2019 Annual Convention

 Oklahoma Press Association
Annual Convention
June 7-8, 2019

Location: Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, Shawnee, OK

QUESTIONS? Call (405) 499-0040, 1-888-815-2672 (toll-free in Okla.) or e-mail cfrank@okpress.com.

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Register by May 31.
Registrations received after May 31 will be assessed a $20 late fee.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: Notice of cancellation must be received in writing. A full registration fee refund is authorized when cancellation notice is received by May 24, 2019. No-shows forfeit registration fee.

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HOTEL INFORMATION

OPA GROUP RATE: $99 for a King or Queen Double
                                  $159 for a Suite

Grand Casino Hotel and Resort
777 Grand Casino Blvd., Shawnee, OK  74804  
$99 for 1 king or 2 queen beds, $159 for a suite

For reservations: 
Call the reservations line at 1-405 964-7777 (group code OK Press Association) or visit www.grandresortok.com click the Book A Room tab, then enter information, click advanced search options and enter the group code 190606OKLA_001 to get the group rate.

This special rate will be available until May 24 or until our group block is full.

The Grand Casino Resort and Hotel is located on I-40 just to the west of Shawnee.

 

                      Thank you to our Sponsors!

       

 


To request information about becoming a convention sponsorship, call Membership and Meetings Director Christine Frank at (405) 499-0040, or 1-888-815-2672 (toll-free in Okla.), or e-mail cfrank@okpress.com.


Educational sessions sponsored by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Refreshment breaks sponsored by Hilliary Communications 

FRIDAY, JUNE 7

1:30 p.m.   General Session - Q and A with Governor Stitt (Governor Stitt has been invited but has not confirmed)

2:45 p.m.
Ice Cream Social 

Sponsored by The Chickasaw Nation

3:30 p.m.
Business Meeting

4:15 p.m.
Speed Topics - Join in on these informal sessions to discuss technology, circulation, advertising, editorial and social media.

6:00 p.m.  
Vendor Reception 
Chat with vendors at a cocktail reception and learn about the products and services they offer.
Sponsored by NTVB Media

7:00 p.m.  
Welcome Dinner
Veteran network news correspondent Mike Boettcher has been
recognized with journalism’s top awards for his coverage of events that
shaped the world since 1980. He is recognized as one of the world’s most
experienced foreign correspondents, covering wars and revolutions in
every part of the globe. He left NBC News in 2008 to pursue the
No Ignoring project – the only entity embedded full time with U.S. troops
fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. As part of the project, he lectured weekly,
via satellite, from Iraq to the University of Oklahoma’s groundbreaking
War and Media class.
Sponsored by Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association

9:00 p.m.
Hospitality Hour, Grand Event Center Balcony
All attendees are invited to the Hospitality Hour following the Welcome Dinner
Banquet.
Sponsored by AT&T

SATURDAY, JUNE 8

8:30 a.m.  
Blooper Breakfast
Great laughs and buffet breakfast to get your morning started!
Sponsored by OERB

10:00 a.m.  
Congressional  Q&A 
Oklahoma’s congressmen — Sen. Jim Inhofe, Sen. James Lankford, Rep. Tom Cole,
Rep. Frank Lucas,  Rep. MarkWayne Mullin, Rep. Kevin Hern and Rep. Kendra Horn — are invited to attend.

12:00 p.m.  
Awards Luncheon
Recognition and Presentation of: ONF Beachy Musselman Award, Quarter Century Club inductions, ONG Column and Editorial Sweepstakes Awards, OGE Photo of the Year Awards, ONF Joseph H. Edwards Outdoor Writer of the Year Award, and Ray Lokey Memorial Award for Excellence in Reporting.
Sponsored by The Citizen Potawatomi Nation

2:00 p.m.
CONCURRENT SESSIONS   

CAMERA TIPS
Presented by Ed Bolt
Shawnee photographer Ed Bolt will share tips on camera basics to help you get the best possible photos at your shooting locations. He will touch on controlling the camera so you make the most of lighting and teach an understanding of your camera’s capabilities. Bolt will also talk about how you can push your camera to perform better than you may realize.

HOW TO SELL DIGITAL ADS
Presented by Thad Swiderski, Founder and President, eType Services
Newspapers find it difficult to transition advertisers to their digital products. Learn the steps necessary to position yourself to sell your audience – not your paper. This session will focus on how to redesign a rate card to include digital. It will also cover how to approach advertisers, and perfect the “pitch.”  This is a fast paced, hands-on session that uses
the participants’ newspapers as examples for the pitch.

EVOLVING BUSINESS MODELS
Panel discussion presented by Brett Wesner, Wesner Publications and Bill Masterson, BH Media Group
The newspaper industry needs to step away from traditional business models and look at new strategies. Digital revenue is not replacing the loss of print dollars so how does your business compensate? Masterson and Wesner will discuss ways newspapers can reinvent themselves and adapt to new demands and opportunities.

3:15 p.m.
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

BASIC DRONE RULES
Presented by Ed Bolt
Shawnee photographer and FAA licensed drone pilot Ed Bolt will cover the basic rules for using a drone to produce photos and videos legally and safely in a commercial setting.

BE VERSATILE. FINDING WHAT ADVERTISERS WILL BUY TODAY
Presented by Mark Millsap, Publisher, Norman Transcript
Don't miss this session to gather revenue generating ideas, projects and programs that you can use at your newspaper tomorrow.

FEATURING THE STORYTELLER: GENERATING STORY IDEAS EVERY DAY
Presented by Holly Easttom, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Oklahoma Baptist University
Looming deadlines often detract from the main joy of the job: telling a story. So how can you navigate the constant pressure of the pitch with the innate desire to report and write well? Get away from your desk and interact with the community. This session will look at other ways to generate feature story ideas. It will re-introduce the idea that conversation
and curiosity serve as the foundation of journalism,and everyone is a potential feature.

4:30 p.m.  
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

HOW TO GET THE RECORDS THEY WON'T GIVE YOU
Presented by Joey Senat, Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University School of Media & Strategic Communications
Is local government stonewalling your requests for documents? Are the city council and county commission agendas incomprehensible? Arm yourself in the battle to open government by learning what Oklahoma’s Open Records and Meeting acts require and prohibit. Senat also will provide strategies for responding to government delays and denials and explain what open meeting violations to look for.

INCREASE SALES NOW!
Presented by Carol Grubbe,Senior Regional Sales Manager, TownNews.com
Newspapers were built on informing their communities. Communication is a KEY element!
Every day your sales people are sitting in front of local businesses, your reporters are gathering news from various sources and your internal departments are trying to effectively communicate with each other. Carol Grubbe will teach you a simple and easy way to understand basic communication patterns by asking TWO questions that will change EVERYTHING! The results will be priceless.

HOW TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN RECENT COLLEGE GRADS
Panel discussion presented by: Holly Easttom, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Oklahoma Baptist University; John Helsley, Student Publications Coordinator, Oklahoma State University; and Seth Prince, Newsroom Adviser, OU Student Media, The University of Oklahoma 
In this panel discussion, newspaper advisers from Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma will discuss how papers can tap into their talent pool and recruit recent college graduates.

6:00 p.m.  
Awards Reception
Sponsored by AEP/PSO

7:00 p.m.  
Awards Banquet
Recognition of Past Presidents, Presentation of Milt Phillips Award and Better Newspaper Contest Awards.

9:00 p.m.
Hospitality Hour, Grand Event Center Balcony
All attendees are invited to the Hospitality Hour following the Awards Banquet.
Sponsored by eType Services

Convention Adjourns