Located one block East of the White House in the National Press Building, The Oklahoman launched its first remote video studio on Monday, February 18th.

According to Mark Green, National Editorial Writer for The Oklahoman, “I don’t know anyone with a bureau like ours or has anything like it. Some larger bureau operations have pretty extensive studios, but I don’t know that anyone is producing the kind of video on demand from their bureau like we are.”

Using Apple QuickTime software, video is captured onto a Mac and then uploaded to Oklahoma City. A teleprompter is attached to a camera, while Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau Chief, and Green run it from their laptops.

David Jones and I traveled to Washington D.C. on Friday, February 15th and spent the weekend installing the equipment. By the following Monday, the studio was up and running. Along with Ed Kelley, Editor of The Oklahoman, and David Morris, we helped train Casteel and Green on how to use it. Our goal was to make it as user-friendly as possible.

Chris Casteel, Mark Green and Ed Kelley during a talk-back segment between Oklahoma City and Washington D.C.

The Washington bureau team will use the studio to complement stories, interview news-makers, provide commentary and discuss stories in the news.

Recently, Ed Kelley began doing “talk-back” segments between Oklahoma City and Washington D.C. using streaming technology over Apple iChat.

It’s the first time I designed a set and shipped it half-way across the country. Other contributors include Ronny Lambeth, Jason Plunkett, Aaron Longley, Johnny Hampton, Mark Pool, Jeff Patrick, Kelsey Fallese, Curtis Pulliam, Daria Butler, Brian Mays, Tommy Yi, Janet Tucker and Donna Young. Thank you.

To view the latest videos from the Washington bureau, check out NewsOK.tv.