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  • Oklahoma City Instameet winners announced

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON, tgibson@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Congrats to our overall Boathouse District Instameet winner Bo Apitz! Bo, @le_ciudad, was among about 25 photographers who gathered at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District on July 27 to explore the area with us and snap photos. He will receive a $100 gift certificate from Bedford Camera & Video and two Extreme Passes from RIVERSPORT Adventures. Other winners include @kalebnimz, @winnlosedraw, @bigkat._ and @filmmakertaylor. Thanks to everyone who came out and took photos with us. We had a great time and hope to host another Instameet soon. In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Instagram @News_OK for more gatherings and contests.

  • NewsOK Contributors ready to be the next big thing

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Contributors are the next big thing for NewsOK. As we’ve expanded in recent years, there’s always something that trends on NewsOK, making up the bulk of traffic growth. If you look at it historically, you can see the trends clearly. I’ve been here awhile, so I can point out a few.  There was the blogging […]

  • Guns, guns, guns: Anti-gun PSA inspires pro-gun PSA

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Love them or hate them, Everytown For Gun Safety’s latest round of video public service announcements about gun violence is making waves and getting people talking. Especially those who disagree with the organization. One video in particular is getting the most attention, and its goal is to urge various Senators and Representatives to push for […]

  • The Oklahoman's Facebook account is full of facts and fun

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s Facebook page is full of celebrities. Don’t believe me? James Taylor is there right now. If you want to see him, log on to Facebook and go to The Oklahoman’s page. You can enter to win two tickets to see James Taylor and his band.     Kevin Durant was there earlier this […]

  • Nashville's 'bro country' culture called out in 'Girl in a Country Song' music video

    Tiffany Gibson | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Get ready for a role reversal, country music. Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song” pokes fun at other country music videos that portray women as “pretty little things” in string bikinis and have no other purpose than to look good for a man and his friends on the weekend.  It already has more […]

  • OU fan buys TexsaSports.com to troll Texas fans after spelling error

    Richard Hall | Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    If there’s one thing the Texas Longhorns learned today, it’s to never give Sooner fans an opening to mess with you — because they will. Earlier today it was revealed the University of Texas misspelled Texas in the footer of every page of their Player Profile Media Guide. The link should say TexasSports. Instead, it […]

  • Football to family, Hollywood to Hamas -- find it all on NewsOK

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    To me, summer ends the day of the Big 12 Media Days. It’s about traffic patterns. Everything slows down just a bit during the summer. When school starts, it all picks up. In the world of digital news, the school routine coincides with the community chatter turning to football. And that happens with Big 12 […]

  • Oklahoma's road to becoming a red state

    Tiffany Gibson | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

      Oklahoma is known as the reddest state in the country, but it wasn’t always that way. MSNBC’s Luke Russert discussed the state’s political history and transformation in a segment on The Daily Rundown Monday. He pointed out that the state elected 16 straight Democratic governors from 1907 to 1963. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the […]

  • Hobby Lobby founders plan to combat 'ignorance of what God has taught' with Bible museum in D.C.

    Arianna Pickard | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    After winning a high-profile Supreme Court case last month, Hobby Lobby founder and president Steve Green wants to plant a Bible museum two blocks from Washington, D.C.’s National Mall. When the Supreme Court on June 30 overturned the Obama administration’s mandate requiring companies to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees, Barbara Green, Steve’s wife and […]

  • Malaysian flight passenger's eerie Facebook photo: 'If it disappears, this is what it looks like'

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

      “If it disappears, this is what it looks like.” That’s what a Dutch man named Cor Pan captioned a Facebook photo of his Malaysian Airlines flight, presumably making a joke about the infamous Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared on March 8. Cor’s friends joined in on the joke and commented on his post […]

  • If Oklahoma and Game of Thrones got together and created a state sigil, it'd look like this

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    HBO recently debuted a piece of fun software called Join the Realm that allows users to generate their own sigils. One redditor by the name of Boo-yay decided to create sigils for each state and territory, which he then posted on the Game of Thrones subreddit. You can check them all out here, but here’s […]

  • Instagram contest: Share your summer photos with us

    Arianna Pickard | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    What does living in Oklahoma in the summer mean to you? Tag your summer pics with #SummerInThePlains, and we’ll collect them in a gallery on NewsOK.com and print our favorites in The Oklahoman over Labor Day weekend. Whether it’s from the 1966 hit song or one of its many covers, we’re all familiar with the […]

  • NewsOK's next Instameet is set for July 27

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Let’s meet again. The Oklahoman‘s director of photography Doug Hoke will join other staff members at the Devon Boathouse on July 27 for an Instameet with the growing Instagram community. We’ve done this before. We met in the Paseo District last October, sparking web editor Tiffany Gibson to file this report on this blog: Through […]

  • Oklahoma termites: 5 things I learned while dealing with them

    Richard Hall | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    “It’s not a matter of if, but when.” That’s what Edwin Conant, owner/operator of Get’em Pest Control, told me about Oklahoma termites as he was digging a trench around my Norman home so he could apply a treatment to the soil. See, a few days before Conant came out to my property, I noticed a […]

  • Parade Magazine now available to Print Replica subscribers

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Parade Magazine appears in The Oklahoman every week. It’s packaged nicely in the Sunday paper that — if you’re like me — you bring in from the driveway Sunday mornings. In this space, I don’t usually describe retrieving the newspaper from the driveway. I usually write about how The Oklahoman or NewsOK is connecting with […]

  • Join us for another OKC Instameet

    Tiffany Gibson | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Hey Oklahoma photographers! Whether you’re a hobbyist or a pro, we’d like to invite you to come out and shoot photos with us at our next Instameet on Sunday, July 27. We’ll meet at the Devon Boathouse at 4 p.m. and spend the next two hours exploring the Boathouse District and testing out equipment from […]

  • Get your photos and videos on NewsOK Now!

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    If you have something to share with Oklahomans around the world, use NewsOK Now. It’s new and it’s an app in the iTunes store that allows users to snap a photo or take a quick video clip and upload it to our editors. If the photo is published on NewsOK.com, we’ll send you a message […]

  • OMG: President Obama did something horrible yesterday

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Love him or hate him, we can all agree President Barack Obama broke a serious, serious rule, as captured in this photograph: Pres Obama orders his burrito bowl at a Chipotle today before lunch w participants in the working families summit. pic.twitter.com/eVXgeYlYDe — petesouza (@petesouza) June 24, 2014 Do you see? DO YOU SEE?! Obama […]

  • GUNS AND SELF-DEFENSE: Map shows where guns have been used in defense of self, property

    Richard Hall | Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    There’s this website called Guns Save Lives that posts news from the firearms world, whether it’s general information about firearms and ammunition, or stories about firearms being used in self-defense. The latter bit of that is what I’m posting about today: Guns Save Lives has been constantly updating a Google Map with incidents involving a […]

  • You choose Tuesday: your vote and how to follow the results on The Oklahoman and NewsOK

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Tuesday is a big night for Oklahoma. And that means it’s a big night for NewsOK.com and The Oklahoman. Oklahoma voters will make important decisions about new leadership in open positions in Washington, D.C., at the state Capitol and in many other key positions throughout the state. NewsOK will have live coverage on Tuesday night. […]