Ozarks Independent

is creating local news coverage of Springfield, MO, Branson & the Ozarks
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About Ozarks Independent

We’re happy to bring you the Ozarks Independent, or as we call it when we’re emailing each other, the OI. Our goal is to bring you a hyper-locally focused news source for the Ozarks.

The President does something crazy? Won’t see it here. Speaker of the House isn’t from southwest Missouri? No stories on their latest antics. There are more than enough national news sources out there to cover them. We’re locally focused.
That means you’ll hear about something from D.C. when a local representative or Senator is involved. Statewide news from outside the Ozarks will be reported when it has a direct impact on the Ozarks.

A cookie fundraising drive by Reading is Fundamental to pay for books for elementary students in local schools? You’ll see that.

A local shelter for survivors of abuse in need of donations of clothing? That’s news for us.

A local official caught skimming money off the top and putting it in their pocket? We’ll cover that too.

Our goal is to be a place where you can find trustworthy news about happenings throughout the Ozarks without spin or bias. We joke around with each other that our site is a news McDLT….the news part is news, the opinion page is the opinion. They’ll be kept separate.

Now, that means if you’re someone who only likes to see things from your political point of view, you probably won’t like us much…and that’s OK. Our goal is to have both sides of the political spectrum unhappy because we’re reporting something that reflects well on their opposition and reflects poorly upon their chosen side. If both extremes of the spectrum feel that way, then we’ll know we’re pretty close to being without bias in our coverage.

We’ll be publishing stories Monday through Friday (initially) and try to provide weekend coverage for big events when possible. (We only have one full-time staff member, so 24/7/365 coverage just isn’t feasible for us right now.) We also won’t be able to cover every single news event in the Ozarks because there’s just not enough hours in the day and cloning hasn’t been perfected yet.

We also pledge that a minimum of 10 percent of our ad space will always be dedicated to promoting non-profit groups and ministries in the Ozarks. We believe in organizations that are trying to make a difference in our community like Harmony House or Crosslines or Convoy of Hope…and the list could go on and on. The people of the Ozarks have always had a heart for helping those in need and we want to help make people aware of groups doing good work where you can give your financial support and volunteer your time.

We have two support levels...individuals and businesses.  We are open to individuals buying sponsorships in the business level if they want to donate that to a local non-profit organization...contact OI at [email protected] to discuss that with us.

If our support levels do not work for your organization or business, reach out to us at [email protected] and we'll find a way to meet your needs.

Thank you again for supporting local journalism!