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Places – exploring interesting spots in Oklahoma

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm •  Published: November 11, 2009

Last week, we launched a project on NewsOK that has a simple name.

It’s called “Places.

We launched with nine entries on the Places Web site. We’re going to add more each week. The goal is stated on the Places home page: “Accompany The Oklahoman’s writers and photographers as they investigate some of our state’s most intriguing places — seeing what they see, hearing what they hear and feeling what they feel.”

We think it’s pretty cool right now. But we think it will be a really cool site to visit and come back to as we add dozens and dozens of more entries into the site. We’ve already added one more this week - The Architectural Antiques and Dead People’s Stuff.

We’ve had some excellent feedback on the project, as well. Most of it is aimed at the lead writer for the project – Ken Raymond.

How enjoyable it was to read such creative writing being used to tell such a compelling story.  Senior staff writer Ken Raymond did an excellent job of pulling a sad and dirty story together into a very intense word picture which read so well that I felt as though I was looking through a camera lens.

And there’s this thought from a very appreciative reader:

Your writing is appreciated.  Thank you!!  Your style reminds me of Rick Braggs “All over but the shoutin”—one of my favorites.

And this one – another person who read some of the entries in the newspaper:

I enjoyed your piece in yesterday’s paper, “Folks of all stations ride the bus.” It was well-written and interesting. I’ll watch for your by-line again.

We also had one who found us on NewsOK.

I am very excited about this new series, Explore at Places.NewsOK.com.  There is so much to see and learn about in Oklahoma.  I applaud your efforts to make it easier.

The last person said it perfectly … “Explore.”

That’s exactly what we are aiming for with this series and this site. We want to explore Oklahoma, and we want to take you with us. We’re not going to write traditional articles on the places we visit. We’re going to channel the story-teller in us. We’re going to use our imagination and tell you what it feels like to be in that place at that time — what we see, what we smell, what we think.

We’ll add audio, slideshows and panoramic images as available to help capture the essence of that place.

So even if you’ve never been locked up at the county jail, you can say you’ve been there – thanks to Places.

by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for NewsOK.com and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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