Live interaction with our readers; It happens every day in The Oklahoman’s newsroom
I was watching Jenni Carlson’s live chat on Thursday. Jenni is a longtime sports columnist and writer at The Oklahoman. I saw the live chat promoted at the top of NewsOK.com.
So I opened the chat and kept an eye on her answers as I continued my normal work.
It’s cool. Really, I was still working. I have multiple active screens. Yeah, I’m one of those guys.
Jenni was interacting with our readers. Most of the questions were about the Oklahoma City Thunder’s upcoming games against San Antonio. When she was finished chatting after about 45 minutes, she told her readers that she had to run to her next assignment. But she wanted everyone to be ready for sports editor Mike Sherman's chat the following day.
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A couple of hours later, I saw Jenni live on video from The Oklahoman's video studio.
That studio sure is busy, I thought to myself.
Less than an hour earlier, I saw the studio lights on for a live interview with downtown Oklahoma City representatives. I remember that because my office can often be seen in the background of shots from The Oklahoman’s Studio. I try to be sure that I’m looking as professional as possible when the bright lights are on.
A couple hours later, I saw the weekly Zoo Tales segment live from our studio. Again, I was on my best behavior.
I thought about the time Jenni spent interacting with our readers, live in a chat and live in a video. I thought about how I saw enterprise reporter Matt Patterson in the studio that same day with sources from the zoo.
Then I thought about how The Oklahoman’s reporters are on Twitter interacting with readers, answering questions, sharing tidbits and telling the audience what to expect in upcoming reports.
And I thought about how many times our editors and web producers are posting on Facebook accounts for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. We’re talking about hundreds of posts per week, all in an effort to interact and share with our readers.
I thought about our Instagram account and the 12,000 followers on that account. I know the effort put behind sharing photos and posts that represent the Oklahoma community.
It happens every day -- chats, live interviews, Twitter interactions, Facebook sharing, Instagram conversations.
Our reporters are interacting with our community more than ever before. When you stop and think (which I did on Thursday), it’s truly remarkable.
And some people still think of us as just a daily newspaper.