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Kindra Coffman

Tri-County Herald
December 2016 Column Winner
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The Ardmoreite
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'Fake News' may be entertaining but it's also dangerous

  • Did we receive your contest entries?

    » CHECK THIS LIST to confirm your entries arrived at the OPA office.  The list is updated daily.
    Entries must be postmarked by Monday, Feb. 13. 

  • Judges needed for Arkansas Advertising Contest

    Volunteers are needed to judge the Arkansas Press Association's advertising contest. This is a great opportunity to gather new ideas for your paper. Entries will be judged ONLINE in in a few weeks. APA members will judge OPA's Better Newspaper Contest this spring, so we encourage all OPA contest participants to help out and return the favor! (Judging of Arkansas' Better Newspaper Contest will happen later this year.)

    » Sign up to judge Arkansas' contest

  • Make an Impact at Legislative Summit Feb. 9

    Publishers and editors of legal newspapers are encouraged to join us at the State Capitol on Feb. 9 at the annual Legislative Summit. We need you to speak with your legislators about the many bills affecting newspapers and newspaper interests, and visiting at their Capitol offices really makes an impact. Senate Pro Tempore Shultz and Speaker McCall are scheduled to speak to the group after lunch. The meeting is free and includes a BBQ lunch, but registration is required. 

    » Plan to join us at the Summit

  • Prepare your Contest Entries & Award Nominations

    The 2016 Better Newspaper Contest entry packets have been mailed to all OPA member newspapers. The packet contains rules, an entry form and labels for your entry envelopes. Business member newspapers also will receive entry forms for the Digital Media Contest, Print Quality Contest, Outdoor Writer of the Year contest, ONF Beachy Musselman Award, Half Century Club and Quarter Century Club. All contest entries and award nominations must be postmarked by Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. If your publisher does not receive the rules packet by Dec. 5, you can download the events, rules and forms at the link below or notify us to request a new packet be mailed to you.

    » Find out more about OPA Contests & Awards

  • Order your 2017 Press Cards

    OPA is offering high quality photo ID Press Cards to business member newspapers for $5 each. These press cards are perfect for reporters, photographers and any other staff members at your newspaper. The hard, plastic badges – usable for a calendar year – feature your mugshot, along with your newspaper’s name and phone number. A clip at the top of the card makes it easy to attach to a lanyard, clothing or camera bag.

    Standard cardstock Press Cards are also available for free to OPA members. They do not include the staff person's name and photo. The name and newspaper can be handwritten on the back of the card.

    Order your press cards now. View more information or download the Press Card order form.

  • Student Internship Applications Available

    The student application form for ONF's 2017 paid summer internship program is now available. The application deadline is Feb. 17, 2017. At least 18 Oklahoma newspapers will receive funding to host a paid intern next summer. The program is made possible by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. 

    » Download internship application:

  • Apply to Host a Summer Intern

    ONF will award paid internship funding for newspapers to hire students to work eight weeks in summer 2017. The funding will support:

         •  18 journalism/news internships 
         •  2 advertising internships.

    Preference will be given to newspapers that offer both print and multimedia/online training and experience. Each of the selected newspapers will have the option of hiring an intern from the student applications submitted to ONF or finding an eligible intern through its own hiring process. Deadline: Jan. 13

    » Download the Host Newspaper Internship Application

  • Service set for Past President Jim Bellatti

    James R. ‘Jim’ Bellatti, former publisher of the Stillwater News Press, died December 13, 2016. He was 89.
    A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 28, at the First Presbyterian Church, 524 S. Duncan, in Stillwater.
    Bellatti, who was born July 7, 1927, served as co-publisher of the Stillwater News Press from 1961 through 1997. He was deeply involved in community affairs and belonged to numerous civic and philanthropic organizations.
    He is a former president of the Oklahoma Press Association and received its highest honor, the Milt Phillips Award, in 1988.
    Bellatti was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1989, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
    He is survived by his wife Louise; three daughters: Jane Bellatti Armstrong and husband David, Susan Bellatti Glasscock and husband Kirby, and Becky Bellatti Bittle and husband Robert; 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

  • October Publisher available to download

    Featured this month in the October issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is the inaugural class of nine OU alumns for the new OU Student Media Hall of Fame. OPA President Dayva Spitzer features The Harper County Leader in her series of western weeklies. The last six stories from ONF interns are in this month's issue as well as Terry Clark's second part on understanding polls. To download the October issue, click here.

  • National Newspaper Week Oct. 2-8

    Remind your community of the importance of newspapers during National Newspaper Week. If you need editorials, columns, cartoons or house ads, Newspaper Association Managers has an entire collection. OPA members are invited to download the material at There is no login required. Help celebrate the week!

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