Oklahoma Watch receives $20K grant for live event series

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The nonprofit news site Oklahoma Watch received a $20,000 grant this week that will support a series of public forums.

Oklahoma Watch will use the grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation, based in Oklahoma City, to offer “Oklahoma Watch-Out,” a series of community forums on issues facing the state. Running into 2016, the events will feature panels of state policymakers, civic leaders and experts who will answer questions from Oklahoma Watch Executive Editor David Fritze. Topics will include poverty, mental health and education.

Oklahoma Watch produced more than 200 stories, graphics, videos and audio pieces last year. The nonprofit is based at the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Norman.