A visit with Henry Bellmon
March 02, 2009
It’s amazing the cool things you can find on NewsOK.com – especially if your looking deep into the site, especially on a Monday morning.
Take our story on former Gov. Henry Bellmon, for example.
It was on Page 6-A of The Oklahoman on Sunday.
It was on the home page of NewsOK.com Sunday morning.
But the... Read More
Jim Chastain series reaches Chapter Two status
February 27, 2009
Chapter Two of the Jim Chastain series published in The Oklahoman on Sunday.
In case you missed it, check out the Jim Chastain page on NewsOK. It has a great design (creative director Scott Horton), great videos (photographer John Clanton), great writing (reporter Ken Raymond), great blog and — most of all —... Read More
Oscar night showcases entertainment depth on NewsOK
February 24, 2009
Sunday night was a big night for NewsOK.
It was the Super Bowl for the motion picture industry — The Oscars.
I watched it. I also read the live chat with George Lang and Matt Price during the show.
Sure, I was curious if “Milk” or “Slumdog Millionaire” would win the Best Picture. But I really wanted... Read More
Unusual Thursday on NewsOK.com
February 20, 2009
NewsOK.com gets really good traffic on a daily basis.
But we got an extra boost on Thursday.
It started when we posted our article about Chip Harrison and his unfortunate run in with an Oklahoma City police officer.
It was an interesting read, that’s for sure.
And it went viral – first on the Drudge... Read More
New videos added to sports pages
February 17, 2009
NewsOK.com added more beef to its basketball coverage this week.
We partnered with AthletixNation, allowing us to embed their video content – namely Big 12, Pac 10 and SEC basketball and football highlights — on our Web site.
What does that mean for you?
It’s simple math …. you now get a lot more... Read More
Tornado coverage goes live on NewsOK
February 13, 2009
We planned for possible severe weather coverage on Tuesday morning.
We transitioned from possible severe weather coverage to big time severe weather coverage Tuesday afternoon.
We took shelter as the storm approached our building (but we worked to inform you in our makeshift basement offices).
We chased the... Read More
Grammys are gone; Oscars coverage on alert
February 09, 2009
The Grammys were last night.
I didn’t see a second of the show. I missed the whole thing. Didn’t matter, though. I got the full recap on NewsOK.com, thanks to George Lang’s StaticBlog. Good stuff there — great images, great commentary and lots of comments from our visitors.
Now that the Grammy’s... Read More
Missing links on Signing Day coverage
February 05, 2009
We covered college football signing day yesterday. It’s always a sizable traffic driver for NewsOK.com during what is traditionally one of our slower months of the year (we would prefer giving February another couple of days every year).
We’re proud of all the live coverage – the live chat, the press... Read More
YOU! page on NewsOK provides break from busy news
February 03, 2009
I’m taking a moment in this slow February news day (slow, that is, if you’re not Tom Daschle or any other Obama nominee) to show off the page we recently revamped in our Life section.
by The Oklahoman’s Features department every Thursday. It began a few years back after some brainstorming, some prototyping... Read More
Golf page beefed up after visitor’s question
January 29, 2009
We received this message this week from a longtime subscriber:
I was a long term subscriber of OPUBCO “over 50 years” until my subscribtion was cancelled because of where I live, so I now rely on our computer connection to obtain scores, articles, etc.
The newspaper always reported the players, scores,... Read More
Comments from our live winter weather chat
January 28, 2009
I could write a long time about NewsOK.com’s coverage of the ice storm (which is finally melting away as we speak). But plenty has been written already by Poynter Online, by the Newspaper Association of America and by our own David Morris.
I can only add one note to what they’ve already said …. We... Read More
Learning more about Jim Chastain
January 26, 2009
A reader sent an e-mail last week with a question about our page about Jim Chastain – ‘Life is Real’: Writing the Final Chapters.
Is there any way possible to get word to Jim Chastain ??? I want to contact him about his news article and encourage him. If I mailed my message to you could you get... Read More
Visitors missing comments on stories today
January 21, 2009
We received this message at 8:37 a.m. today:
The comment engines on www.newsok.com appear to be out of order. None of the stories have comments and none of the comments are “sticking.” I find it rather strange that its now 8 AM and there are “0″ comments about the Obama inauguration front page story. It... Read More
Inauguration coverage update
January 20, 2009
I wrote yesterday afternoon about our planned Inauguration coverage. We planned to use the live feed from C-Span, which was working well until the traffic grew to about 20,000 viewers for that feed.
Thanks to OPUBCO Communications Group’s director of video David Morris and his team, we quickly switched to... Read More
Inauguration ’09 to be covered thoroughly on NewsOK
January 19, 2009
We’ve already started blogging.
We’ve already begun feeding live video – thanks to our friends at C-Span.
And we have tons of content to read, watch and discuss.
You don’t want to miss our Inauguration ’09 page, where we will be publishing updates from people at the scene (our own Carrie... Read More
Photo galleries page provides outlet for thousands of images
January 16, 2009
On any given day, I can prove that the NewsOK site is much deeper than you thought.
Today, I bring you the Photos page, a subsection of our Multimedia Page.
We have hundreds of galleries, categorized and archived by section. But when we re-launched this page along with our re-vamped Multimedia page a couple... Read More
Watchdog page live on NewsOK
January 14, 2009
We launched a new page last week.
We’re telling you about it this week.
And you’ll see much more from it in future weeks.
The Watchdog page is officially live on NewsOK.com.
What is the watchdog team? Nothing says it better than the page itself:
The Oklahoman Watchdog team is a dedicated group of... Read More
Chapter One of Jim Chastain’s ‘Life is Real’ released
January 12, 2009
The much-anticipated Chapter One of the ‘Life is Real’ site was released on Sunday in The Oklahoman and on NewsOK.com.
The narrative was powerfully descrptive and to the point. The design was effectively simple. And the photography brilliantly sets the mood.
It yet another great example of... Read More
NewsOK speedy again after BCS hangover
January 09, 2009
At 10:31 a.m. this morning, we received two questions from a NewsOK visitor. Here’s the first part:
do you realize your website is completely unusable today?
Yes – we realized that we were suffering from site performance problems for a significant part of the morning today. It was bad timing, since we were... Read More