Another commenting discussion — a NewsOK reader weighs in
August 27, 2010
I spoke with a NewsOK user yesterday.
He called to express his concern about an article we had on the site the day before. He questioned our decision to allow comments on this story:
Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper wrecks motorcycle on I-40, flown to hospital
He knew our site well. He knew our commenting and... Read More
New ‘know it’ communities launched on NewsOK
August 26, 2010
We launched a series of new ‘know it‘ comunities this week, bringing our total number of know its to 41.
But there is something quite different about these ‘know it’ communities. The ones we launched this week are centered around geographic communities in and around central Oklahoma:
EdmondNormanMidwest... Read More
‘The Gunny’ writes my blogs for me
August 23, 2010
I’m always giving people reasons to visit NewsOK.com on a regular basis, but I rarely take the approach of “The Gunny” R. Lee Ermey, the quintessential drill sergeant from the movie Full Metal Jacket.
You better be watching NewsOK! I might just have to come out and knock on your door and adjust that... Read More
A happy winner of a MOOD giveaway
August 20, 2010
We have a MOOD giveaway each week.
It can be found on our MOOD website, which contains lots of great information about fashion, culture and cuisine. It’s a site that works in conjunction with our weekly MOOD print section on Thursdays in The Oklahoman.
After a recent giveaway, I received this message from the... Read More
Two hidden gems on NewsOK.com today
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 NewsOK.com’s massive site never seems... Read More
High school district previews available on NewsOK
August 16, 2010
The high school football season is getting close.
I know because I’ve been following the daily district previews produced by our hard-working Varsity reporters in the past few weeks.
It all began on July 17 with District c-4 (look out for Maud). District 3A-2 was released today (the coaches like Madill).... Read More
It’s official – I’m an iPhone 4 user
August 13, 2010
I should note, for the record, that I am officially (finally) an iPhone 4 owner.
After much deliberation, I chose to go with the iPhone over the HTC Evo. It was not an easy decision – and it became more difficult because it was a decision I needed to make four separate times after complications with AT&T... Read More
Reviewing the week I lost — the week of Taco Tuesday
August 12, 2010
I was vacationing during the first week of August, so I missed the ‘Taco Debacle.’
Food Dude Dave Cathey reported on the fight between Taco John and the Iguana Mexican Lounge on his blog.
OKC Central star Steve Lackmeyer reported on the controversy in a NewsOK article. Then he wrapped it up nicely with a... Read More
Store is open for the NewsOK iPhone app
July 21, 2010
We launched an iPhone application about a month ago.
There wasn’t a lot of fanfare. There was no ticker-tape parade. We didn’t shout it from the mountain tops.
But we did launch the product. It happened right before the iPhone 4 was released. The new iPhone operating system gave us a few hiccups. Frankly,... Read More
Ryne Sandberg ages on NewsOK.com
July 20, 2010
I grew up as a child spending many sweltering summer afternoons watching the Chicago Cubs on WGN.
And as a result, Ryne Sandberg was my first sports hero.
I’ve recently given up on following baseball. I’m a big sports fan, but something had to give, and baseball has been dropped from my sports to-do list.... Read More
Restaurants page added to NewsOK lineup
July 19, 2010
We added something new to Life this week.
And when I say, ‘Life,’ I’m referring to the Life navigation on NewsOK.com.
We added restaurants to the LIFE sub-navigation on NewsOK to complement our already deep food and recipes coverage we’ve always had.
It’s something we had to do. The Food/Recipes... Read More
Search the candidates in Oklahoma with our 2010 Elections Page
July 14, 2010
You’ve seen the yard signs.
You’ve probably had some people stop and talk to you while you were mowing your yard.
You know it’s coming quickly.
It’s the 2010 elections.
I know. If you’re not a political junkie, you might not be all that excited. The primary that’s scheduled for July 27 has a lot... Read More
NewsOK customer misses Story Wall project
July 02, 2010
A NewsOK user contacted us on Twitter yesterday:
@NewsOK Just wondering, is the StoryWall dead? I thought it was really snazzy, what happened? http://bit.ly/StoryWall
Coincidentally, we had just been speaking about a Story Wall project for later this summer. So we told him:
@DarrenWasHere No, not dead.... Read More
Decision time: iPhone, Evo, iPad or Blackberry?
July 01, 2010
So my Blackberry finally took all the beatings it could handle.
I was in my driveway a few weeks back saying good-bye to friends who had stopped for a visit. I pulled the Blackberry out of my pocket and it slipped out of my hand. As the phone hung in mid-air, I swung my hand down to catch it (I’m quite the... Read More
Flying with the Thunderbirds
June 24, 2010
I took the family to see the air show at Tinker Air Force Base last Saturday. It was hot — really, really, really hot. But it was fun.
Frankly, I wasn’t very excited about the show. I was going because my boys would have fun. But when I saw the planes — the power and the acrobatics — up close, it was... Read More
Getting to know those that make comments on news websites
June 23, 2010
Last week, Boston.com ran a story that many of us in the news industry found fascinating.
It was about those who spend a lot of their free time participating in comments on news websites like Boston.com (or NewsOK.com)
I think many news consumers would find it equally fascinating, since those are the... Read More
A comment about our comments
June 22, 2010
I received this piece of feedback from a NewsOK user in the state of Washington.
Thanks to whoever is responsible for deciding to disable comments on stories such as crimes and deaths. We don’t need to read the hateful comments, speculation, personal agendas, etc that people put out on other newspapers’... Read More
Conference realignment was fast and accurate on NewsOK
June 18, 2010
Yesterday, I admitted to being a soccer fan.
That’s the truth.
But I’m also a big sports fan in general. I followed the conference realignment mess intently. And frankly, I was rooting for the PAC 16 to become reality.
I can tell you this, though. The coverage offered on the NewsOK sports pages was... Read More
World Cup coverage — made specifically for NewsOK’s soccer fans
June 17, 2010
It’s true. I’m a World Cup fan.
I’m even a general soccer fan.
I don’t wear soccer jerseys, speak with a fake European accent or sneer at fellow Americans that prefer not to follow soccer.
But I am a soccer fan.
I actually followed the World Cup qualification matches over the course of the last two... Read More
A look back at NewsOK coverage the June 14 floods
June 16, 2010
A thunderstorm hit on Monday morning.
No big deal, right? It happens. We’ll deal with it.
Then, it kept raining. And it kept raining.
Pretty soon, all of us in the Oklahoma City area were affected.
What was an innocent thunderstorm became a dangerous flood.
NewsOK sprang into action. By mid-morning, as... Read More