See a snapshot of Oklahoma in 2010 with the Outlook page
April 30, 2010
The biggest newspaper of the year came out on Sunday. It was our annual ‘Outlook’ section that takes a strong look at where we are as a community and where we are going as a state.
It’s always a fun read and a terrific snapshot of Oklahoma City and the surrounding state.
We always have a page that houses... Read More
The depth of NewsOK — it’s a passion
April 23, 2010
I tweeted this morning.
That’s what happens when I’m overcome with enthusiasm.
Amazing depth of coverage from @newsoksports. NFL Draft: http://newsok.com/sports/nfl OKC Thunder: http://newsok.com/sports/thunder #newsok
The tweet pretty much says it all. It says how I feel in 140 characters (I used every... Read More
An evening of breaking news in Edmond
April 16, 2010
I sat quietly at the Edmond Soccer Club field yesterday evening, awaiting the end of my 9-year-old’s soccer practice. The coach was talking to the team and about to release them. I sat on nearby bleachers watching my 5-year-old jump from bleacher to bleacher and waiting for him to fall and injure himself again.... Read More
A night of journalism awards (and work)
April 13, 2010
I was lucky enough to attend the 2009 Carl Rogan Awards banquet Saturday night in Tulsa.
It was a nice drive, a nice dinner and some nice conversations with colleagues.
I even sat at the table with Ken 2.0 (and, yes, he was still eating reasonable portions).
But the honors made the night truly memorable.... Read More
Public records dispute can be seen on one NewsOK page
April 08, 2010
The Oklahoman is sitting in the middle of a controversy.
It’s been there for weeks — actually, months.
The debate centers around the availability of public records, something journalists generally feel strongly about. They (or at least the ones in our newsroom) are passionate about the issue for one reason:... Read More
Join Ken Raymond on his trip from fat to fit
April 05, 2010
Last week, we started a new project on NewsOK.com.
It’s called “Ken 2.0: From Fat to Fit,” starring our own reporter Ken Raymond.
Ken is an outstanding writer and a first-class journalist. But that much was clear well before this project began.
What we didn’t necessarily know was the extent of Ken’s... Read More
Taylor Swift lands on Planet 46
March 31, 2010
Today is the big day.
Taylor Swift is in town.
It’s important, because she’s my future daughter-in-law (so promises my 5-year-old son). He honestly believes that Ms. Swift is his girlfriend.
That sounds silly, until I realize that I never even spoke to my first girlfriend in fourth grade. We never had a... Read More
I might have to finally get an iPhone (or something similar)
March 30, 2010
I love iPhones.
I know how to use an iPhone. We own an iPhone in my family.
But I’ve always defended the trusty Blackberry.
It never breaks. It’s made of concrete and steel. On the other hand, if you look at an iPhone funny, the screen cracks.The keyboard is very easy to use.It takes good photos.I can take... Read More
‘Book of Hope’ nDepth piece put things in proper perspective
March 29, 2010
This morning, I was frustrated with my Kindergarten-age son.
He showed me a large poster sheet that was filled with questions for him to fill out.
Awesome. Looks like fun.
He’s supposed to tape photos of himself and of his family, as well as answering a series of questions about himself.
Super. Can’t... Read More
OKC Skyline cam makes its debut on NewsOK
March 22, 2010
I know my blog doesn’t have the power of OKC Central.
And I know Steve Lackmeyer has already told his readers about the OKC Skyline cam that we launched a special coverage page this weekend.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t get back into the blogging swing with a post about what Steve has already told you... Read More
Branding articles on NewsOK
March 01, 2010
We launched some functionality in the last week or so that we hope draws more attention to some of our deep coverage.
On many of our articles you might notice some images above the headlines that draw attention to pages deep within our site. They look something like this:
We call then ‘article branding.’ We... Read More
Change of Heart – the story of Dr. Nazih Zuhdi
February 17, 2010
I hope you didn’t miss our latest installment of our nDepth series this week.
We featured Dr. Nazih Zuhdi, who is a world-renowned heart surgeon famous for his 1985 procedure — the first heart transplant in Oklahoma.
Reporter Susan Simpson told the story from many different angles. My favorite line in the... Read More
Stepping inside (virtually) the round barn for the first time
February 09, 2010
I’ve driven past the round barn in Arcadia a few times.
I’ve heard people talk about it as a landmark.
I know seemingly everybody who has spent a decent amount of time in Oklahoma knows about it.
But I’ve never been inside the round barn.
In the latest installment of NewsOK’s Places... Read More
Berry Tramel offers wise advice for multitasking with laptop
February 08, 2010
I’m going to use another blog post to quote sports writer Berry Tramel. This question from a reader came from Berry’s mailbag blog post from Saturday.
Don: “This is the FIRST TIME I have ever read a blog. The term itself is annoying. Can you tell I may be a senior citizen? I enjoy your stories and comments.... Read More
Take a tour of the state capitol building
February 05, 2010
I blogged about the new page for Political coverage earlier this week. It’s called NewsOK Politics: Your News for Your Governement.
But I failed to mentioned the most fun piece of the project – An interactive map of the Oklahoma State Capitol.
It was produced by Todd Pendleton and Brian Mays with the... Read More
Signing Day 2010 – NewsOK covers the stars of tomorrow
February 04, 2010
From the in-case-you-missed-it department, I present the NewsOK coverage of Signing Day 2010.
The funny thing is, I realized the impact of our signing day coverage when I looked back at the coverage we put together in 2009.
As I looked at our 2009 coverage, I saw the page and the video interview with had with... Read More
NewsOK Politics: Your news for your government
February 03, 2010
We launched a new enhanced section front this week.
What’s an ‘enhanced section front,’ you ask?
Basically, it’s our way of telling our audience that we’re focusing on certain areas of coverage. It’s our way of guaranteeing the best coverage of certain topic.
Let’s just take a look at the... Read More
A note about weather closings and changing habits
January 29, 2010
On Wednesday night, the NewsOK WeatherWatch iPhone application was live on the app store. It was perfect timing, too, since Winter Storm 2010 was bearing down on the state.
Now, I don’t use an iPhone on a daily basis. I use my OPUBCO-issued Blackberry Curve (and I like it). My lovely wife Jenny, however, uses... Read More
Something is going on with Apple
January 27, 2010
Yesterday, I saw this post on Twitter – only because someone I follow re-tweeted it:
OK, the newborn next door and my dead grandfather have finally released their Apple Tablet Speculation articles. Phew, that’s everyone ever.
This post came from Jason Santa Maria from Brooklyn, N.Y. It was one of many... Read More
Screwdrivers, condoms and Penguin Boy — just another NewsOK feature
January 26, 2010
I read this paragraph last week on NewsOK.com:
Penguin Boy makes the most of it. He moves around the stage, letting people see that he does, in fact, have a common household tool buried in his nasal cavity. Then he pulls the screwdriver out, and the condom remains in his nose.
It’s an interesting excerpt –... Read More