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  • Publisher of Taloga Times-Advocate dies

    Irvin Lee Miller, publisher of the Taloga Times-Advocate, died June 20, 2019. He was 69. Graveside services were held on June 22 in Taloga.
    Miller was born May 23, 1950, in Taloga. He received a Bachelor’s degree in music education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
    He served as band director at Guymon Junior High and High School from 1972 to 1981.
    Miller returned to Taloga and worked for Delhi Gas Pipeline. He retired from ONEOK in 2012.
    After retiring, Miller and his wife Cindy purchased the Taloga Times-Advocate and operated it for seven years.
    Miller is survived by his wife, Cindy Miller of Taloga; sons Brady of Pratt, Kansas, and Brent of Edmond, Okla.; sister Norma Rice; brother Curtis Miller; and four grandchildren.

  • June Publisher available for download

    The June issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is later than usual this month. Some of that is due to its size - 24 pages full of convention content - and some is due to press problems. It should be put in the mail today. Meanwhile, if you want to read about the convention, which includes all contest winners and more, just download it.

    >> To download the June issue, click here.

  • Marlow Review welcomes new publisher

    The Marlow Review welcomed Candace Hammond to the Publisher’s desk this month.
    Former publisher Judy Keller said, "Candace is already a vibrant part of this community and is eager to use her talents to serve the city of Marlow."
    The past few weeks have been busy for Keller and Hammond, who have teamed up to ensure a smooth transition in the office. Hammond sees the Publisher position as a responsibility to the community and to the paper’s history, and has been working to absorb as much of Keller’s expertise as she can. “People look forward to the paper every week. It’s a connection we all have together. We take that responsibility seriously,” Hammond said.
    » Read the full story

  • Convention Photos available on Facebook

    Visit OPA's Facebook to view photos from the 2019 Annual Convention!

  • Congratulations to all Award Recipients!

    The Oklahoma Press Association presented its Better Newspaper Contest Awards during the OPA Annual Convention, June 7-8, at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee.

    Also announced during the two-day convention were the recipients of the OPA H. Milt Phillips Award and the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation’s Beachy Musselman Award. Rod Serfoss, publisher of the Clinton Daily News, received the Milt Phillips Award. Rusty Ferguson, publisher of The Cleveland American, was the recipient of the Beachy Musselman Award.

    In the daily divisions, winners of this year’s Sequoyah Awards in the OPA Better Newspaper Contest were The Norman Transcript, Stillwater News Press and McAlester News-Capital. Sequoyah winners in the weekly divisions were The Eufaula Indian Journal, Owasso Reporter, Skiatook Journal, Tri-County Herald in Meeker and El Reno Tribune. The Oklahoma Daily at the University of Oklahoma was the winner in the college division.

    View all the winners in the 2018 Better Newspaper Contest. Photos of the award winners will be published soon on OPA's Facebook and in the June issue of The Oklahoma Publisher.

    Other awards presented:
    Quarter Century Club inductees: Violet Hassler, David Seeley, Judy Baker, Kent Bush 
    ONG Editorial Sweepstakes Award to Wayne Trotter, Countywide & Sun
    ONG Column Sweepstakes Award to Kati Gibson, The Chelsea Reporter
    OGE Daily Photo of the Year to Jason Elmquist, Stillwater News Press
    OGE Weekly Photo of the Year to Jeff Harrison, Midwest City Beacon
    ONF Joseph H. Edwards Outdoor Writer of the Year Award to John Kilgore, Muskogee Phoenix
    ONF Ray Lokey Memorial Award for Excellence in Reporting to John A. Small, Johnston County Sentinel
    Magazine Contest: First place, Tulsa World; second place, Stillwater News Press; third place, The Norman Transcript

  • Read the May issue of The Oklahoma Publisher today!

    The May issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is in the mail but you can read it now. This month, find out how you can sign up for the Gaylord News service at the OPA Convention. Plus five great reasons to attend the June 7-8 Convention at the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort in Shawnee. 

    >> To download the May issue, click here.

  • Upcoming OMC Webinars on reporting & classifieds

    OPA Members can register for Online Media Campus webinars at NO COST!!  Below are two upcoming webinars you may want to check out. Plus, more than 100 previous webinars are archived and you can acquire free access to those as well. To learn how to register for free, email or call (405) 499-0020 or 1-888-815-2672 and ask for Lisa Sutliff.

    Upcoming webinars:
    »  Foundations: Ledes, Sources and Meetings on May 23
    »  Classified Rescue on June 6

  • Last day to order your Real Newspapers Real News T-shirt is FRIDAY, MAY 17

    Last day to order your Real Newspapers Real News T-shirt is FRIDAY, MAY 17. You may choose to pick them up at convention or have them shipped for a fee. Click the following link to place your order online here

  • Pearson named general manager at Bartlesville, Pawhuska

    Mathew Pearson has been named general manager of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise. He will oversee operations at the Examiner-Enterprise, Pawhuska Journal-Capital and Bartlesville Magazine.
    Pearson has worked in the media/newspaper industry in various capacities for more than 30 years, including advertising sales, marketing and distribution. He comes to Bartlesville from the NBC television affiliate in Tampa, Fla., where he focused on digital advertising.

    » Read more at the

  • Registration for 2019 Annual Convention Now Open!

    OPA’s Annual Convention is June 7-8 at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee! This important event features great educational sessions and networking opportunities, plus the winners of the Better Newspaper Contest will be announced June 8 during the awards banquet. 

    Program and registration information can be found at You may register and pre-pay online or by mail.

  • April Publisher available for download

    Want to know about the OPA Convention? Download the April issue of The Oklahoma Publisher for details on speakers and events. Plus a list of where OPA member newspapers print and a look at the new USB, which is twice as fast as the previous model.

    >> To download the April issue, click here.

  • Download the March issue of The Oklahoma Publisher

    You can download the March issue of The Oklahoma Publisher by clicking on the link below. This month features the nine journalists who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in April, the OPA Nominating Committee's recommendation for officers and directors for 2019-2020, and a look at the new flip phones.

    >> To download the March issue, click here.

  • Save the date for the OPA Convention!

    Mark your calendar for the 2019 OPA Convention on June 7-8 at the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort in Shawnee. This is a big opportunity to network with your newspaper peers and make new connections.
    The keynote speaker will be Mike Boettcher, a veteran network news correspondent who has been recognized with journalism's top awards. Plan to attend a Q&A session with the state's congressional members and staff educational sessions on advertising, photography, drones, open meetings/open records and more. Award recognition will be presented on June 8, including winners of the 2018 Better Newspaper Contest. Plan to join us!

  • Lynn Martin Death Notice

    Lynn Luther Martin, publisher of the Alva Review-Courier, died March 12, 2019. He was 77.
    A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Alva High School auditorium, 501 14th Street, Alva, OK 73717.
    Martin was born Sept. 11, 1941, in Springfield, Mo. In 1947, he moved with his parents to Rolla, Mo., where his father and partners put KTTR-AM on the air. After graduating from Rolla High School in 1959, Martin attended the Missouri School of Mines in Rolla and the University of Missouri at Columbia before earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.
    He married Marione Elaine Derrickson on Feb. 1, 1963, in Licking, Mo. The couple made their home in Rolla where Lynn was news director at KTTR-AM. They moved to Alva in December 1968 after purchasing KALV-AM, which they operated until it was sold in 1988.
    The Martins began publishing the Newsgram, a free publication, in 1971. On April 1, 1990, they bought the Alva Review-Courier.
    Lynn and Marione were both inducted into the OPA Quarter Century Club in 2015.

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    Celebrate Sunshine Week, March 10-16

    Shine a light on the importance of open records and government transparency during Sunshine Week, March 10-16. Join news organizations across the country in informing readers about the importance of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Free materials are available now and more will be posted next week at
    A free FOI training seminar, led by Dr. Joey Senat, will be held the evening of Wednesday, March 13 at OSU. » More event info

  • Journalism Hall of Fame announces its 2019 class

    Nine journalists and two longtime educators will be honored Thursday, April 25, as the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame launches its 50th year with a special First Amendment Day on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond. Master of ceremonies will be Mark Thomas, executive vice-president of the Oklahoma Press Association.

    The hall of fame inductees are:

    • M.J. Alexander, internationally recognized journalist
    • Mary Bishop-Baldwin, Tulsa World assistant editor and marriage equality pioneer
    • Brian Blansett, owner of the Tri-County Herald
    • Ziva Branstetter, The Washington Post’s corporate accountability editor
    • Chris Casteel, The Oklahoman’s news director
    • Bob Dotson, retired NBC-TV correspondent and author
    • Wayne Greene, the Tulsa World’s editorial page editor
    • Griff Palmer, database journalism pioneer and former New York Times reporter
    • Timothy E. Talley, political reporter for The Associated Press.

    » More information about this year's inductees and to order tickets

  • Tulsa World column on importance of open records

    Mark your calendar - Sunshine Week is March 10-16.
    Earlier this month the Tulsa World went to court to protect its access to certain records in a local crime story. Managing Editor Susan Ellerbach writes, "My purpose in writing this column is not to talk about this very public case, but rather to answer the questions of why the Tulsa World — at a time when budgets in the news business are extremely tight — would spend good money on a legal fight over the openness of public records."
    OPA EVP Mark Thomas is quoted several times.
    P.S. If you publish a column or editorial on open records or meetings, let us know!

    »  Read Ellerbach's column

  • The Comanche Times has new owners & publisher

    Todd Brooks is the new publisher and editor of The Comanche Times. Brooks is a former editor of The Marlow Review.
    The Times was recently sold by Kelli Bolton to Marlow residents Keith and Anita Mansfield. Bolton chose to sell the paper following the death of her husband, Steve, in October.

  • February Publisher available to download

    The February issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is in the mail. If you can't wait to get it, you can download it now. This month we look at two newspaper sales, two web redesigns and share photos from the Feb. 7 OPA Legislative Summit.

    >> To download the February issue, click here.

  • Contest Participants by Circulation Division

    Are you curious to know which newspapers you're competing against in OPA's Better Newspaper Contest? Here are the circulation divisions, which were pre-determined based on the total paid circulation shown on each newspaper's USPS Statement of Ownership published in October 2018.  » Review list of contest participants

    Entries will be judged by members of the New Mexico Press Association, and award notifications will be mailed to participants in the spring. Plaques will be awarded on June 8 at the awards banquet during the OPA Annual Convention on June 7-8 at the Grand Casino Hotel in Shawnee.

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