This Land Press is Oklahoma's
First New Media Company
WHO WE ARE
This Land Press is staffed by a diverse, talented group of individuals who are committed to telling the story of Oklahoma, with the aim of broadening our understanding of its life and culture. Our content comes from the nation's best writers, artists, and thinkers, but our focus remains on life in the middle of America.
ABOUT OUR STAFF · OUR CONTRIBUTORS
WHAT WE STAND FOR
Oklahoma has a rich tradition of progressive thinkers. The wiry Woody Guthrie blasted his pro-social message across the nation, armed with just a guitar; today he's a folk hero. From the ashes of deep-seated racial intolerance, Ralph Ellison emerged as one of our nations most powerful African-American voices. Even Will Rogers-the homely cowboy philosopher-perpetuated a friendly mistrust of government.
If you're like most of us-or like Woody Guthrie-you might be "grumblin' and wonderin" if this land's still made for you and me. This Land Press addresses the question by exploring both Oklahoma's past and present; we want to be a place where you can sense a new enthusiasm and wonder about life in Oklahoma, while remaining critical of the injustices and absurdities that surround us.
Our mission is to chronicle life in Oklahoma through courageous, compelling stories-and to tell those stories in the most suitable medium. We encourage inclusion, tolerance, equality, diversity, integrity, creativity, critical thought, and stewardship. We believe that by attending to the world around us, we can illuminate our condition for the purpose of enhancing and celebrating its beauty and rectifying its neglect.
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WHAT IS NEW MEDIA?
New Media is an academic term that encompasses a broad school of thought about new patterns and trends in media. For us, however, New Media means the ability to deliver you relevant, interesting stories in the best & most efficient way. It also means that we publish in print, video and audio, with equal quality and energy. By focusing our attention on life and culture in the middle of America, we hope that our New Media approach simply brings you great stories how you want them, and when you want them.
From a business perspective, This Land Press is supported by both readers and advertisers. We ask that our readers subscribe to the print edition, and we offer them special perks and early access to content. You can find print copies of This Land for sale at local distributors. Our New Media approach to storytelling also allows us to offer a New Media approach to advertising. With one phone call, businesses can place an ad that will appear in print, video, audio--across a number of platforms.
NEW MEDIA IN OKLAHOMA
When the Columbia Journalism Review announced our New Media presence in Oklahoma with their article "Narrative Found," reporter Michael Meyer wrote "The significance of This Land’s expansion—and the fact that it’s being facilitated by a venture capitalist rather than the National Endowment for the Arts—can be best understood as a bet against some of the more demoralizing trends in recent media history." It's our sincere hope that our innovations in New Media will result in economic growth for our state, starting with greater opportunities for our state's creative class.
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We are as optimistic about the future of This Land as we are certain that the world of journalism is turning upside down. Michael and the growing team at This Land intend to reinvent how you—the reader…or viewer…or listener…or web—surfer—understand media. And they will do so in ways that make sense, without predispositions, always listening to our community of users.
- Vincent LoVoi, Pork Bellies and the Future of This Land
Although we're relatively new, we've already drawn national attention for our great stories
Our first issue featured Randy Potts' remarkable account "Something Good is Going to Happen to You: Growing up Gay in the Oral Roberts Family," which became a widely circulated article in both gay and religious communities when it first appeared, drawing commentary from all over the world.
Issue One also included new writing from Rivka Galchen, who has been named as one of the prestigious "40 Under 40" writers to watch out for by New Yorker magazine.
Our second issue, featuring the first in-depth report about the whistleblower Bradley Manning, was featured on the home page of both Harper's Magazine and The Daily Beast, and has been sourced by NBC's Today Show, TIME, Psychology Today, Al Jazeera, and other media outlets.
Writers like Gordon Grice, S.E. Hinton, Hank Stuever, Ron Padgett, Sarah Brown, and Jeff Martin, are among the many voices contributing to This Land.