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Outlook is coming!

Outlook 2013 is hitting your doorsteps, driveways and newsstands on Sunday. Your edition of The Oklahoman in print will be much thicker than normal as five special sections are added.

This year’s edition focuses on Oklahoma in 2033. What will our city and state look like in the future?

Our night news director, Yvette Walker, serves as the Outlook Editor. She plans, assigns, edits and organizes for months — all while doing her normal everyday job of putting out The Oklahoman and while also caring for every evening.

So here’s a six-second Vine update that signifies her relief that the entire project is complete.

Next week, I’ll post the live Google Hangout that Yvette hosted with special guests who participated in the Outlook Instagram photo contest. You can also find links to the Outlook 2013: Cities of the Future section on on Monday.


Meet Anthony Slater

If you like sports, you’ll be seeing more and more of Anthony Slater.

Anthony Slater
Anthony Slater

I hired Anthony as the sports web editor for, which means he’ll be blogging, reporting, editing and, well, doing pretty much everything on the NewsOK Sports web pages. He started just in time for the NBA Playoffs and was sitting court-side this week at Chesapeake Energy Arena editing NewsOK’s live coverage, running our live chats, posting updated blogs and managing our live Twitter coverage during the first two games of the Thunder’s first-round series against the Houston Rockets.

If you are thinking that you already know Anthony, it’s because he was previously an intern for The Oklahoman’s sports department, serving primarily as a blogger. So it’s a natural progression for him to move into the role as the sports web editor for NewsOK.

Get used to Anthony. He’ll be all over our site in the months to come.


Live coverage articles

Speaking of Anthony and our sports coverage, I invite you to see our live coverage of Thunder games. See our live analysis inside a NewsOK article (usually reported through Twitter posts) from reporters at the game which allows you to see immediate professional analysis.

Here’s the recap from Game 1.

Sometimes, we even pull in analysis from reporters from other markets. In the current example, you can see updates from Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle alongside Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater, John Rohde, Mike Sherman and others. You can also see a live box score or participate in a live chat if you want your voice to be heard.

Our live game coverage is really pretty cool. If you have a laptop, an iPad or a smart phone near you as you sit in your recliner and watch the Thunder, you really need to log onto or NewsOK Sports. It’s a great way to entertain yourself during the timeouts and between the fouls.


Norman Music Festival

Speaking of live coverage articles … George Lang and his music posse (that’s the name of George’s make-believe band, I think) are covering the Norman Music Festival this weekend using the same live coverage techniques. It started on Thursday night and will continue through the weekend.



There’s really no better way to follow an event that you are not able to attend. The article is full of pictures, updates, videos, etc. Keep an eye on this coverage today and Saturday. It will be available on NewsOK’s home page and on NewsOK Mobile.



This week was full of 1913. It started on Sunday when Matt Patterson’s nDepth – Stories of the Ages piece about the Century Chest was unveiled on NewsOK. The chest has been in the basement at the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City for more than 100 years, when it was called the First English Lutheran Church.

The nDepth piece whet our users’ appetites. Then came Monday, when the chest was opened:

As the patent leather shoes were removed from their box at the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City on Monday, members of the assembled crowd let out a collective gasp.

That story was our most-viewed story of the week. And the gallery and video told the story almost as well as the words.

The gallery ….

And the video …


SPJ Awards

On Saturday night, the Oklahoma chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists had its annual awards banquet. and The Oklahoman ended the night with 16 first-place awards and 41 total honors.

Said editor Kelly Fry:

Being honored by SPJ validates the hard work I see being done by the men and women at The Oklahoman.

The biggest honors came in the categories of best news website (that’s NewsOK) and best newspaper (that’s The Oklahoman). Both placed first.

But a bunch of reporter and editors took home honors in a bunch of categories. Really, the only way to properly honor each individual is to see the story we ran over the weekend.

Congratulations to the hard-working reporters and editors.

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