Tahlequah Daily Press

Editorials

September 18, 2013

Pardon our dust while we grow

TAHLEQUAH — When it comes to producing the newspaper and maintaining our online products and social media sites, it’s been business as usual this week at the office – but with a twist. We’ve been replacing the carpeting, following on the heels of an interior painting project that was on tap last month.

By now, almost everyone in Tahlequah has noticed that new carpeting, paint and bold signs, both indoors and out, aren’t the only changes we’ve made. A few months ago, we started building our social media presence, starting with Twitter; our Facebook page had already been in place for a couple of years. We’ve added other sites – like Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ – to the mix, and created a colorful digital logo. Multimedia Editor Sheri Gourd is developing a plan of action that will offer readers more ways to connect with us.

But the most dramatic change came last week, when we unveiled our new print design. We’ve spent a couple of months looking at other standout publications, selecting fonts and building graphic elements to incorporate into our new “look.” No newspaper can be all things to all people, and there are always going to be folks who don’t like what any given publication is doing with its look or content. But so far, the vast majority of opinions we’ve heard on our redesign have been positive.

Readers will have immediately noticed the most obvious transformations: a bold new front-page “flag,” the addition of more graphics, larger photos, a spotlight on our online presence, and crisper standing heads and column blocks. More subtle, but just as important, is our move away from the old “Times” body copy to a more modern font. Almost everyone we’ve talked to has commented on the improved readability, though they might not be able to put their finger on exactly what’s changed about the text. In a nutshell, we’re using a clearer, cleaner and more “open” typeface. If you compare our current editions with one from earlier this month, you’ll see what we mean.

Another addition to the lineup is our “online exclusives” component. This is a bonus feature especially for print subscribers, to help familiarize them with our website, www.tahlequahTDP.com. Our website offers a selection of the “best of the best” from each day’s print edition, but it also boasts sidebars to stories in the paper, as well as standalone features, that you can’t find anywhere else.

Enhanced digital products have augmented our multimedia company in other ways, too. For instance, in the past, high school football fans had to wait two days to read all about it in the Sunday edition. But this season, Sports Editor Ben Johnson is posting game stories Friday night and Saturday morning to our website – which means readers can now get their prep football recaps at least 24 hours earlier than they have in years past. And folks who follow Ben on Twitter (@BenJohnsonTDP) can get play-by-play action through his tweets.

It’s a changing world when it comes to the media, and the Tahlequah Daily Press is changing with it. Stay tuned and watch us grow!

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    As April winds down, and with it Child Abuse Prevention Month, it’s worth again noting that the rate of violence in Oklahoma has been creeping up in recent years. And it’s time for our state’s top leaders – who wear blinders when it comes to anything negative – to discuss what we’re going to do about it.
    Late last year, the FBI listed Oklahoma as the 10th most dangerous state in the union, based on statistics from 2012. Violent crimes are rape, murder, robbery and aggravated assault. Some Okies might find it a bit disconcerting to learn that our state ranked above California and New York in this data. Topping the list was Tennessee, followed by Nevada, Alaska, New Mexico, South Carolina, Delaware, Louisiana, Florida and Maryland.

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    The words “God” and “governor” may share the same first two letters, but the two are hardly interchangeable.
    But let’s assume Gov. Mary Fallin really isn’t deluded enough to place her powers on the level of a deity. What rationale would a woman who has championed smaller government and local control use to explain her hypocrisy in banning individual Oklahoma cities from raising minimum wages in their jurisdictions?

    April 18, 2014

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    This is our community – and it’s no better than what we make it. Let’s make it look great.

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    April 14, 2014

  • People with faulty zippers should be booted from office

    We may forgive, but we shouldn’t forget, because there’s serious work to do in Washington. That work will never be accomplished as long as flawed zippers - literally or figurately – are a pervasive problem.

    April 11, 2014

  • Do your part to fight animal and child abuse

    It’s hard to change the habits of an abuser, especially when mitigating factors – such as alcohol or drugs – are involved. And these patterns tend to repeat themselves in successive generations. But all of us can take one small step to help eradicate this epidemic, and that is to report it when we see it.

    April 9, 2014

  • NSA head lies to Congress, and seems to get away with it

    Is there an obvious pattern of criminality within these governmental agencies? If so, why isn’t the Judicial Department investigating?

    April 7, 2014

  • Pass for rich kiddie rapist proves that justice isn’t blind

    Someone in Wilmington, Del., needs to keep an eye on Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden for the next few months, because she might improve her standard of living due to a sudden influx of cash.
    There’s no other way to explain why Jurden would have sentenced an ultra-wealthy heir to the du Pont fortune to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter. It’s an outrageous miscarriage of justice that once again proves when it comes to the U.S. justice system, the elite get a pass almost every time.

    April 4, 2014

  • Maybe it’s not $3.2B, but state should still account for tribal cash

    In an editorial published last week, the Daily Press said that through tribal compacts, the state of Oklahoma received about $3.2 billion in annual revenue, partly attributable to the 117 casinos (or 118, in some reports) run by 33 tribes in the state. The information we accessed for that piece was confusing, and had a typo or two, which may have led us to overstate – to a considerable degree – how much money the tribes actually give the state.

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    Oklahoma should be rolling in the dough. The statistics bear that out. Thirty-three American Indian tribes operate 117 casinos in this state. Thanks to “compacts,” these tribes have been sharing the wealth with the state of Oklahoma. And thanks to the casinos, that wealth is substantial.

    March 28, 2014

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