Oklahoma Media Center


Oklahoma Media Center (OMC) is a collaborative of print, digital, and broadcast newsrooms working cooperatively to cover pressing issues facing the public.

OMC’s mission is to support and strengthen Oklahoma’s local journalism ecosystem and spur innovation through statewide collaboration that benefits diverse audiences.

In 2020, the new collaborative focused first on developing and sharing local and regional news content related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on communities in Oklahoma. Over time, the Center’s cooperative news reporting and curation will evolve to include other topics of strong significance to residents of the state. The Center also provides business development resources for partner organizations.

This project is funded by the Inasmuch Foundation and Walton Family Foundation and is managed by the Local Media Foundation. The funding is providing a local team to lead the journalism efforts — project manager, data journalist and community relations manager. LMA is managing the business transformation strategy, working with all OMC media partners on their business performance, and providing training and one-on-one coaching. The funding covers the creation of this website and filing for 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax status.


2021 Innovation Fund

The 2021 Oklahoma Media Center Innovation Fund is an opportunity for partners of the Oklahoma Media Center to receive stipends designed to test new business models and find new ways to engage and reach diverse audiences.

The Inasmuch Foundation has provided the funds to the Local Media Foundation to execute and manage this program designed to support journalism projects that will inform and educate the citizens of Oklahoma.

Click here for more details on application requirements. Deadline is March 31.


Partners

Since launch, OMC has grown to more than 20 Oklahoma journalism partners, including newspapers, broadcasters and digital news outlets:

Big If True, CNHI Oklahoma, Curbside Chronicle, The Frontier, Gaylord News, Griffin Communications, KFOR, KGOU, KOSU, The Lawton Constitution, Moore Monthly, Mvskoke Media, NonDoc, The O’Colly, Oklahoma City Free Press, The Oklahoma Eagle, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma Watch, Osage News, StateImpact Oklahoma, Tulsa World, Telemundo Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma Student Media and Verified News Network.


Criteria

• Professional news media organizations: Defined as persons possessing and exercising journalism skills, which are not affiliated with elected officials, lobbyists, special interest groups, partisan political parties or groups, or public relations organizations, and which adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Code of Ethics

• Ownership: OMC will not accept partners owned by companies or entities engaged in partisan political activities.

• Opinion: Partners that produce opinion journalism are permissible as long as that is not their sole purpose, and also do traditional reporting. Opinion content should be clearly designated as such.

• Frequency: Frequency of publishing must meet OMC MOU requirements.

• Affiliates: Affiliate partners may be considered on a project-by-project basis and would be considered temporary partners.

• Geography: An OMC partner must either have a physical presence in the state or have a significant part of its coverage area in Oklahoma.

• Work product: Members are responsible for their own content and such independent work may not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the OMC partnership.


Topics

The OMC partners developed a 2020 set of topic ideas, within the overall education scope, for initial investigation and reporting, including:

● Technology and the digital divide

● Curriculum and teaching approach

● Extracurricular activities and socialization

● Funding and spending

● Physical and mental health

● Effects of housing dislocation

● Effects on nontraditional education modes


Contact

To get in contact with Oklahoma Media Center please reach out to Rob Collins, project manager, at rob.collins@localmedia.org