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  • FOI-Oklahoma sets first in ‘Open Conversations’ speaker series with reporter Chase Cook on Sept. 28

    FOI-Oklahoma will host its first speaker in a new series with Chase Cook, a University of Oklahoma graduate whose tweet became a rallying cry for many in the news industry after a shooting in his newsroom.

    “I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow,” he tweeted in the aftermath of the June shooting that killed five at The Capital in Annapolis, Maryland. That tweet ended up on many newspapers’ mastheads on July 12 as a salute to those who lost their lives.

    The “Open Conversations … with Chase Cook” dinner is set for 7-9 p.m. Sept. 28 in Studio D of Gaylord Hall at OU’s campus in Norman. The event is the first in a series of lectures sponsored by FOI-Oklahoma, whose mission is to promote open and transparent government in Oklahoma.

    Cost is $50 for general tickets and $35 for student tickets. Tickets can be purchased at (Sponsor tables are available for $500 and can be purchased by sending an email to FOI-Oklahoma Executive Director Andy Moore,

  • August Publisher available to download

    Download the August issue of The Oklahoma Publisher by clicking the link below. Read about the Hancock Event Center in Hobart, Oklahoma, named for Joe and Bill Hancock; find out what ONF interns thought about their newspaper experience; plus columns by Dr. Terry Clark and computer consultant Wilma Newby. 

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • Public Notice Standards & Best Practices

    The protection of public notices is a priority of the OPA. In addition to the Legal Notice Guide, we now have a document listing almost 50 standards and best practices by which to handle public notices. Copies were mailed to publishers this week, so we recommend reviewing and comparing them to your current methods. Affidavit templates are also available to download. Staff that schedule notices should strive to give news tips to reporters based on the content of certain notices, then articles should reference the public notice as your source (see examples of a few topics).

    If you need one or more additional copies of the Standards and Best practices document, or have questions about handling public notices, contact Lisa Sutliff at, 1-888-815-2672 or 405-499-0026.

  • Order OPA Press Cards before Football Season

    Two types of 2018 Press cards are available. High quality photo ID press cards (with clips) can be ordered by business member newspapers for $7 each. The hard, plastic badges – usable for the 2018 calendar year only – feature the staff member's mugshot, along with your newspaper’s name and phone number. View more information at or download the order form.

    FREE press cards are also available for the 2018 calendar year. They do not feature a staff member's name or photo, but you can write the newspaper name on the back. To request them, email and specify the number of free press cards you need or send in the order form linked above.

  • July Publisher available for download

    Can't wait to read the July issue of The Oklahoma Publisher? No problem. Download it at the link below to read OPA President Ted Streuli's "lede & --30--" column, tips to stay safe in the newsroom during an active shooter situation, ways to stop some of those annoying robocalls and much more. 

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • June Publisher available for download

    The June issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is all about the convention, contest winners and photos. Read about Oklahoma's congressional delegation opposing the tariff on newsprint. Wilma Newby talks about Apple's new OS in her column this month while Dr. Terry Clark discusses the importance of obits in your newspaper.  

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • Congratulations to the OPA Award Winners

    The Oklahoma Press Association presented its Better Newspaper Contest Awards
    during the OPA Annual Convention, June 15-16, at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in
    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. Jeff Mayo, publisher of seven Oklahoma newspapers, received the Milt Phillips Award. Jeff Mullin, who has worked at the Enid News & Eagle for 41 years, was the recipient of the Beachy Musselman Award.
    In the daily divisions, winners of this year’s Sequoyah Awards in the OPA Better Newspaper Contes were The Norman Transcript, Weatherford Daily News and The Journal Record. Sequoyah winners in the weekly divisions were The Purcell Register, Wagoner County American-Tribune, Midwest City Beacon, Tri-County Herald in Meeker and The Edmond Sun. The Oklahoma Daily at the University of Oklahoma was the winner in the college division.
    To view all the winners in the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest go to

  • Registration for 2018 Annual Convention Now Open!

    OPA’s Annual Convention is June 15-16 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 16 during the awards banquet. Program and registration information can be found at You may register and pre-pay online or by mail.

  • Submit an entry for Ray Lokey Memorial Award for Excellence in Reporting

    A $500 prize awaits the first winner of ONF's new award established by readers of the Johnston County Capital-Democrat to honor its former publisher. The Ray Lokey Memorial Award for Excellence in Reporting will recognize a writer whose published work demonstrates a dedication to well researched, responsible and fact-driven journalism for the benefit of their community and the newspaper industry. The deadline for entries is May 14, so don't delay!  

    » Find out how to submit your entry

  • April Publisher available for download

    In this month's issue of The Oklahoma Publisher, read about Oklahoma native Leslie Carberry who was named as one of E&P's 25 Under 35. Carberry is pre-press manager at the Sequoyah County Times in Sallisaw. Also this month, Dr. Terry Clark showcases front pages of the recent Oklahoma teacher strike at the state capitol. 

    To download this month's issue, click here.

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