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Jennifer Pitts

Tri-County Herald
February 2017 Column Winner
Time disappears when he smiles


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John M. Wylie II

Oologah Lake Leader
February 2017 Editorial Winner
He is our president


  • Journalism Hall of Fame to induct nine

    Nine outstanding journalists will be honored during the 47th anniversary of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame Thursday, April 27, at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Master of ceremonies will be Mark Thomas, executive vice-president of the Oklahoma Press Association.

    The honorees are:

    • James Beaty, managing editor of the McAlester News-Capital
    • Steve Booher, retired from the Cherokee Messenger & Republican
    • John Durkee, news director at KWGS, Tulsa University NPR
    • Lis Exon, OETA-TV Tulsa news manager and journalist
    • Carla Hinton, religion editor for The Oklahoman
    • Randy Krehbiel, government-politics reporter for the Tulsa World
    • Dr. Paul R. Lehman, first African American newsperson on Oklahoma City TV
    • Ralph Schaefer, veteran newsman for suburban Tulsa newspapers
    • Gene Triplett, retired news and entertainment journalist, The Oklahoman.

    » More information about this year's inductees and order tickets for the induction ceremony

  • Former OPA President Donn Dodd dies

    Donn R. Dodd, former publisher of the Claremore Daily Progress and a past president of the Oklahoma Press Association, died April 3, 2017, in Claremore. He was 85.
    The family will be having a private memorial service. Dodd requested no public service.
    Dodd graduated from Oklahoma A & M College in 1953 with a degree in journalism.
    His career started in Bartlesville, and also served with newspapers in Miami, Okmulgee, and Sapulpa.
    In 1965, he moved to Claremore, serving as publisher and owner of the Claremore Daily Progress from 1965 to 1986.
    Dodd was  president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 1985, and also served on many OPA committees throughout the years.
    He is survived by two daughters, Susan Dodd-Taylor of Jenks and Dr. Karen Willhoite of Claremore; and several grandchildren.

  • Judges needed for Arkansas News/Editorial Contest

    More than 30 volunteers are needed to judge the Arkansas Press Association's news & editorial contest. This is a great opportunity to gather new ideas for your paper. Entries will be judged ONLINE in April. APA members are judging OPA's Better Newspaper Contest right now, so we encourage all OPA contest participants to help out and return the favor!

    » Sign up to judge Arkansas' contest

  • Services for OPA past president Jerry Quinn

    A memorial service for Jerry Quinn, former publisher of the Okmulgee Daily Times and Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, and a past president of the Oklahoma Press Association, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 220 N. Seminole Ave., in Claremore, Oklahoma.
    Quinn died March 10, 2017. He was 68. He was born Sept. 3, 1948, in Atchison, Kansas, and grew up in Blackwell. He served in active duty for the U.S. Navy until July 4, 1971, and was discharged from the Naval Reserve on June 1, 1976. He returned to Blackwell and attended Oklahoma State University after service.
    In 1973, Quinn married Carol Sue Purdy and the couple moved to Bartlesville, where Jerry joined the Examiner-Enterprise. He later managed the Wewoka Daily Times, the Holdenville Daily News and the Chickasha Daily Express.
    Quinn became general manager of the Okmulgee newspaper in 1987, and was named publisher in 1992.
    In 2001, he was named advertising director at the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise. He was named publisher of that newspaper in 2006, following the death of longtime publisher Joseph H. Edwards.
    Quinn served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 2000-2001, and was an Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation trustee from 2008 to 2012. He was instrumental in the establishment of the ONF Joseph H. Edwards Outdoor Writer of the Year in 2007.
    He is survived by his wife, Carol Sue Quinn of Owasso; one daughter, Karen Sue Inman and husband Brian Lee of Owasso; two sons, David Wayne Quinn of Jones, and Robert Dean Quinn of Owasso; three grandchildren and two brothers.

  • Did we receive your contest entries?

    » CHECK THIS LIST to confirm your entries arrived at the OPA office.  The list is updated daily.
    Entries must be postmarked by Monday, Feb. 13. 

  • Judges needed for Arkansas Advertising Contest

    Volunteers are needed to judge the Arkansas Press Association's advertising contest. This is a great opportunity to gather new ideas for your paper. Entries will be judged ONLINE in in a few weeks. APA members will judge OPA's Better Newspaper Contest this spring, so we encourage all OPA contest participants to help out and return the favor! (Judging of Arkansas' Better Newspaper Contest will happen later this year.)

    » Sign up to judge Arkansas' contest

  • Make an Impact at Legislative Summit Feb. 9

    Publishers and editors of legal newspapers are encouraged to join us at the State Capitol on Feb. 9 at the annual Legislative Summit. We need you to speak with your legislators about the many bills affecting newspapers and newspaper interests, and visiting at their Capitol offices really makes an impact. Senate Pro Tempore Shultz and Speaker McCall are scheduled to speak to the group after lunch. The meeting is free and includes a BBQ lunch, but registration is required. 

    » Plan to join us at the Summit

  • Prepare your Contest Entries & Award Nominations

    The 2016 Better Newspaper Contest entry packets have been mailed to all OPA member newspapers. The packet contains rules, an entry form and labels for your entry envelopes. Business member newspapers also will receive entry forms for the Digital Media Contest, Print Quality Contest, Outdoor Writer of the Year contest, ONF Beachy Musselman Award, Half Century Club and Quarter Century Club. All contest entries and award nominations must be postmarked by Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. If your publisher does not receive the rules packet by Dec. 5, you can download the events, rules and forms at the link below or notify us to request a new packet be mailed to you.

    » Find out more about OPA Contests & Awards

  • Order your 2017 Press Cards

    OPA is offering high quality photo ID Press Cards to business member newspapers for $5 each. These press cards are perfect for reporters, photographers and any other staff members at your newspaper. The hard, plastic badges – usable for a calendar year – feature your mugshot, along with your newspaper’s name and phone number. A clip at the top of the card makes it easy to attach to a lanyard, clothing or camera bag.

    Standard cardstock Press Cards are also available for free to OPA members. They do not include the staff person's name and photo. The name and newspaper can be handwritten on the back of the card.

    Order your press cards now. View more information or download the Press Card order form.

  • Student Internship Applications Available

    The student application form for ONF's 2017 paid summer internship program is now available. The application deadline is Feb. 17, 2017. At least 18 Oklahoma newspapers will receive funding to host a paid intern next summer. The program is made possible by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. 

    » Download internship application: www.okpress.com/internships

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