An incredible first year with the Broken Arrow Sentinel — and we’re just getting started!


It’s been a year since I made the decision to launch the Broken Arrow Sentinel, and the hard work began of helping our city reclaim a part of its soul that was lost when the Ledger was closed.

Fulfilling that mission of becoming your local news source has been a demanding, but extremely rewarding job. In 12 months, nearly 600 articles, events, announcements, and other local news items have been posted to the Sentinel’s website. Even more has been posted and shared to our Facebook page.

The Sentinel has already been ranked numerous times by Google as the #1 source for news in Broken Arrow. We started contending for that title only a few months after launch, so that shows there’s a need for local news in BA.

We’ve covered city council and school board meetings, parades, elections, ribbon cuttings, and block parties. We’ve shared happy and not-so-happy stories. We are working hard to provide the news you want to know, and the news you NEED to know.

As always, there is still work ahead to ensure we continue to grow and can do an even better job serving you, our audience. Expect to see an even more focused, personable approach to our work as the Sentinel continues to serve Broken Arrow.

Business will soon have expanded resources and customizable options to get the word out about they have to offer. We’re here not only to report the news but also help Broken Arrow’s businesses and institutions achieve their goals!

The final step in this involves you, the audience. We need you to share more of your news tips, events and happenings with us. Register for free on our website and you can start sharing your news TODAY — and it won’t cost you a dime.

Do you have suggestions on how we can do a better job serving Broken Arrow? Drop me a line and let me know!

To give credit where it’s due, none of this would have been possible without the help of Patch Labs, an organization that has devoted itself to bringing local journalism back to life in dozens of cities across the U.S. Patch Labs provided the technology that allowed the Sentinel to be launched very quickly and begin serving our readers. 

It’s vitally important for our city to have its own news source. It’s crucial to democracy, as well as to having an informed, well-educated citizenry that is active in helping to determine the city’s future.

Broken Arrow is still growing and our city has a bright future. Many of the decisions about how Broken Arrow will grow are being made NOW. It’s my mission as editor to make sure residents are not left behind in the discussions.

I can’t wait to write the next chapter in our success together. Thank you for your support!

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