Sold out: MyTulsa’s journalism experience expected to pack the house

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Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 05/06/2023, 1:45 PM
Edited: 05/06/2023, 1:52 PM

(TULSA, Okla.) Since the turn of the 20th century, Tulsa has experienced a wide spectrum of highs and lows- and they have all been captured by local news media in one way or another. 

On May 9, Tulsans will gather at the Tulsa Press Club and tour the Tulsa World, all to learn more about the evolution of Tulsa journalism, what it is like to be a reporter, and unique insight into Tulsa from a journalist perspective. 

The event, called “Journalism in Tulsa: A 100+ Year History” is being held by the MyTulsa Culture Club, an organization dedicated to showcasing “the people and places that make this town awesome”. 

MyTulsa Founder Cynthia Rollins moved to Tulsa in 2020. 

“Journalism is foundational in shaping our culture and helps us be informed and engaged,” Rollins said. “Many of us are new to town and looking for information sources we can trust.” 

Rollins said they first tested the concept of a culture club with the help of Builders+Backers and launched in January of 2023.

Tuesday’s event will be MyTulsa’s second, having held their premiere event at the Tulsa Club Hotel back in January. 

All proceeds from this event go directly to the Tulsa Press Club, a non-profit organization.

“Engaging with Tulsa's history by hearing directly from experts is the most fun and interesting way to learn,” Rollins said. “Attending events like these with friends—new and old—opens us up, inspires curiosity, and increases empathy for our community and each other.”

“Journalism in Tulsa: A 100+ Year History” has a two-fold impact for Tulsans. 

The first, pulling back the veil of Tulsa news media for a night of fun and enjoyment. 

The second, gently repairing the connection between news professionals and the people they serve, a relationship deeply damaged by issues such as distrust, misrepresentation, and lack of transparency.  

“Journalism helps us make sense of the world,” Rollins said. “It provides (hopefully) vetted information that gives context, helps us comprehend things that matter to us, and in some cases, inspires us to take action. The more we know about how stories are researched, prioritized, and ultimately presented to the public, the better we can understand and use that information.” 

While the upcoming event has sold out, people can still sign up for the waiting list and to be notified of upcoming events here.


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