Red Dirt Report was launched July 4, 2007 as an independent website covering all manner of news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle stories that affect and interest Oklahoma readers and readers outside of our state. Our mission is to educate, promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, government and politics. Our experienced journalists provided balanced in-depth coverage of news stories that affect Oklahomans. Our opinion/editorial stories come from a wide range of political view points. We carry out our mission by reporting, writing, and posting news and information.
Red Dirt Report is committed to encouraging young journalists through our Junior Red Dirt Reporter Mentor and Scholarship Program. Students in high-school and undergrad can submit a writing sample and personal statement to qualify for the program. Students in the program will be listed on the website as Junior Red Dirt Reporters. Students in the program will work with Red Dirt Report staff to develop and write stories. Red Dirt Report staff will work with students in the program to develop their journalism skills. Scholarship recipients are selected each year on December 15th from the program.
We are committed to free speech and the First Amendment and we will write about whatever we please, in the words of the late, martyred abolitionist and newspaper publisher Elijah P. Lovejoy.
“But, gentlemen, as long as I am an American citizen, and as long as American blood runs in these veins, I shall hold myself at liberty to speak, to write, to publish whatever I please on any subject - being amenable to the laws of my country for the same.” Elijah P. Lovejoy
RDR Originals features all of our reporters and contributing writers. This is a great section for following your favorite Red Dirt journalist.
Red Dirt News features stories covering Oklahoma news and politics.
Around the World features National and International news.
Prairie Opinions are opinion/editorial pieces mainly focused on Oklahoma issues.
Dust Devil Dreams is for all you synchronicity fans.
Sweet Crude includes Rusty’s Reads, Rusty’s Music, and Rusty’s Film sections.
Red Dirt Grit covers news of the strange and weird.
Slice O’ Life includes Rusty’s Free Time, Rusty’s Eats and The Score, our sports section.
Coming Soon - Five n' Dime, the Red Dirt Report Store