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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 Collaboration Puts the People Back in Politics

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Oklahoma Engaged Watch Party at the OCU School of Law

This is the Manager’s Minute.

Now that the Oklahoma elections are over, let’s recap what we’ve done so far in the collaborative journalism project, Oklahoma Engaged. With funding from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Foundation:

  • We commissioned public opinion polling from OU Poll to drive our election reporting – with emphasis on issues Oklahomans saw as most important. This research-based journalism focused on people, more than politicians.
  • We produced more than 21 full length radio features, plus four animated explainers, daily election coverage and voter resources delivered over the air, on social media and at OklahomaEngaged.com.
  • We held two voter engagement events and presented three interactive programs on politics and the media.
  • And, we hosted the Oklahoma Engaged election night watch party at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where about 150 engaged voters watched and listened to our live broadcast which was simulcast on KGOU, KOSU and KCCU and on Facebook. We provided the latest results, interviews, expert analysis and national coverage from NPR. And, the four-hour election night simulcast in front of a live audience was unprecedented in Oklahoma.
  • Thanks to everyone who joined us to follow the returns and talk politics. Keep listening as our Oklahoma Engaged reporting continues into the 2019 legislative session. We'll be following legislation and letting you know how lawmakers handle the most critical issues facing Oklahomans.

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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