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  • Order OPA Press Cards before football season

    Two types of 2016 Press cards are available. High quality photo ID press cards (with clips) can be ordered by business member newspapers for $5 each. The hard, plastic badges – usable for the 2016 calendar year only – feature the staffmember's mugshot, along with your newspaper’s name and phone number. View more information online at or download the order form.

    FREE press cards are also available for the 2016 calendar year. They do not feature a staff member's name or photo, but the newspaper name can be written onto the back. Simply email and specify the number of free press cards you need.

  • July issue of Publisher available for download

    Dayva Spitzer officially began her one-year term as president of the Oklahoma Press Association on July 1. Find out more about Dayva by reading the July issue of The Oklahoma Publisher, now available for download. Also this month, meet the 20 students interning at Oklahoma newspapers thanks to the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation and a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Stories on the news track concurrent sessions at the June 10-11 OPA Convention are also in this month's issue. To download the July issue, click here.

  • Dayva Spitzer elected as president of OPA

    Dayva Spitzer, co-publisher of the Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat, was elected as president of the Oklahoma Press Association during the OPA Convention in Oklahoma City.
    Spitzer will serve a one-year term as president, beginning July 1.
    Other officers elected at the meeting were Brian Blansett, publisher of the Tri-County Herald in Meeker, as vice president; Rod Serfoss, publisher of the Clinton Daily News, as treasurer; and Robby Trammell, news director at The Oklahoman, as immediate past president.
    Barbara Vice, publisher of the Drumright Gusher and Yale News, was elected to a three-year term as director, and Mike Strain, managing editor at the Tulsa World, was re-elected to a three-year term.
    Other members of the 2016-2017 OPA board are Ted Streuli, The Journal Record; Ray Dyer, El Reno Tribune; John Denny Montgomery, The Purcell Register; and Mark Millsap, The Norman Transcript. Mark Thomas is executive vice president of the association.

    To download the full press release and photo, visit

  • June Oklahoma Publisher available for download

    Didn't make it to the OPA Annual Convention? You're in luck! The June Oklahoma Publisher is available for download and is full of convention highlights including Better Newspaper Contest winners, Milt Phillips and Beachy Musselman award recipients and Quarter Century Club inductees. Also in this issue are tips on how to prepare your computer for the Windows 10 upgrade and Terry Clark's advice on cropping a photo. To download the June isssue, click here.

  • Sign Up to Serve on an OPA Committee

    President-Elect Dayva Spitzer asks you to help lead the organization by serving on a committee this year. The committee year begins July 1. Many important decisions are made by association committees, from educational workshops to the Better Newspaper Contest to legislative issues and promotional efforts for newspapers statewide. Any staff member of an OPA business member newspaper is invited to serve on one or more committees. Most committees meet via teleconference three or four times per year with the possibility of one in-person meeting at the OPA office in Oklahoma City. Volunteer today to serve on the Awards Committee, Education Committee, Government Relations Committee, Legal Services Plan Committee or Advertising Committee.

    » Click here for more Information                      » Click here to SIGN UP!

  • Convention educational slideshows now available

    The slideshow presentations of Saturday afternoon’s educational sessions are now available to download. They include Amie Stein’s advertising sessions, Kathleen McElroy’s journalism basics (plus reference sheets) and Mike Strain’s shooting/editing video.  If you were unable to attend a session or hoped to review the notes, now is your chance!

    » Download slideshows & documents

  • Congratulations OPA Award Winners

    The Oklahoma Press Association presented its Better Newspaper Contest Awards during the OPA Annual Convention, June 10-11, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Also announced during the awards banquet were the recipients of the OPA H. Milt Phillips Award and the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation’s Beachy Musselman Award. 

    Receiving the H. Milt Phillips Award was Dr. Terry M. Clark, director of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and professor of journalism at the University of Central Oklahoma. The Milt Phillips Award recipient is selected by the OPA Board of Directors.
    Receiving the ONF Beachy Musselman Award was Andy Rieger, who retired as managing editor of The Norman Transcript in 2015. The recipient of the Musselman Award is selected by the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation Board of Trustees. 

    Winners of this year’s Sequoyah Awards also were announced at the OPA Convention. In the daily divisions, winners were Enid News & Eagle, Stillwater News Press and Tahlequah Daily Press. Sequoyah winners in the weekly divisions were The Madill Record, Oologah Lake Leader, Midwest City Beacon, Mustang News and The Grove Sun. Broken Arrow Ledger was named the Sequoyah winner in the sustaining member division, and The Oklahoma Daily at the University of Oklahoma was the winner in the college division.

    A complete list of winners in the 2015 OPA Better Newspaper Contest is available on the OPA website at

  • Up Your Game at the OPA Convention June 10-11

    Register now to attend the 2016 OPA Convention, June 10-11, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City! This two-day event provides many educational sessions and invaluable networking opportunities. The Better Newspaper Contest Awards will be presented Saturday night, June 11, at the annual awards banquet.

    Publishers and advertising staff: Take advantage of the great revenue sessions on June 11 presented by Amie Stein of the Local Media Association. She'll share a lot of ideas for ways to increase your print and digital revenue.
    Several news/editorial sessions are scheduled at the same time, so your whole staff should attend!

    Governor Mary Fallin and our state's Congressmen have been invited for their annual sessions. All five U.S. Representatives have confirmed they will be there.

    Reserve your room at the downtown Sheraton by May 25. Find hotel info on the convention webpage below.


  • Former OPA Manager Ben Blackstock has died

    Ben Blackstock was a friend to many, a forceful personality, and an advocate for Oklahoma newspapers and their value during his 44 years as executive vice president and secretary of the Oklahoma Press Association.  Ben died Monday evening, April 25, in Oklahoma City at the age of 90.

    During his 44 years at OPA, Ben was the recipient of numerous professional honors, including OPA’s Milt Phillips Award, the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award, OKC Ad Club Silver Medal, the FOI Oklahoma Marian Opala First Amendment Award and the National Newspaper Association Amos Award.

    FOI Oklahoma annually honors Blackstock through the presentation of the Ben Blackstock Award for a person or organization that has shown a commitment to freedom of information.

    In 1973, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. He also was named a distinguished graduate of the University of Oklahoma journalism school.

    A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Oklahoma Judicial Center, 2100 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City. Donations may be made to the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, 3601 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105, or Free to Live animal rescue.
  • April Publisher available for download

    Read all about The Oklahoman's Ashley Howard, who was selected by Editor & Publisher as one of the "25 Under 35 for 2016." Ashley is circulation and audience development manager for The Oklahoma Media Co. Also, OPA President Robby Trammell reflects on the 21st anniversary of the bombing of the Murrrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. To download the April issue, click here.
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