Courtroom coverage highlights The Oklahoman's live reports and in-depth discussions
I sat in the audience at a high school band winter concert a week ago last Thursday when I received an alert on my phone.
“Breaking: Jurors have reached verdict in Holtzclaw trial: watch it live here.”
The notification came from the NewsOK App. Editors for NewsOK will send breaking news alerts to those who have downloaded the app. And when you download the app, you can customize your favorite topics for other notifications you can receive through the ‘Inbox’ feature, only available on the app.
Between performances, I tapped the alert and saw that NewsOK had the live stream from inside the courtroom.
I finally got a glimpse of the courtroom view that The Oklahoman reporter Kyle Schwab had for 21 days. Kyle covered the trial from beginning to end – every day, every witness. He had reports after each of those days in The Oklahoman. And he covered it as it happened through live updates and ongoing posts on NewsOK.com.
The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com had the trial covered from beginning to end.
And the notification I received as I sat at our local high school auditorium indicated we were near the end.
The stream was playing as the concert ended and the crowds made their way outside. By the time I reached the passenger seat of our family vehicle, I was able to turn my attention to my phone and watch the verdict. As I turned up the volume and put the phone to my ear, so as not to disturb the other conversations in the car. I relayed the 18 guilty verdicts as they were read to others in the vehicle.
Here’s the video from the NewsOK YouTube live stream (scroll across to the end of the stream to see the verdicts:
The next day, I could see The Oklahoman’s video studio lit up with Dave Morris hosting a roundtable discussion with community leaders discussing the case. Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, OKC Artists for Justice co-founder Grace Franklin and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, pastor of East 6th Street Christian Church, talked about the effects of the case and how our community