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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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

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06/15/2021

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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

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!

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

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!

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.

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

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

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Mainstream Malpractice: How mainstream media can improve Indigenous pandemic...
01/12/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Mainstream Malpractice: How mainstream media can improve Indigenous pandemic reporting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Mainstream Malpractice: How mainstream media can improve Indigenous pandemic reporting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Non-Indigenous editors, producers, and reporters in mainstream media continue to be inconsistent in how they report on the pandemic and its impact across Indian Country. Inexperienced non-Indigenous journalists too often dip into common tropes and stereotypes in their reporting. How can non-Indigeno...

After plans for the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame's 50th anniversary gala were postponed twice this year due to the p...
12/28/2020
Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame proceeding with 50th anniversary gala - Oklahoma Press

After plans for the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame's 50th anniversary gala were postponed twice this year due to the pandemic, the event is now scheduled for May 14, 2021, at the Oklahoma History Center.
Inductees for 2020 are Clytie Bunyan, Al Eschbach, Rusty Ferguson, Lori Fullbright, Rochelle Hines, Michael McNutt, Michael Sims, Tony Stizza, Scott Thompson and Yvette Walker. Recipients of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards are Dr. Bob Blackburn and Robert (Bob) K. Goodwin.
Copies of the hall of fame’s coffee table book, “Our Greatest Journalists: Fifty Years of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame” are still available for purchase at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame or at Best of Books.

“Our Greatest Journalists” coffee table book still available to purchase.After plans for the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary gala were postponed twice this year due to the pandemic, the event is now scheduled for May 14, 2021, at the Oklahoma History Center.

National Newspaper Association today celebrated the outcome of extended negotiations by Congress this month that wrapped...
12/22/2020
NNA celebrates big wins: more PPP loans, allowable expenses and recognized deductions for PPP borrowers

National Newspaper Association today celebrated the outcome of extended negotiations by Congress this month that wrapped many of NNA’s requests into the next stimulus bill of more than $900 billion.
“If there was any doubt about financially supporting the extraordinary legislative achievements of NNA, this should make it plain that every paper benefits from the efforts of their congressional action team,” Mark Thomas said.

National Newspaper Association today celebrated the outcome of extended negotiations by Congress this month that wrapped many of NNA’s requests into the next stimulus ...

Retirement is nabbing another great one. Jeff Funk, Enid News & Eagle publisher and OPA past president, will step down D...
12/21/2020
Funk to retire as News & Eagle publisher

Retirement is nabbing another great one. Jeff Funk, Enid News & Eagle publisher and OPA past president, will step down Dec. 31.
"After 45-plus years in the daily newspaper business, it’s time to wrap up what has been a great career,” Funk said.
Best wishes to you, Jeff!!

By Enid News & Eagle

Government bodies to resume in-person meetings, spurring coronavirus concerns
11/11/2020
Government bodies to resume in-person meetings, spurring coronavirus concerns

Government bodies to resume in-person meetings, spurring coronavirus concerns

NOV 11, 2020 - Oklahoma government bodies will return to meeting in person next week after a temporary law that allows for virtual meetings expires Sunday. The state's top legislative leaders have no plans to call a special session to extend the deadline of a law that allows government bodies to mee...

OPA is excited to announce The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is launching the Oklahoma Local Legal Initia...
11/10/2020

OPA is excited to announce The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is launching the Oklahoma Local Legal Initiative, an ambitious program that expands legal support for local news and is already underway in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Colorado.
KatieBeth Gardner joins the Reporters Committee as a Local Legal Initiative attorney based in Oklahoma, where she will provide pro bono legal support to local journalists and news organizations pursuing enterprise and investigative reporting in communities across the state.
Read more: https://okpress.com/news/538288/KatieBeth-Gardner-joins-the-Reporters-Committee-as-Local-Legal-Initiative-attorney-in-Oklahoma.htm
We look forward to working with KatieBeth!

OPA is excited to announce The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is launching the Oklahoma Local Legal Initiative, an ambitious program that expands legal support for local news and is already underway in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Colorado.
KatieBeth Gardner joins the Reporters Committee as a Local Legal Initiative attorney based in Oklahoma, where she will provide pro bono legal support to local journalists and news organizations pursuing enterprise and investigative reporting in communities across the state.
Read more: https://okpress.com/news/538288/KatieBeth-Gardner-joins-the-Reporters-Committee-as-Local-Legal-Initiative-attorney-in-Oklahoma.htm
We look forward to working with KatieBeth!

10/26/2020

It is with sadness that we report the death of Yvonne Marie (Lacy) Evans, who once worked at newspapers in Seiling, Barnsdall, Inola and Perkins with her husband Bob Evans. Yvonne died Oct. 22, 2020 in Guthrie. She was 81.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Strode Funeral Home in Stillwater, Okla., with burial at the Perkins, Okla., cemetery.

Yvonne was born Dec. 2, 1938. After graduating from Perkins High School in 1956, she attended Oklahoma State University for one year while working at the Perkins Journal as society editor where her future husband, Robert L. Evans, was owner and publisher. They were married on June 6, 1957.
Bob and Yvonne owned and worked side by side at several weekly newspapers during their more than 50 years of marriage. They also owned and operated Evans Publications, a book publishing business.
The Evans were inducted into the Oklahoma Press Association’s Half Century Club in 2004.
She is survived by her children, Joel Robert of Tulsa; Lacy Patrick and husband James “Wimp” of Perkins; Lloyd William and wife Kenna of Stillwater; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and three sisters.

10/21/2020

We are sad to post the news of the death of Neville Hancock, longtime publisher of the Hobart Democrat-Chief.
Neville died October 20, 2020. She was 91.
A graveside service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2020, at Hobart Rose Cemetery, Hwy. 183, under the direction of Ray and Martha’s Funeral Home.
Because of safety concerns surrounding Covid-19, there will not be a church service. The family requests that those who choose to attend, please practice social distancing and wear a mask.
Sympathy cards may be sent to the Hobart Democrat-Chief, 407 S. Main St., Hobart, OK 73651 or posted on the funeral home’s tribute wall at https://www.rayandmarthas.com/obituaries/Neville-Hancock/.

Neville was born Feb. 26, 1929, on a farm north of Cooperton.
After graduating from Hobart High School in 1949, she attended the University of Oklahoma and was a few hours short of graduation form OU when she joined her husband, Joe, who was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army.
After returning to Hobart in 1953, the Hancocks both began working at the Democrat-Chief.
Neville became a columnist, writing Neville’s News on a daily basis until the paper became a weekly in 1988.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joe in 2014.
Neville is survived by her daughter Mollie Nagel, and sons Walter Joe Hancock, Jr. and Todd Hancock, all of Hobart; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

08/29/2020

Services for OPA and LSP Attorney David McCullough will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 31, at the Norman Community Church of the Nazarene, 1801 N. Porter Ave., Norman, OK.
Our condolences to his many family and friends.

Friends, we're sad to report that David McCullough, an attorney for the Oklahoma Press Association and the OPA's Legal S...
08/27/2020

Friends, we're sad to report that David McCullough, an attorney for the Oklahoma Press Association and the OPA's Legal Services Plan, died today after a brief illness. Services are pending.
McCullough graduated from The University of Oklahoma in 1977 with a degree in journalism and mass communication. He spent five years as a journalist, first working as sports editor at the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat, and later as managing editor at the Guthrie Daily Leader.
In 1981, he entered The University of Oklahoma’s School of Law, graduating in 1984.
McCullough received the Society of Professional Journalists First Amendment Award in 1996. He is a founding member and sat on the board of directors of FOI Oklahoma, Inc. He also authored the Oklahoma Open Government Guide as part of the 50 State Open Government Guide published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
McCullough is also nationally recognized for his representation of Native American tribes.

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I hope this is okay to post here; I though it might be relevant. #k*kAlert I recently came across T.F. Hensley while reading some historical newpapers. He was a founding member of the Oklahoma Press association, owner and editor of the El Reno Democrat, former Oklahoma Senator, and member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, was a racist as well as a leader within the Ku Klux Klan. Oklahoma Press Association has no black people in positions of leadership now and has never had a black president. I'm interested in a march to the Cowboy Hall of Fame to get him kicked out; he is not a good example of a citizen nor a model for our children. I call on the Oklahoma Press Association to disavow this sorry excuse of for a man, and hope you will as well. He was a conniving terrorist who, as editor in El Reno and elsewhere, printed false stories in order to foster hatred of people of color and libel them as cultures and individuals. As a Senator he shielded the K*K from prosecution and hid their crimes while participating in them. He spent much of his life trying to keep other people down for his personal gain and ignorant beliefs. Further I believe his life should be thoroughly researched in order that his k*k connections be fleshed out.
Are we the last newspaper in the state to use Bulletlink as our web host? Their server has been down all week and our site has been inactive. Only way way we ever contact them is through the site administrator page that is not available. I was getting updates through online chat (the only thing that was functioning on THEIR website) but now that is offline as well. Anyone have another way to contact them??
Hi there. I'm looking for a photographer who would be able to go and film a little girl in Oklahoma for the company I work for in the UK, Caters News Agency. We are doing a story on her but would like some images and video of her doing some activities. I'm in the process of finding out where exactly she is in Oklahoma, but wanted to see if there was anyone in this group who'd be happy to do such a trip? Many thanks, Laura