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Oklahoma Press Association

Oklahoma Press Association The Oklahoma Press Association is a trade organization serving almost 200 daily and weekly newspapers. The OPA is committed to safeguarding and advancing the newspaper profession in the State of Oklahoma, so that the profession and public may benefit.

Through this page, we'll keep you posted on industry issues, upcoming association events, programs and other opportunities in the state. Check here for pictures from conventions and ONF workshops, contest results and news alerts about Oklahoma newspapers. Feel free to share ideas with your peers on innovations in Oklahoma newspapers and discuss how things are going in your region of the s

Through this page, we'll keep you posted on industry issues, upcoming association events, programs and other opportunities in the state. Check here for pictures from conventions and ONF workshops, contest results and news alerts about Oklahoma newspapers. Feel free to share ideas with your peers on innovations in Oklahoma newspapers and discuss how things are going in your region of the s

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Our first free seminar on Oklahoma's open meeting & records laws with the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office will be hel...
09/23/2022
Open Meeting, Open Records Seminars - Oklahoma Press Association

Our first free seminar on Oklahoma's open meeting & records laws with the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office will be held Monday, Sept. 26 in Enid. Everyone that deals with open meetings or open records are encouraged to attend. Four more seminars are scheduled this fall - Find the seminar dates and locations here: https://okpress.com/page/seminars
Thanks to Cindy Allen at the Enid News & Eagle for writing an editorial encouraging her local officials and the general public to attend: https://www.enidnews.com/opinion/editorial-open-meetings-records-act-seminar-will-benefit-public-officials/article_8fb65162-35dc-11ed-b880-93e2e778318a.html. Please let us know if you write a similar piece about the seminars!

PRESENTED BY: Julie Pittman, General Counsel   and Thomas Schneider, Deputy General CounselOffice of the Oklahoma Attorney General

We are sad to report that Charles (Charley) Rogers Biggs, longtime owner and publisher of the Tulsa Beacon, died August ...
09/02/2022

We are sad to report that Charles (Charley) Rogers Biggs, longtime owner and publisher of the Tulsa Beacon, died August 29, 2022. He was 68.
Services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the First Baptist Church, 100 West Albany Street, Broken Arrow.
Biggs was born November 16, 1953. He met his wife, Susan, in 1981 and married her in July 1982.
Biggs worked at the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Bixby Bulletin and Tulsa World, where he started the newspaper’s zoned editions, before launching the Glenpool Post, which he later sold.
In 2001, he started the conservative, Christian-oriented newspaper, the Tulsa Beacon.
Biggs is survived by his wife, Susan; sons Brian and Josiah Biggs; daughter Sara Berg; brother Jonathan Biggs; and two grandchildren.

07/18/2022

NEWS TRACKER / ARCHIVE ASST.
Oklahoma Press Service is seeking a tech-savvy person for a full-time, in-office position in our news tracking division. OPS tracks digital newspaper pages and uses our online system to find and select articles for clients based upon keywords; sort and catalog physical newspapers for our archives; and use a digital camera system in our basement to photograph pages. The right candidate must have the ability to learn new systems and procedures, think creatively, work within a routine, but deviate when necessary. Must be friendly, punctual, and able to lift mail tubs.

Competitive pay and benefits. Work hours: 7am – 4pm, M-F Email resume and cover letter to: [email protected]

Located at: 3601 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 731

07/15/2022

OK PRESS - NOW HIRING:
Design/Editorial Assistant & Social Media Coordinator

Work closely with Editor, Member Services Director and advertising department to create ads, brochures, slideshows, typeset public notice, and other material. Write and edit copy for monthly publication.
Use your digital experience to develop a weekly newsletter for members and create digital ads.
Learn our website CMS and help maintain mailing lists and content.

Qualifications:
• Experience with Adobe Creative Suite
• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
• Social media management and audience development experience a plus
• Video experience and photography a plus
• Understanding of news writing, journalism, reporting and editing
• Flexible, able to work on a range of topics and assignments
• Team player
• Newspaper experience a plus

Send resume and materials to Jennifer at [email protected]

Oklahoma Press is located at 3601 N. Lincoln Blvd, OKC, OK 73105. Work hours: M-F, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full-time in-office position with competitive starting salary and full benefits (health, dental, vision, short/long term disability, vac/sick time) after 90 days.

Come work at a great place and make a difference in the Oklahoma media world!

Zonelle Rainbolt, executive editor of Wesner Publications, takes office as president of the Oklahoma Press Association t...
07/01/2022

Zonelle Rainbolt, executive editor of Wesner Publications, takes office as president of the Oklahoma Press Association today.
OPA members elected Rainbolt during the annual business meeting on June 10 at the OPA Convention in Oklahoma City.
Don Mecoy, managing editor of The Oklahoman, was elected vice president, and David Stringer, publisher of The Lawton Constitution, was elected treasurer.
"I am a strong believer in a free, independent and accountable press," Rainbolt said. "We have a responsibility to inform and must do that with accuracy and integrity."
READ MORE: https://okpress.com/page/president

2022 Convention photos are live!  Look back on all the fun times with almost 300 people learning, sharing ideas and cele...
06/20/2022

2022 Convention photos are live! Look back on all the fun times with almost 300 people learning, sharing ideas and celebrating Oklahoma newspapers.

Photos from Oklahoma Press Association's post
06/20/2022

Photos from Oklahoma Press Association's post

The Convention's Early Bird Registration Deadline is THIS FRIDAY! May 20 is the deadline to register and SAVE MONEY. Fri...
05/19/2022

The Convention's Early Bird Registration Deadline is THIS FRIDAY! May 20 is the deadline to register and SAVE MONEY. Friday is also the deadline to order this year's T-shirt! If you love any of these movies that showcase the power of newspapers, you should grab this shirt for only $15! (It also features a small OPA logo on the front.) Read more & Register online at https://okpress.com/page/convention

What do "All the President's Men," "Spotlight," "Newsies," "The Post" and "Citizen Kane" have in common? All showcase th...
05/12/2022
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What do "All the President's Men," "Spotlight," "Newsies," "The Post" and "Citizen Kane" have in common? All showcase the power of newspapers!!
OPA's 2022 Convention to be held June 10-11 in downtown Oklahoma City! The deadline to receive the Early Bird discount on your registration fees and order T-shirts is Friday, May 20 so time is running out! Don't miss out on this fun event filled with camaraderie and ideas! It's a great opportunity to connect with newspaper folks from across the state. Find out more: https://okpress.com/convention FB Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1587000635017810

We received sad news yesterday that Joe Worley, longtime executive editor of the Tulsa World and OPA past president, has...
04/14/2022

We received sad news yesterday that Joe Worley, longtime executive editor of the Tulsa World and OPA past president, has died. We heard that services will likely occur in May. Our thoughts are with his wife, Lis, his children, Bo and Allison, and the Tulsa World family.

Joe Worley’s 45-year career included 27 years at the Tulsa World. He retired in 2014. The Journalism Hall of Fame inductee served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 2004. He received ONF’s Beachy Musselman Award in 2009 and the OPA Milt Phillips Award in 2015.

We will share more information when it becomes available.

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02/20/2022

Photos from Oklahoma Press Association's post

This loss of Max Heath is being felt by newspaper leaders across the country. Max was an expert in USPS logistics and te...
07/29/2021
National Newspaper Association mourns the passing of postal guru Max Heath

This loss of Max Heath is being felt by newspaper leaders across the country. Max was an expert in USPS logistics and testified on behalf of before the Postal Regulatory Commission multiple times. He also shared his wealth of knowledge through NNA conference sessions and his monthly postal column in NNA's PubAux. Our condolences to Max's family and friends.

The death of NNA’s Postal Chair Emeritus Max Heath, Shelbyville, Kentucky, on July 28 set off a period of mourning across the community newspaper industry.

07/12/2021

The Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation Board of Trustees recently elected its officers for 2021-2022 during its meeting on June 11.
Maria Noble, publisher of the Oologah Lake Leader, was elected president for a one-year term. Cindy Allen, publisher of Enid News & Eagle, was elected vice president and Jeff Mayo, publisher of the Sequoyah County Times, was re-elected as treasurer.
Other ONF Trustees are: Ray Dyer, El Reno Tribune; Sheila Gay, Woodward News; John D. Montgomery, The Purcell Register; Jeff Shultz, retired; David Stringer, The Lawton Constitution; and Barb Walter, Kingfisher Times & Free Press.
The current officers of the OPA Board of Directors also serve on the ONF Board of Trustees. They are John Denny Montgomery, The Purcell Register, and Mark Millsap, The Norman Transcript.

John Denny Montgomery, co-publisher of The Purcell Register, takes office as president of the Oklahoma Press Association...
07/01/2021

John Denny Montgomery, co-publisher of The Purcell Register, takes office as president of the Oklahoma Press Association on July 1, 2021.
OPA members elected Montgomery during the annual business meeting at the June 11-12 OPA Convention in Oklahoma City.
"It is my highest privilege to serve as president of OPA," said Montgomery. "I've looked up to so many past OPA presidents during my lifetime, including my parents, John D. and Gracie, and I'm honored for the opportunity to serve the association and its membership."
READ MORE: https://okpress.com/page/president

Cindy Allen, publisher of the Enid News & Eagle, describes some of the projects members shared at the OPA Convention ear...
06/28/2021
COLUMN: Oklahoma newspapers stepped up to help their communities get through COVID

Cindy Allen, publisher of the Enid News & Eagle, describes some of the projects members shared at the OPA Convention earlier this month. Check it out!

It’s been several years since I have attended Oklahoma’s Press Association Convention, and I was glad to be able to return as a full participant this past weekend. The OPA

Photos from Oklahoma Press Association's post
06/15/2021

Photos from Oklahoma Press Association's post

Have you registered yet for the June 11-12 Convention?  Time is running out, so visit okpress.com/convention to save you...
05/28/2021

Have you registered yet for the June 11-12 Convention? Time is running out, so visit okpress.com/convention to save your seat!

We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Convention, June 11-12, in downtown OKC! This important event features great educational sessions, idea sharing and networking opportunities, plus the winners of the Better Newspaper Contest will be announced June 12 during the awards banquet.

Register online at www.okpress.com/convention. T-Shirt orders should be submitted by May 19 to guarantee availability.

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, May 19 is the LAST day to order your 2021 OPA t-shirt.    Click the link below to place your order today!
05/17/2021
2021 Hometown Heroes T-Shirt - Oklahoma Press

Wednesday, May 19 is the LAST day to order your 2021 OPA t-shirt. Click the link below to place your order today!

Orders are due by May 19 to guarantee availability!  Navy shirt with the OPA logo in the front corner and the featured image on the back of the shirt that reads "Newspapers tell the stories of Hometown Heroes." 

Display your pride in newspapers with the 2021 OPA t-shirt.  Available for $12, order online now and pick it up at the O...
05/10/2021

Display your pride in newspapers with the 2021 OPA t-shirt. Available for $12, order online now and pick it up at the OPA Annual Convention, June 11-12 at the Sheraton Downtown Oklahoma City. Click the link below to place your order today!

https://okpress.com/store/viewproduct.aspx?id=18286515

We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Convention, June 11-12, in downtown OKC!  This important event features grea...
05/06/2021

We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Convention, June 11-12, in downtown OKC! This important event features great educational sessions, idea sharing and networking opportunities, plus the winners of the Better Newspaper Contest will be announced June 12 during the awards banquet.

Register online at www.okpress.com/convention. T-Shirt orders should be submitted by May 19 to guarantee availability.

We'll see you there!

Jill Hunt has announced her retirement after 39 years in the industry and 20+ years at the Stillwater News Press. Jill b...
04/14/2021
Jill Hunt retiring as publisher of the Stillwater News Press

Jill Hunt has announced her retirement after 39 years in the industry and 20+ years at the Stillwater News Press. Jill became News Press publisher in 2019 after serving as ad director for many years. She says she plans to spend more time on the golf course, at the lake and with friends and family. Best wishes, Jill!

Stillwater News Press Publisher Jill Hunt has announced her retirement.

Content toolkit reporting package - Sunshine Week — News Leaders Assocation
03/14/2021
Content toolkit reporting package - Sunshine Week — News Leaders Assocation

Content toolkit reporting package - Sunshine Week — News Leaders Assocation

Toolkit and content package comprising opinion articles, columns and cartoons for Sunshine Week, which promotes access to public information, Freedom of Information and FOIA, sunshine laws, open government meetings and records.

Shine a light on the importance of open records and government transparency during Sunshine Week, March 14-20. Join news...
03/11/2021

Shine a light on the importance of open records and government transparency during Sunshine Week, March 14-20. 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. If you want some prepared content to publish, visit here for options: https://okpress.com/news/555146/Celebrate-Sunshine-Week-March-14-20.htm

Friends, Virginia Press Assoc. needs 4 Judges to review HARD-COPY contest entries for (1) page layout, (2) specialty mak...
03/06/2021

Friends, Virginia Press Assoc. needs 4 Judges to review HARD-COPY contest entries for (1) page layout, (2) specialty make up, (3) design and presentation and (4) special sections. The entries would be shipped to judges next week. Any volunteers?!? Sounds like a fun judging opportunity!

Reid Newspapers, an Oklahoma-based, family owned newspaper company run by Phillip and Jeanne Ann Reid, has purchased the...
02/05/2021

Reid Newspapers, an Oklahoma-based, family owned newspaper company run by Phillip and Jeanne Ann Reid, has purchased the Miami News-Record, The Grove Sun and Delaware County Journal from Gannett Co. Inc. The company also owns the Weatherford Daily News, Perry Journal and several other papers in the state.

Longtime Oklahoma journalist Cindy Allen is returning to Enid next week to serve as Publisher/Editor at Enid News & Eagl...
02/01/2021
Allen appointed new publisher and editor of News & Eagle

Longtime Oklahoma journalist Cindy Allen is returning to Enid next week to serve as Publisher/Editor at Enid News & Eagle. She served as managing editor of the newspaper from 2002 to 2011 before moving to Oklahoma City. Cindy succeeds longtime publisher Jeff Funk, who retired in December, and editor Rob Collins, who is now heading Oklahoma Media Center. Welcome back, Cindy Elliott Allen!

The Enid News & Eagle has named Cindy Allen, an accomplished journalist and communications executive, publisher and editor of the newspaper.

We are saddened to learn that Becky Mayo, 79, died yesterday. Becky was a longtime member and friend that contributed to...
01/15/2021

We are saddened to learn that Becky Mayo, 79, died yesterday. Becky was a longtime member and friend that contributed to Newspapers in Education and the newspaper industry in Oklahoma. Our condolences to her family, including son Jeff Mayo, a past president of OPA, and his wife Beth, and the Sequoyah County Times staff.

Rebecca Ann “Becky” Mayo, who was active in many phases of the Sequoyah County Times operation, died Jan. 14, 2021. She was 79. In 1992, Mayo pioneered a comprehensive Newspaper in Education (NIE) program for the Sequoyah County Times and other small newspapers to provide newspapers, tours and youth career counseling to students. She was first chairperson of the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation committee on NIE.
In 2002, she and her husband, Jim, received the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation’s Beachy Musselman Award for outstanding contributions to newspaper journalism. Jim was also a past president of OPA.
Becky was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003.
https://www.sequoyahcountytimes.com/news/family-friends-mourn-passing-becky-mayo

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In the latest release of Medill Local News Initiative's State of Local News report, we hear from Phillip Reid, CEO of Reid Newspapers, on the trend of local news publishers reducing their number of print editions. Oklahoma Press Association #localnewspapers #synergy #advertising #onlinenews https://www.todayinnewstech.com/articles/oklahoma-publisher-encourages-print-digital-synergy/
The newspaper received six awards — three 2nd-places and three third-places — as part of Oklahoma Press Association's 2022 annual Better Newspaper Contest in June. Here is a collection of those stories.
Thanks to all our advertisers in today's issue: Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, Chupps Auction Company, Dale and Lee's Service -Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing, Mowery Funeral Service, Oklahoma Press Association, Southern Agriculture, Tulsa Drillers Baseball
The newspaper received six awards as part of Oklahoma Press Association's 2022 annual Better Newspaper Contest, held June 10-11.
Congratulations to News Editor Justin Ayer and our chamber partners at the Wagoner County American-Tribune for winning a host of awards from the Oklahoma Press Association! We are blessed to have a community publication to help us promote our chamber events!
The Wagoner County American-Tribune had a stellar representation at the annual Oklahoma Press Association Convention in Oklahoma City on Saturday, June 11, winning two first place newspaper awards, one second place and five individual awards for its division.
It has been a difficult couple of years for the Examiner-Enterprise staff. That makes it even better that, for the 2nd consecutive year, our hard work has been recognized by the Oklahoma Press Association! Our wonderful photographer Andy Dossett received first place in photo essay, general photography and news photography as well as second place in feature photography. Reporter Susan Riley received third place for both business and feature stories and Mike Tupa take first place in sports stories. Excited to hang these plaques and certificates next to last year's awards!
Thank you Oklahoma Press Association ! It was an incredible pleasure to be with you during these two days. Hope to see you soon!
It was a great day for the Wagoner County American-Tribune! The publication took home first place awards in news content, in-depth reporting and layout & design at the 2022 Oklahoma Press Association Banquet. We got a chance to hear from journalism experts, Oklahoma political figures, and even the College Football Playoff Executive Director. Plus - seeing my Tulsa World colleagues was an added bonus!
Hilliary Communications was honored to sponsor the Movie Trivia Night at Oklahoma Press Association! Hilliary Communications congratulates all the teams!
We are pleased to be a sponsor for the Oklahoma Press Association convention!
Oklahoma Press Association - we're comin'! ✈️
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Congratulations to Steve Lackmeyer who was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame by the Oklahoma Press Association Thursday! A much-deserved honor, Steve!
Ted Streuli was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame by the Oklahoma Press Association Thursday. Congratulations on being recognized for your hard work and leadership, Ted!
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