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Reporting the report: How NewsOK and The Oklahoman covered SI's OSU investigation

by Alan Herzberger Modified: September 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm •  Published: September 13, 2013

It’s been a wild week on

We always have strong traffic at the beginning of college football season. But when the Sports Illustrated Investigation series about the OSU football program went live, the attention on NewsOK did as well.

The coverage has been interesting. It started with Berry Tramel’s report on Saturday morning. On NewsOK, we reported that SI was preparing to release a series about the program.

And the scroll that was displayed at the bottom of ESPN on Saturday was fascinating. The scroll showed that ESPN reported that The Oklahoman reported that Sport Illustrated was going to report something.

(ESPN used The Daily Oklahoman, but that’s a common mistake over the past 10-plus years.)

That’s the news cycle these days. That’s what the world of college football was talking about on Saturday. And Sunday. And Monday. It was news to know that news was coming.

Then the first story was released on Tuesday.

Everyone has an opinion about the report. There’s not enough space here to dive into SI’s report. Besides, The Oklahoman’s sports department has covered it thoroughly — just look at our ongoing coverage page.

I do have the space to express the pride that I have in our analysis on the aftermath of these reports. On NewsOK, we’ve displayed a continuous cycle of articles, blog posts and video updates that add tremendous context and perspective to this ongoing story.

Berry’s Tramel‘s point-by-point breakdown of the accusations each day is a must-read. And the live chat each morning has given readers an opportunity to get immediate feedback from sports editor Mike Sherman and other sports reporters in real time.

And I haven’t even begun to mention the dozens of other blog posts and articles that offer more facts and reactions.

It is reporting on another report. In this case, that’s what’s necessary. The SI report is the news of the week.

But when that’s what’s necessary, The Oklahoman sports department has shown how it can be done effectively, professionally and quickly.

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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