Different and fun: #HeyDave hashtag is a great place to start
Dave Morris listened to what was happening in his community.
His ears perked up. "That's a good story," he thought.
He shared it with a reporter who covers this sort of thing - Steve Lackmeyer.
Steve recognized the story was different, and the result was this:
A fun front-page centerpiece in The Oklahoman on Oct. 29 about an "art bash" event at a home in the developing SoSA district (South of Saint Anthony) in Oklahoma City's Midtown.
- Identify a good story.
- Tell the story.
- Distribute the story in print and online.
It’s nothing new. We’re not looking for medals here, but it is always fun to see The Oklahoman’s impact on the community.
The cool part is what Dave saw that afternoon.
He was at the house to see the artist in action for himself, but he saw way more artists than they expected and, yes, stacks of newspapers. The people in the area beamed with pride at the attention they received on the front page.
The hashtag of #SoSa811 was trending in Oklahoma City that day. Some - like user @fancyroyce - posted a picture of the newspaper next to the house.
-- hannah (@fancyroyce) October 29, 2014
The art community and the growing SoSa district made this event take off. But we like to think The Oklahoman's coverage and NewsOK.com's posts helped amplify the message for parts of the community that aren't always leading the news.
Dave did such a good job finding this gem that we thought it would be fun to start a hashtag called #HeyDave for Twitter and Instagram users to share tips.
So go ahead — be the first to use the #HeyDave hashtag. He always has his camera with him.