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ONG Column Winner

Kaycee Campbell, Countywide & Sun (April)
Jaden Jennings, Tri-County Herald (May)



ONG Editorial Winner

Kim Poindexter, Tahlequah Daily Press (April)
Zeke Lay, Choctaw Times (May)



  • Reminder flyers to post in your office

    New flyers are available as a handy reference on: (a) how to read the OPS insertion order, (b) to start thinking about what to enter in the annual OPA Better Newspaper Contest, and (c) details to enter the monthly OPA/OGE Photo Contest and the OPA/ONG Column and Editorial Contest.

    » Print the flyers and post them in appropriate areas of your newspaper office.

  • July Publisher available to download

    Group tours of the Stigler News-Sentinel include teaching the importance of the newspaper. Read all about it in the July issue of The Oklahoma Publisher. Also, Brad and Dayva Spitzer, longtime owners of The Beckham County Record (previously The Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat), sell newspaper to Kay County Media; David Stringer named publisher of the Lawton Constitution; U.S. Rep. Tom Cole sponsors Fallen Journalist Memorial Act of 2019 and more.

    >> Download the July issue

  • Stringer returns to lead The Lawton Constitution

    OPA Past President David Stringer has been named publisher of The Lawton Constitution. The announcement was made Wednesday by Dolph Tillotson, president of Southern Newspapers, Inc., the parent company for the third largest newspaper in the state.
    Stringer was publisher of The Norman Transcript for 13 years and is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma. He served on the OPA Board of Directors during his time at The Transcript before taking positions in New Mexico and Texas.
    Welcome back, David!

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  • Judges needed for annual contest judging

    Experienced Oklahoma newspaper folks are needed to judge the New Mexico Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. This is a great opportunity to gather new ideas for your paper. We encourage all contest participants - as well as those that want to contribute and find new ideas - to sign up as judges. New Mexico staffs judged our contest entries earlier this year. Now it's our turn to return the favor!

    » Sign up now to judge

  • Sign up for an OPA Committee!

    President Ray Dyer 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 the annual convention 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 conference call 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 Advertising Committee, Awards Committee, Education Committee, Government Relations Committee or Legal Services Plan Committee.

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

  • OPA officers and directors take office July 1

    Ray Dyer begins his new term as president of the Oklahoma Press Association on July 1. Dyer was elected to the position on June 7 during the annual business meeting at the OPA Convention. Dyer is a third-generation publisher/editor of the El Reno Tribune.
    Other officers beginning new terms on July 1 are Mike Strain, Tulsa World, as vice president; and Jeff Shultz, Garvin County News Star, as treasurer.
    At the membership's business meeting several directors were also elected. Brian Blansett, Tri-County Herald, begins a one-year term as past president. Zonelle Rainbolt from The Cordell Beacon was re-elected to a three-year term as director. Don Mecoy of The Oklahoman, was elected to fulfill the third year of a vacated three-year term as director. And Sheila Gay of the Woodward News was elected to a three-year term as director.

    » View the full Board of Directors representing OPA and OPS

  • Spitzers sell Sayre paper after 32 years at the helm

    After 32 years of publishing The Beckham County Record, previously known as The Sayre Record and Beckham County Democrat, Brad and Dayva Spitzer have sold their newspaper to Kay County Media, effective July 1st.
    Kay County Media is owned by Cordell natives Scott Wesner and Scott Wood, who also publish newspapers in Texas, Kansas, Nebraska. Their Oklahoma papers include The Elk City News, The Ponca City News and The Tonkawa News.
    “We feel like this business deal will be the best case scenario for the future of the newspaper," said Brad Spitzer. "We feel blessed to have buyers who are committed to sustaining the presence of small town newspapers.”
    Spitzer will continue to provide on-site consulting as well as shoot sports photography. Wife Dayva was OPA president in 2016-17.

    » Read the full story

  • 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!

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