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Oklahoma Engaged is a multi-platform project focused on election coverage. As a public service journalism collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS, KCCU, and StateImpact Oklahoma, the reporting includes community stories, audio reports, snapshots, state question breakdowns, profiles, videos, and more. Major support is provided by the Inasmuch Foundation, the Kirkpatrick Foundation, and Oklahoma Humanities.

Oklahoma Engaged Election Night Coverage Plans

Collaborative Journalism from KGOU, KOSU, KWGS, KCCU and StateImpact Oklahoma

This is the Manager’s Minute.

Elections have consequences, and on November 6th, voters across the nation have the opportunity to make their voices heard. Voting is a cherished right, and it’s important for everyone to be informed when they make their ballot decisions.

That’s why we’ve devoted several months to in-depth reporting on issues affecting Oklahomans through our collaborative journalism project, Oklahoma Engaged.

A key element in this project, funded by the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Foundation, was public opinion research. We hired OU Poll to conduct a statewide phone survey and a series of focus group interviews to learn the issues that really are of interest to Oklahoma voters. It’s an innovative “people-centered” approach to reporting that gave us unique insight into the concerns and sentiments of regular Oklahomans and gave us data that helped us focus on the key issues from the voter’s point of view.

Now, we are heading into the home stretch of this election cycle. The general election is November 6th, and that night we’ll deliver results, expert analysis, interviews and reports from the field during our special Oklahoma Engaged and NPR election program, starting at 7:00 p.m.

We’ll have coverage of the top Oklahoma and national races, including the race that will determine Oklahoma’s next governor.

Join us on KGOU from 7:00-1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 6th on the air and online at kgou.org and OklahomaEngaged.com.

Until next time, with the Manager’s Minute, I’m Dick Pryor.

Dick Pryor has more than 30 years of experience in public service media, having previously served as deputy director, managing editor, news manager, news anchor and host for OETA, Oklahoma’s statewide public TV network. He was named general manager of KGOU Radio in November 2016.
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