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  • 2019 OPA press cards now available

    This year is almost over so it's time to request your OPA press cards for 2019!  OPA offers two types of press cards that business member newspapers can order. Both are perfect for reporters, photographers and any other staff members or stringers at your newspaper.

    1) High quality, professional photo ID Press Cards are $7 each. 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. The back of the card has the OPA contact information.

    2) Standard cardstock, non-photo press cards are FREE. There are places on the back of the card to write the individual's name and newspaper.

    ** PRESS bumper stickers are also available and do not expire. They can be used on vehicles, office doors or windows, etc. These are free, and please place your order when ordering press cards.

    Email to request the free standard press cards for your office, and fill out this order form to request your photo ID press cards.

  • Contest & awards entry period now open!

    It's time to be honored for your great work in the past year! The 2018 OPA Better Newspaper Contest is now open for entries!

    Last year we introduced online entry and new categories to recognize both newspapers and individual staff members. All of that continues this year plus the Awards Committee added a separate Magazine Contest for those business member newspapers that publish magazines at least quarterly.

    Upload PDFs of your newspaper pages and other contest/award entries at The deadline for entries is February 11, 2019, so start collecting and uploading your entries now!

    Your newspaper's password is the same as last year. If your paper did not enter the contest last year, the password is "bnc". Contact Lisa Sutliff at or 405-499-0026 if you need your newspaper's password.

    » Review the contest rules, categories and circulation divisions

    » Download a step-by-step guide to uploading entries 

  • Death notice for James R. Campbell

    James Campbell, longtime writer of OPA's The Capitol Spotlight and The Capitol Report, passed away last Saturday. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 600 NW 13th Street, in Oklahoma City.
    James ‘Jim’ Ronald Campbell, a longtime Oklahoma journalist, died November 24, 2018. He was 86.
    Campbell graduated from the University of Oklahoma, where he was editor of the OU Daily, and then started his professional career at the Bartlesville Examiner.  After a stint in the US Army, he was hired by the United Press International, where he worked for 30 years, serving as state editor for Arkansas, Oklahoma, and finally Michigan.
    He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1991, and served as president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, two-time president of the Oklahoma City Press Club, and president of the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club.  He was also a long-time director, performer, and writer of the annual Gridiron Show.
    For many years, Campbell wrote Capitol Spotlight and Capitol Report for the Oklahoma Press Association.  
    He is survived by his three daughters, Donica Stephenson, Pam Gray, and Jenifer Cook; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

  • Apply by Jan. 11 to host a student intern this summer

    In the past 11 years more than 200 college students have interned at Oklahoma newspapers with their salaries funded by the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, the non-profit affiliate of the OPA. Interns' pay will increase to $10 per hour this year.

    Applications for the 2019 paid summer internship program are now available. The deadline for host newspaper applications is Jan. 11 and student applications are due Feb. 15. The program is made possible by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. 

    » Download internship applications:

  • Don Mecoy to fill OPA Board vacancy

    The managing editor at The Oklahoman has been appointed by the OPA Board of Directors to fill a vacancy on the OPA board. Don Mecoy was appointed to the position of director, which was left vacant when Alan Herzberger resigned his seat because he is no longer employed in the newspaper industry. Mecoy covered business news at The Oklahoman for more than a decade before being named managing editor this year. Prior to that, he worked on the newspaper’s city, state and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor.
    Other members of the Board of Directors are: President Brian Blansett, Tri-County Herald; Vice President Ray Dyer, El Reno Tribune; Treasurer Jeff Shultz, Garvin County News Star; Mike Strain, Tulsa World; John Denny Montgomery, The Purcell Register; Mark Millsap, The Norman Transcript; Zonelle Rainbolt, The Cordell Beacon; and Shauna Belyeu, The Eufaula Indian Journal.

  • November Publisher available for download

    The November issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is available for download. This month read about the new owners of The Ponca City News; a magazine contest for OPA business member newspapers; a new member of the OPA Board of Directors; and The Duncan Banner's partnership with its local humane society. 

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • ONF Board elects new officers

    The Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation Board of Trustees elected new officers for 2018-19 during its meeting last week.

    President: Vicki Clark Gourley, OKC Friday.
    Vice President: Maria Laubach, Oologah Lake Leader.
    Treasurer Jeff Shultz, Garvin County News Star.

    Other trustees are: Dr. Terry Clark, Carolyn Estes, Sheila Gay, John D. Montgomery, Tom Muchmore and Barb Walter, with Brian Blansett and Ray Dyer as the current OPA Board representatives.

  • Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame seeks nominations

    The Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame is seeking nominations of worthy journalists and journalism educators in print and broadcast. The deadline is Dec. 1. Honorees must either be Oklahoma natives or have worked in Oklahoma journalism for 10 years.
    » Nominate a journalist

  • Ponca City News sold to Kay Media Co.

    After 100 years in the Muchmore family, The Ponca City News has new ownership. Kay Media owners Scott Wesner and Scott Wood grew up in Cordell, Okla. and own several other papers, including The Elk City News. Josh Umholtz will serve as publisher.

  • Check out some election front pages on OPA's Facebook

    Our Facebook page features a few front pages from around the state after last night's mid-term election. More will be added later in the week as they're available.

  • Election Day Reminder

    As you prepare to cover early voting or Election Day on Nov. 6, here are some important items to keep in mind.

    1. The Oklahoma State Election Board recommends contacting your local county election board secretary ahead of the election with notification of your plans to visit the polling place on election day, and to confirm you and the polling staff agree on the rules and expectations. 

    2. News media may enter a polling place for up to five minutes to take photos. No interviews are allowed inside the polling place. Reporters/photographers shall not interfere with voters or election officials, and shall not observe or photograph any voter who is marking a ballot or submitting a completed ballot. (Oklahoma Statute 26-7-112)

    3. Do not photograph a voter if you can see the ballot being marked or see a completed ballot. You may photograph a voter in a voting booth but the ballot should not be visible.

    4. Reporters may conduct interviews outside the voting area if they are at least 150 feet from the ballot box. That’s half a football field! (Oklahoma Statute 26-7-108)

    5. Reporters should approach only voters who have completed their voting. Voter participation should be voluntary.

  • Services for Steve Bolton

    Steve Bolton, publisher of The Comanche Times, died Oct. 15, 2018. He was 59.
    A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 22nd, at the Comanche High School Gymnasium, 1030 Ash Ave., Comanche, Oklahoma. The family will be receiving friends on Sunday afternoon, October 21st, from 2:00-4:00 at the Comanche Funeral Home.
    Bolton was born November 3, 1958, in Marlow. He was a 1977 graduate of Marlow High School and attended Oklahoma State University. In 1992, Bolton purchased The Comanche Times newspaper. 

  • October Publisher available for download

    The October issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is available for download by clicking the link below. This month's issue features the sale of The Oklahoman to GateHouse Media, the final seven articles from the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation interns, and a plan on how to get rid of old software at your newspaper office.

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • Internship Applications now available

    In the past 10 years more than 200 college students have interned at Oklahoma newspapers with their salaries funded by the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, the non-profit affiliate of the OPA. 

    Applications for the 2018 paid summer internship program are now available. The deadline for host newspaper applications is Jan. 12, 2018, and student applications are due Feb. 19. The program is made possible by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. 

    » Download internship applications:

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    Let's celebrate National Newspaper Week Oct. 7-13

    HERE WE GO! Join newspapers across the country in celebrating National Newspaper Week Oct. 7-13! Please consider devoting as many column inches as possible to reinforce the importance of the Newspaper to your community. Download columns, editorial cartoons and ads at  MAKE IT LOCAL by editorializing about your newspaper’s unique relevance. This can be about your government watchdog role, coverage of community events, publication of timely public notices, etc.

  • State Question Analysis Available

    Five state questions will be on the Nov. 6 general action ballot. The Oklahoma Press Association has compiled a brief analysis of the five questions in a full-page broadsheet format (6 column X 21”) in four column widths. The analysis is also available as a Word document.
    This is not paid advertising but will help voters in your community become informed and able to better make a decision on the questions. OPA members may publish the analysis as often as they wish prior to the election.

    To access the State Question Analysis, click on the link below:

  • September Oklahoma Publisher available for download

    Download the September issue of The Oklahoma Publisher by clicking the link below. In this issue read about the reversal of the newsprint tariffs, experiences from six more ONF interns and the heroic rescue of the Comanche Times' owner, Steve Bolton.

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • Statements of Ownership must be filed & published soon

    Publishers & circulation managers: Remember to file your annual Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Form 3526) with the U.S. Postal Service by October 1. The form also must be published in your newspaper. Dailies must publish by October 10; non-dailies by October 31. The form (#3526) is available on the OPA website at

  • Reach Out to Young Readers on Constitution Day

    Constitution and Citizenship Day will be recognized in most schools on Monday, Sept. 17 . Schools that receive federal funding are required to teach about the U.S. Constitution on that day.

    Your newspaper can assist your local schools by publishing this quarter-page feature about the Constitution on or before Sept. 17. NIE features like these encourage children and current readers to interact with your newspaper.  The feature is provided exclusively to OPA members and "For the Kid in You" subscribers. 

    »  Download the feature for publication at no charge

  • Feature on Tulsa World reporter Randy Krehbiel

    Tulsa World features an interesting column by Mike Strain about its government reporter Randy Krehbiel. “I tell myself at least 10 times a day, ‘Nobody cares what you think,’ ” he said, discussing his reporting philosophy. “I look at my job as explaining to people what’s happening. It’s not to convince them of anything.”  

    Note: Do you have something we should share with your newspaper peers? Email us or post it on the OPA Facebook page to let us know.

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