After the Oklahoma Storms: Staff Picks for Best Coverage - Saxum


After the Oklahoma Storms: Staff Picks for Best Coverage

Looking back on this week’s tragedies and triumphs, we’ve rounded up the stories, images, videos and responses that moved our team members the most after the devastating tornadoes that ripped through our community.


Chad Bianco, Sr. Art Director.  An incredible video showing the tornado up-close-and-personal and just how close the tornado came to destroying a high school in Moore.


Kate Cunningham, Graduate Fellow. Moving animal lovers to tears, this woman finds her dog buried alive under rubble during a live interview.


E. Blake Jackson, VP of Digital. Simple, stunning and elegant interactive reporting from the Washington Post.

Photo credit: Washington Post
Washington Post











Dan Martel, Sr. VP, Chief Creative Officer.  The most disturbing question of all: living in a state so prone to such weather disasters, why are storm shelters not an automatic for every home?


James Cullen, Graduate Fellow. The Twitter hashtag strategy using #OKNeeds and #OKHaves, highlighted by Mashable.


Aran Coleman, Social Media Strategist. Before and after 360-degree photos from the New York Times.

Photo credit: New York Times
New York Times











Lisa Loyd, Media Relations Supervisor. The Oklahoman’s careful attention to covering all areas and all victims of the storms, including those in Carney, Bethel Acres, Norman, Newcastle and Shawnee. For local media, it’s not just a headline. It’s home.

Photo Credit: Jim Beckel / The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman, Jim Beckel













Becca Colbaugh, Sr. Director, Digital Content. Kevin Durant’s generous showing of support and goodwill.


Matt ReiswigDirector, Interactive Strategy. Independent navigation to updated photo coverage on USA Today mobile.

USA Today Mobile
USA Today Mobile














Erica Hollis, Sr. Account Director, Marketing. The hug seen round the world between “Big Dog” and “Little Dog.”

Photo credit: Paul Hellstern / Associated Press
AP Photo / The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern













Sara Walker, Sr. VP, HR & Operations. Ten of the deadliest tornadoes on record, including images from 1896.












Renzi Stone, Chairman & CEO. Vivid aerial footage from local news helicopters.

Once the tornado abated, the helicopter pilot, Jon Welsh, turned back to survey what had been lost. He pointed out a landmark for local viewers, Veterans Memorial Park, and said starkly, ‘It’s gone.’ Nearby was a housing development. ‘Completely gone.’ Mr. Welsh’s cameraman panned to the south, toward more homes. ‘Gone.’” Read more.

Featured Image: AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern

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