discussion, not a cause. All commentary and letters to the editors are marked with a yellow banner and tags. Look for corrections or editor’s notes at the top or bottom of our pieces. Scroll down to find our 990 nonprofit forms filed with the IRS.
  • Community: We aim to be present in the everyday lives of communities we cover. An informed populace supports a strong community that can grow and flourish.
  • Diversity: We value diverse voices and seek to publish commentary from a variety of worldviews. As noted in our vision statement, we hope to expand our coverage of underserved communities, especially the 39 tribal nations in Oklahoma.
  • Historical Record: We believe maintaining a robust historical record is crucial for democracy, and we try to balance the chronicling of government actions with deeper reporting about power structures, personalities and political negotiations. Click hyperlinks in our stories and look for embedded PDFs of public documents. Learn our /tag/ system to research story timelines. (For example: www.nondoc.com/tag/election2022, www.nondoc.com/tag/election2021, etc.)

Thank you for visiting our site and please consider supporting our work, which will always be free to read for everyone.

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. In 2021, our team received 10 more SPJ awards, including “Best Website,” with judges saying “Oklahomans are well-served by NonDoc.com.”

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