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David Fritze, Executive EditorOklahoma Watch395 W. Lindsey St. Suite 3120D Norman, OK 73019
Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to produce in-depth and investigative journalism on public-policy and quality-of-life issues facing the state.
Our mission: To dig beneath the surface of issues of public importance, provide insightful analysis and reveal meaningful trends, facts, issues, underlying causes and possible solutions. Oklahoma Watch is non-partisan and strives to be balanced, fair, accurate and comprehensive. Our goal is to promote and deepen public and private debate that makes a difference in the lives of Oklahomans.
Our content: We generate original content that is distributed by media partners around the state and through our website and social media. We focus on data-driven journalism and other enterprising reporting that complements coverage in other Oklahoma and regional media. We collaborate with other news outlets. Topics of particular interest include poverty, common education, higher education, health care, children, mental health, public money, the elderly and the underprivileged. We strongly support First Amendment rights and transparency in government and we value and promote the news media's watchdog role.
Oklahoma Watch is out to ignite a
sense of urgency. Through investigative and in-depth reporting, Oklahoma Watch
is revealing the hidden facts and trends behind the state’s critical issues and
the effects of public policies on the hardships of Oklahomans. Our reports are
penetrating yet balanced and fair.
Prescription Drug Abuse: The project added pressure that resulted
in passage of a law requiring doctors to check a prescription
monitoring database to prevent patients from doctor shopping for opioid pills.
Juvenile Competency: Oklahoma is the only
state not to require competency hearings for juvenile offenders. The state’s
leading public defender credited this story with making the difference in being
able to pass a law in 2015 requiring competency.
Less Therapy for Inmates: A story that exposed how talk therapy sessions
for prisons inmates have plummeted, partly because of a shortage of
Illusion of Parity: State law requires that insurers
provide the same level of coverage for mental health as physical health. But
our package revealed that insurers can cite a loophole – “lack of medical
necessity” – to deny mental health coverage.
To monitor success, we track media
placements and meet with our media partners for editorial collaboration and
feedback. We monitor website traffic, which has grown tremendously over the
past year. We collect comments from our readers via social media and emails to
the editor. Finally, we track “Oklahoma Watch-Out” event participation and send
surveys afterward to measure success of these public forums, held quarterly to
One of example of our success was the series we produced, in conjunction with The Oklahoman, in fall 2014 on prescription drug abuse. The prescription drug laws changed in the spring and, even though legislation was moving that way, the investigative series informed the conversation and gave the bill a push forward. The main goal of the series was to raise awareness of the issues and reduce the number of overdoses and deaths. Our coverage reached out into smaller communities and rural areas of the state. We saw lots of web traffic coming from the Roland, Oklahoma area surrounding the Roland Pain Clinic article.
Another example: Oklahoma was last state in nation to require
juvenile competency sessions be held for juvenile offenders. A law was signed
by Gov. Mary Fallin recently, approving that requirement. Now we join rest of
the nation. Assistant Public Defender Ben Brown credited an Oklahoma Watch
article, saying it explained issues in detail to law makers.
Oklahoma Watch-Outs are public forums that engage policymakers, civic leaders and
the communities they serve in conversations about critical public policy
issues, including education, health care, poverty, and mental health. Events
are made relevant and accessible to all Oklahomans through radio and television
broadcasts and our 100 media partners statewide. In addition, videos of the
events are posted to the Oklahoma Watch website, which now attracts close to 70,000
page views monthly.While
past events have been proven successful, the occurrence of events has been
sporadic. Oklahoma Watch is seeking resources to increase and support their public
Oklahoma Watch-Outs exemplify
our mission, connecting the general public to public officials, asking meaningful
and sometimes difficult questions, holding leaders accountable and uncovering
solutions to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma.
How much do state officials and employees make? How much money per student does your school district spend? Is crime going up or down in your city or town? Good questions. Oklahoma Watch regularly examines public money, education and many other issues, raising questions and, in some cases, alarms. Through the Data Center, Oklahoma Watch provides readers a one-stop place to search for useful and revealing facts about public agencies, cities and towns, and the state as a whole. Is your hospital losing money? How many tornadoes strike in your area? What is the makeup of the Oklahoma Legislature? Readers can follow the money themselves.Data Center funding would help Oklahoma Watch maintain and expand collections.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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