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Jim Chastain site launches on NewsOK

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Charlotte Lankard, a marriage and family therapist and a longtime contributor to The Oklahoman and, brought an idea to us.

She had a friend, Jim Chastain, who was dying with cancer. He considered himself an “open book,” so he was open to the idea of working with The Oklahoman and NewsOK in his journey.

There’s one thing the journalists here love – it’s a good story. And this is a good story.

We had an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Oklahomans, starting first and foremost with Jim’s. But it is all possible because of Jim’s foresight and willingness to invite the world into his struggle.

We met with Jim to make sure we were all clear of the goals — telling the story of his journey toward death in order to heighten awareness in our society of the fact that “Life is Real” and we’re all going to face this same journey.

Then we found the best journalists we could find to help tell his story: Senior reporter Ken Raymond and photojournalist John Clanton.

The rest is here at

Jim, Charlotte, Ken and John can tell the story (and will in the coming weeks and months) far better than I can describe, so I’ll stop typing now and let you read their stories, videos and blogs.

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Alan Herzberger

Alan Herzberger is the Vice President of Audience Development at The Oklahoman Media Company. He focuses on digital strategies for The Oklahoman and for He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports department.... Read more ›