We never charge or accept payment to run a news story, a death notice, an obituary, a court report, police report or any other news content we publish on this site.
What we are
This is a news site designed with a simple purpose in mind: We want to give you the news in the quickest, easiest format possible. Our aim is to deliver news that's happening in a format so simple that you can easily get a handle on everything going on around you in five minutes or less.
To that end, we have dispensed with a lot of the clutter you'll see on a typical news site, and instead focused on just the stories. This is by design. We don't have a lot of links for you to wade through or a lot of steps you have to take before you can get the news. Our site is here to get you up to speed quickly.
One side-effect of that method of delivering news is that our stories cover 'just the facts,' and nothing more. Our focus is on getting the news to you now, not tomorrow, as traditional newspapers have always done. If you want to read about a single story for 20 minutes and you don't mind waiting until tomorrow, newspapers are perfect for that, and we don't mind you reading them. But if you want to read what's going on right now, you're at the right place.
Is this a blog?
The simple answer is no. A "blog" is a web log of someone's opinion on whatever subject they're writing about, most often their own lives. MuskogeeNOW.com strives to keep opinion completely out of our stories, and whenever an opinion is necessary, it is clearly labeled as such. Too many news outlets try to tell you what to think about the news. We just tell you what's going on and let you make up your own mind on what to think about it.
Live corrections and clarifications
We cover news as it happens, and that means sometimes what is known about a story changes after we have initially reported it. When that happens, we will note that, and unlike many other news sources, we won't hide the fact that we had to change it as more information became available. The nature of reporting on developing news is that we learn facts and report them to you as we learn them. As those facts are modified or change, we note it in our stories.
We think this is the future of news, and our rapidly expanding readership seems to agree. Thank you for taking the ride with us!
Security, trackingAll traffic on our site is encrypted end-to-end using the most state-of-the-art encryption. What that means to you is what you're reading can't be intercepted along the way by anyone. We believe in protecting the security of our readers, which means we also don't allow advertisers to track you or plant information on your computer.
We do not allow our advertisers to track you or to place cookies or other code snippets on your computer. Sites such as Google and Facebook are notorious for tracking their users beyond their own sites to the end of targeting advertisements to you based on the other sites you look at. We find this process reprehensible, and we refuse to engage in it or allow our advertisers to use us to engage in it. We do not track anything you do outside this site, and the only things we track on this site are your IP address and which pages on MuskogeeNOW.com you look at, which helps us understand what things we're doing right.
ReadershipOur readership has grown by incredible amounts over the life of this site, and continues to grow. In 2017, our average daily readers were 46,500. Thank you for being one! We do everything to make getting the news easier for you; we believe it's our calling; the press is the only industry specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, and we take that responsibility seriously.
OwnershipmuskogeeNOW.com is owned and operated by Leif M. Wright, a longtime national award-winning reporter, editor, published author and programmer. The site is the culmination of 30 years' experience in journalism and represents the idea that newspaper, TV and radio news can never compete with "right now" online reporting.
AdvertisingOur advertising rates are far less expensive than any other media source in town. We were going to say "comparable" media source, but since we have the largest readership of any media source, we don't think the word "comparable" applies to any other media source.
Simply put, an ad on our site gives you more and better exposure than on any other media source, period, no qualifications. And we do it cheaper than them, too.
To inquire about advertising, contact us under the "About" in the main page menu, or check out our rate sheet. MuskogeeNOW.com is 100 percent advertiser supported, so please visit our advertisers to let them know you appreciate them.
We do not report names of victims of crimes if:
- The victim is a juvenile
- The crime is sexual in nature
- We believe reporting the name would hurt the victim more than it would serve the public interest
We also do not report on suicides unless one of the following criteria is met:
- The victim is a public figure
- The suicide was committed in public
- The suicide was committed as part of or as a result of another crime
In the past, MuskogeeNOW.com allowed comments on every story. However, there were several issues that caused us to stop offering that feature:
- Barrier to entry: To properly police comments, we had to ask commenters to sign up using their email addresses or use a social media platform such as Facebook to log in. The ethos of this site has always been ease of use, so those presented unnecessary hurdles that we felt were ultimately spurious
- Viciousness: The Internet has proven to be a place that encourages meanness, and we felt like our site needed to be a safe haven from that trend.
- Just the facts: Ultimately, this is a news site, not a place to discuss opinions about the news. Too many news outlets focus on opinions, on reactions to the facts. We'd rather focus on just what's happening, not what everyone thinks about it.