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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.

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bug_camera.gifWatch Mayor Cornett’s presentation on the Core to Shore initiative and his recent appearance on the Ellen show. Pictured are Dave, Angi and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.

pic_surgeon_general_02With construction of the studio nearly complete and with no time to waste, we fired up our new HD switcher and launched the control room and loft set. Our first guest that morning was Admiral Steven K. Galson, Acting Surgeon General of the United States of America, and later that evening, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett made a visit to the studio.

Forming an alliance with Oklahoma’s First Lady and the governor’s initiative on living a healthier lifestyle, Admiral Galson recorded several PSAs focused around underage drinking and smoking.

On that same day, Mayor Cornett unveiled plans to develop approximately 700 acre area between downtown and the Oklahoma River. This initiative, called Core to Shore is scheduled for completion in 2012. He also talked about Dells recent announcement to layoff part of its workforce and his recent appearance on the Ellen show.

bug_photos.gifCheck out photos of installation of the loft set.
bug_camera.gifTake a panoramic tour of our facilities and studio.  

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bug_camera.gifWatch the Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular Commercials.

Some of Oklahoma’s best returned home to celebrate our centennial. This all-star concert featured some of our most famous sons and daughters. Among the stars were Reba McEntire, Toby Kieth, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Johnny Bench, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Oklahoma’s Miss America 2007, 2006, 1996, 1981 and 1967, All-American Rejects, Flaming Lips, Amy Grant, Shirley Jones, Willard Scott, Patti Page, Blake Shelton, Berry Switzer and live satellite from Ron Howard and First Lady Laura Bush. Happy birthday Oklahoma!

Video from NewsOK.tv
bug_camera.gifWatch video highlights with Angi from the Ford Center.
bug_camera.gifWatch video from the press conference.

Video from World-wide-web

bug_camera.gifOpening performance from Vince and Reba.
bug_camera.gifToby Keith performs American Soldier.
bug_camera.gifCarrie Underwood performance.
bug_camera.gifCentennial Spectacular Finale.

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Wayne Coyne is a true local celebrity. And LOOKatOKC was lucky enough to tag along with The Oklahoman’s Gene Triplett and a NewsOK.tv crew for a 60-plus minute interview with The Flaming Lips lead singer.

bug_camera.gifWatch NewsOK’s video interview, read Gene Triplett’s article and view photos. Other related articles and videos include The Flaming Lips Alley dedication.

wwii_thumb.jpgIn just two weeks after its launch, the Oklahoma WWII site is #2 in the country. This means among all 354 PBS stations nationwide, Oklahoma is second in user submitted stories.

Currently, St. Louis is #1. However, they’ve had a site up for more than a year. We’re only about 60 stories behind them. I have a feeling… We’re getting ready to blow their doors off.

Thanks again to everyone at NewsOK.com and OETA for your hard work. You can view Oklahoma WWII site credits when you continue this story.

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With the combined resources of Oklahoma’s PBS station, NewsOK designed and developed a Web site that preserves Oklahoma’s account of World War II. This site will be used to collect and accept videos, audio recordings, original photos and letters from the “Greatest Generation” of our time.

Inspired by the compelling World War II stories collected by Ken Burns and as part of a national initiative by PBS, NewsOK.com and OETA launched an aggressive statewide outreach effort to collect, preserve and share the personal stories from Oklahomans who served on the frontlines and maintained the home front. Watch this bug_camera.gifPBS Extended Sneak Preview. (27:00 cut into four parts)

All personal stories and historical accounts are eligible for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and Archives in Washington D.C.

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Launched Thursday, August 30th, Edlam Football is my second Brightcove design to hit the street. Thanks to Rob Wescott, our Advertising Development Manager, this player will be our most profitable yet, and in it’s opening weekend video reached nearly 7,800 views.

Featuring the home games of Edmond’s three public high schools, this site includes video highlights, message boards, stories, Oklahoman photos, user submitted photos, blogs, statistics, weather and more. The back-end production and hard work belongs to James Duncan, Ethan Cairns, David Jones, Kyle Roberts, Alan Herzberger and Dave Morris. This site rocks!

Be sure to check out the High School Huddle pre-game show when you visit the site at Edlamfootball.com.

look_cover_01.jpgIn preparation for it’s second anniversary, we decided to redesign LOOKatOKC.

With all you need to know about what’s going on around town and a demographic age of 18 to 35, LOOKatOKC is Oklahoma City’s entertainment magazine.

With a deadline of six weeks, I assembled together five of the best designers at The Oklahoman – two from marketing and three from multimedia. Never in my 25 year career had I witnessed a more powerful team, and at the average age of 24, I’m excited to think about what the future holds for them and the role they will play in our company.

In the end, the final product reflected a large part of each of their ideas. Designers are Tay Duran, Suzanne Green, Tommy Yi, Julie Webb and Jennifer Armstrong, and of course, no publication would be complete without its editors, Lindsey Johnson and Alan Herzberger.

To launch our new design and as a bonus, Budweiser threw a party and invited some of Oklahoma City’s most beautiful people.

bug_camera.gifWatch our Behind the Scenes: Heat Party commercial shoot.
bug_camera.gifWatch Dave and Angi at the party.

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Never Give Up!
is the seventh book I’ve designed and published in the last four years. Written by Dr. Paul Lambert, former Director of the Oklahoma Heritage Association and commissioned by Governor Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation, this book is a story about the life of Pearl Carter Scott.

When Pearl was a little girl, Wiley Post would land his plane in the field next to her house. Wiley came to visit his brother who lived across the street. Soon after, Post befriended Pearl’s family, and her father became the first passenger to fly in the Winnie Mae. Pearl was the second. Before his famous trip around the world, Wiley taught Pearl to fly.

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We are excited to announce the official launch of our Brightcove player on NewsOK. This new web-based application allows us to create, distribute and monetize video content through the Internet. From personal video blogs to major media sites, Brightcove allows users to e-mail our videos to friends, embed our video into their blogs and much more.

brightcove_launch_02.jpgBrightcove technology is also being utilized by the Web sites of Fox Entertainment, The Discovery Channel, CBS News, The Wall Street Journal, The Weather Channel and The Washington Post.

bug_camera.gifSee Brightcove in action and view this new promo of Dave and Angi, our NewsOK host and hostess.

Cadillac is our first video sponsorship. A special thanks to James Duncan for working on the back end programming and Kevin James for making the sell. Good job Guys!

Workers try to turn the hull of the USS Oklahoma after Japanese attack
Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

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THE WAR, a seven-part series directed and produced by Ken Burns, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of men and women from four American towns.

In conjunction with The Library of Congress Veterans History Project, Oklahoma’s PBS station will launch an aggressive statewide outreach effort to collect, preserve and share the personal stories from Oklahomans who served on the frontlines.

bug_camera.gifHere’s a preview of the film.

As part of a developing partnership with OETA, NewsOK will design and develop a Web site that will preserve Oklahoma’s account of World War II. This site will be used to collect and accept videos, audio recordings, original photos and letters from the “Great Generation” of our time. As well, all personal stories and historical accounts will be eligible for the Library of Congress archives.

bug_update.gifHere’s the home page design I presented to a group of 15 on Friday, July 27, 2007. Staying up until 3 a.m. for three days straight just to “Git-R-Done!,” this is 1 page from my 9 page design presentation. It’s not a working Web site yet, but will be soon!

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The consumer response to Apple’s new iPhone has far-exceeded estimates, making it the most successful new product launch in history. Apple expects to sell 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008. The Wall Street Journal reports that it’s not just the Mac and high-tech users that are buying the iPhones, it’s the general public making this investment.

The fact that the iPhone is so easy to use combined with the consumer response to the product will most certainly accelerate web surfing via cell phones. For these reasons, I made a recommendation that NewsOK.com begin testing this new product to better understand how consumers are using it. Specifically, there was a need to understand how our site looks and operates on this platform. This new product and the audience it brings would be too significant for us to ignore.

bug_camera.gifThe iPhone Challenge: Keep It Quiet is one of the funniest reviews on the Web.
By David Pogue, The New York Times, Published: June 27, 2007

I wonder how long it will take for NewsOK.com to get one. Final time…
06 days, 17 hours and 55 minutes.

Here’s a day-by-day account of my experience with the iPhone.

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Ten of us took the company jet to Phoenix to check out The Arizona Republic. Just like The Oklahoman’s parntership with NEWS 9, The Arizona Republic newspaper joined with KPNX-TV Channel 12 early in the game to form the Web convergence of AZcentral.com.

In a lot of ways, it was like meeting a distant cousin for the first time. With similar physical characteristics, dazzling good looks and an adventurous attitude toward figuring out our changing industry, there was no denying we were somehow related.

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Jon Stewart

comedy_central_02.jpgJon’s freaked out by the sheer terror and production value of a weather promo about our NEWS 9 chief meteorologist, Gary England. Only a true Oklahoman can appreciate the humor in this clip. Too funny.

bug_camera.gifWatch NEWS 9 Gary England video.

From personal video blogs to major media sites, making the decision to use Brightcove to deliver our news clips and future Internet shows has everyone excited about “selling” out to sea. Thanks to a lead from our captain and publisher, David Thompson.

Below is my first template design. With Make & Model as a test advertiser, this represents what a sponsored player might look like. Keep in mind, this player would be embedded into NewsOK.com with sponsorship ads floating around it.

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bug_camera.gifView Make & Model Brightcove template test.

Brightcove is an online service for creating, distributing and monetizing Internet TV channels. For content owners who are creating and managing channels, the Brightcove service is accessed through a web-based application. It would be impossible to list all the great features it has. However, one of the greatest features is its FREE beta version. Visit their Web site and check it out.

Recording My Experiences

mug_scott_bw.jpgAfter slogging away for years to beat the next deadline, it's nice to have a place to quickly record my professional experiences. I started this blog, as I was finishing the design and launch of the second of four media studios on the 7th floor of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City and one studio east of the White House in the National Press Building. Below are a set of links reflecting our dreams, our challenges and the products and services we chose.

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