Editorial Independence Policy

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.

Donor & Financial Transparency

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics and special projects. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates as a public trust, we do not pay certain taxes. We may receive funds from standard government programs offered to nonprofits or similar businesses.

Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors or any revenue source. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We make public all revenue sources and donors who give $5,000 or more per year. As a news nonprofit, we avoid accepting charitable donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

Editorial Staff

Timantha Norman
Founder and Executive Editor

Timantha is a writer, editor, researcher, and policy advocate. She studied at the Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Oklahoma, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from OU, and a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in Public Policy from OU’s Tulsa campus. As a North Tulsa native, she is interested in reclaiming the history of Black Wall Street and pushing forward a community-centered narrative through the power of truth telling in written form.

Raynell Joseph
Managing Editor

Raynell is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, holding a Bachelors of Science in Business Management. She grew up in Tulsa and is passionate about elevating and building power within her community. In everything she does, she seeks to live in honor of the ancestors and in service to their descendants. 

Britni Sharde
Staff Writer

Britni, a native of Dallas, Texas, moved to Tulsa, OK in 2015 to study International Community Development at Oral Roberts University. As a Wiley College alumni, she has helped organize women’s networking events around Tulsa for Moxie Mixer and published poetry for J Parle’s best-selling The Roux 2 & 3 anthology. Britni is a natural leader and an engaging writer with a desire to utilize her varied experiences to contribute to the success of Tulsa’s growing community

Torrel Myles
Staff Writer

Torrel is a Langston University graduate student currently studying Rehabilitation Counseling in an effort to better improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. He is a governor-appointed council member of the Oklahoma Statewide Independent Living Commission and serves as a board member for Ability Resources, a Tulsa-based non-residential center for independent living. When Torrel is not advocating, studying, or writing about human and civil rights, he enjoys reading fantasy and science fiction novels, listening to lo-fi music, and playing strategy games. You can follow him on Instagram (@lerrot).

Carlos Moreno
Regular Contributing Writer

Carlos is a graphic designer at CAP Tulsa (an anti-poverty organization and national leader in early childhood education), a serial entrepreneur, writer, and community activist. Carlos also serves on the board of Urban Coders Guild, which serves to teach programming skills to disadvantaged youth, and as an Advisory Board member for the City of Tulsa’s Office of Performance Strategy and Innovation.

Lindsay Myers
Multimedia Specialist

Lindsay is a proud Tulsa native. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Public Policy from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa and is currently in her third year of pursuing a doctorate in Social Foundations of Education at Oklahoma State University. She believes in the power of community activism and is passionate about accessible learning and education.

Joseph Rushmore
Regular Contributing Photographer


Joseph is a photographer based in Tulsa and documenting life and culture in the city and around the country with a focus on the ways American history intersects with our current society and the ways we are all affected by those intersections. 

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