11 Oklahoman subscribers have conversation and 'Coffee with the editor'
Last week, we promoted an opportunity for subscribers to have coffee with the editor.
We held up our end. We supplied the coffee and the editor.
Eleven lucky subscribers filled in the rest. They were chosen to spend a morning with Kelly Dyer Fry, The Oklahoman's editor, on Thursday.
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There was coffee. There were doughnuts. And there was lots of discussion about the newspaper, the online options for subscribers, the selection of comic strips, the columnists that run on the Opinion page and the number of reporters we have on the street every day.
I was there. Here's proof (as posted on The Oklahoman's Facebook page):
But our editor did most of the talking, covering everything from our work flow and mission statement to our daily struggles. The subscribers shared their favorite part of the newspaper - where they go first. The answers to that question varied from the Sports page to the Opinion page to the Puzzles page. Most everyone said they begin at Page 1-A, though.
A few of the subscribers — three of the 11 to be exact — said they read the newspaper every day on a digital product. Two of them on an an iPad and another on the iPhone. The iPhone reader starts reading the morning edition of The Oklahoman before he even sits up in bed. It’s already downloaded onto his phone overnight.
The group talked about a lot things, but it wasn’t meant to be a focus group. It was simply a conversation — a way for our editor to engage with our customers. A few of the subscribers even stayed for the daily meeting that followed, a meeting where all the editors at The Oklahoman convene to discuss the day’s trending stories and the initial plan for the coverage that will eventually culminate in the next morning’s Oklahoman. Those subscribers got a sneak peak at Friday’s newspaper.
There is a ton of value with that subscription.
Kelly Dyer Fry says she will have more of these coffee meetings. She expects to have one per month. And we think they will be even more popular when we move into our new offices in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City early in 2015.
The subscribers who came on Thursday responded to our call. We put it in the newspaper, and they sent an email to OklahomanEvents@Oklahoman.com. More than 11 subscribers responded to our initial call, so we have a head start on the next group. But we encourage our subscribers who want an audience with the editor to send the email today. Just include “Coffee with the editor” in the subject line of the email and include your name and address in the body of the email so we can verify your subscription.
Kelly is looking forward to meeting more subscribers in December. And she’ll bring doughnuts.