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Two hidden gems on today

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm •  Published: August 18, 2010

I look at virtually every page on NewsOK, just so I always know what every page looks like.

I work on a schedule, looking at a handful (actually, more than a handful) of pages every day. It only takes a few minutes a day that way, and the process of evaluating every page on’s massive site never seems too daunting.

Doing this as part of my daily routine helps me know if we have given the proper consideration and editing attention on some of our inside pages. It helps me notice when we don’t have the correct articles on the correct pages. It helps me run across issues where we might have dated information on an Ongoing Coverage page.

In almost all cases, our stellar online editing staff has everything looking great on every page, but on occasion I’ll see something that needs a tweak.

But what it really does for me is this: I see great content that I might have missed.

Take today, for example.

I was scheduled to take a look at our Watchdog page – a great page that houses the incredible coverage from our Watchdog desk. I saw today that we had the correct stories being played up on the page, but then I saw the most recent blog post from investigative reporter Michael Baker. It was a thoughtful account of his experience in covering the clemency request of death-row inmate Jeffrey David Matthews

I’m a firm believer that an execution must be covered. It’s the highest form of punishment the law allows and should receive the media’s full attention.

Baker provided great insight and background on the story – a perfect blog post for our Watchdog blog. And it was something I easily would have missed had I just scanned the front page of NewsOK.

Then I moved from the Watchdog page to the Golf page (I like to jump around on the topics each day). On the golf page, I saw that we were appropriately playing up Berry Tramel’s column from Monday about the end of the PGA Championship on Sunday. I missed that column when it was brand new, but running across it today was perfect. As a reader, I felt Berry’s opinion was spot-on.

It cheated golf fans and those who might be interested in becoming golf fans, which the sport needs all that it can find, in this post-Tiger-dominance era.

These pieces of content found deep within’s pages highlight just how deep and rich our content truly is. I look at NewsOK’s main pages every day, and I missed these two gems when they were originally released. Sometimes, it takes some clicking around to truly discover the depth that we deliver.

I’m living proof that if you take the time to click around, you’ll be impressed with all that we deliver free of charge.

by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for 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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