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A week on NewsOK: Jumping off a building, a Thunder victory and a Royal Wedding

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm •  Published: April 29, 2011

If your friends jumped off a cliff …

Two guys jumped off the under-construction Devon Tower on Sunday morning (it was so early that you might still consider it to be Saturday night). How did they get up there? Where did they land? Why would they do such a thing? Were they arrested? You have to read the story to find out all the answers. Actually, you might not get all the answers — the ‘why’ remains elusive. Regardless, we had a story on Sunday, and it was so popular that we left it in a prominent spot on the site on Monday.


Cram for the marathon

I led with this two weeks ago, but it’s worth mentioning again. The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is just a couple days away, so I have just one more chance to let you know about our page devoted to the event. We have an outstanding interactive piece, some great stories and a terrific blog from some OPUBCO employees that are running this year. I recommend checking it out this weekend.


A humble Mr. Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer told his tale of becoming a social media superstar in his column this week: “On Sunday, I topped 2,000 followers, and I’m listed on 124 ‘news lists.’ Consider carefully that many of these folks know I’m a social media curmudgeon who joined the conversation kicking and screaming.” Steve wrote this column to admit publicly how wrong he was about the power and usefulness of social media. Steve is many things … a blogger, a Twitter star, a personality, a top-shelf reporter … but he’s also clearly self-assured enough to confess his own social media sins.


The aftermath of a Thunder loss

We all stayed up late to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Denver Nuggets in Game 4 of their first-round series on Monday night. We woke up Monday morning to a ‘Thunder-storm’ of Russell Westbrook debate. Did he shoot too much? Was he arguing too much? Does the Thunder have a big problem? Darnell Mayberry weighed in. Berry Tramel weighed in. Sports Editor Mike Sherman weighted in. Thunder star Kevin Durant and coach Scott Brooks weighed in. Berry finally asked the tough questioned to Westbrook on Tuesday at practice – the video is below (scroll way to the bottom). It was the story of the day on Wednesday — as it well should have been. What all the commotion and concern shows me is just how popular the Thunder is. It shows just how much this community is hanging on the swinging moods and every movement of the team. That’s the stuff of sports fanatics. Hyper-analysis and over-reaction of sports fans … it’s not just for college football anymore. At NewsOK, we’re more than happy to help you get all the info you need to feed your sports hunger. We’re right there with you.


The glory of a Thunder victory

Oh, and by the way, the Thunder went out and won Game 5 in Oklahoma City in the team’s most thrilling victory yet. If you thought fans were upset after Game 4, you can only guess how happy they were after Game 5. Again … this sports stuff in Oklahoma isn’t just for college football anymore.


The blood-alcohol level story of the week

This week’s “we-can’t-possibly-make-this-stuff-up” story came on Tuesday when a man was arrested behind the wheel of his car and an hour tested with a .35 blood-alcohol level. We can’t make it up, but we wish we did.


Arts Festival coverage

We made a point this week to drive our users to our Arts page under the A&E main navigation choice. It was, after all, late April — which means the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts. It’s a very colorful page this weekend, and I encourage you to see all we have to offer with our Arts coverage. This is the perfect weekend for that.


Norman Music Festival coverage

We are covering the Norman Music Festival this weekend with the same plan. We’re using our Music page under the A&E main navigation choice. You can find all the coverage from George Lang, all the videos from our video team and all the Twitter posts with the #nmf tag. It’s all right there on our Music Page this weekend.


Static again

Speaking of music, George Lang launched another episode of Static this week — this time it featured local artist Jabee. This episode was another set of performances from George’s and videographer Kyle Robert’s trip to the SXSW Festival in Austin. It’s good stuff. Watch it now … and turn the volume up.

A fan of the baby elephant

We received this piece of feedback this week about our Elephant Nation page and live camera. It was from a NewsOK reader in Illinois: “Got to see the baby for the first time for a few seconds.  oh dear, I have tears but good tears.  Can not thank you enough for sponsoring the cam.  Elephants of the world can use all the fans possible.  …  High regards to your team and thank you.” Making an impact by sharing information. That’s what we like to do. I’m glad we helped this user.


A storm that wakes us up

A major storm took over national news this week. We woke up Thursday morning to news that was more significant than we really thought when we went to sleep Wednesday night. 300 people … that’s way too many.  It was a sad story, one that we unfortunately know a little too well. We had lots of coverage on Thursday. We had continuous updates on the story, plus an interactive graphic on tornadoes in 2011, a series of videos from our NDN Video player that helps us cover national news, and a huge photo gallery with 176 photos of the devastation.


Most-viewed article

Remember the article I mentioned earlier about the two guys who jumped off the under-construction Devon Tower. Yep. That’s the one you read the most this week.


Most-viewed blog post

Remember the Thunder controversy I mentioned earlier about the number of shots Russell Westbrook took? Yep. Berry Tramel’s blog post about the issue led the way for all our bloggers.


Most-viewed photo gallery

Remember the photo gallery of the severe storms that killed more than 300 in the south? Nope. That didn’t lead the gallery charge. Instead, it was our photo gallery of the Royal Wedding. That gallery had more than 200 photos. And yes — I think her gown was stunning.


Most-viewed video

Remember how Berry Tramel and Darnell Mayberry covered the mistakes of Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in Game 4 against Denver. Well, the video of Berry’s questions to Westbrook and Durant topped our video views for this week. It’s good stuff.

Have a great weekend!


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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