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  • Former OPA Manager Ben Blackstock has died

    Ben Blackstock was a friend to many, a forceful personality, and an advocate for Oklahoma newspapers and their value during his 44 years as executive vice president and secretary of the Oklahoma Press Association.  Ben died Monday evening, April 25, in Oklahoma City at the age of 90.

    During his 44 years at OPA, Ben was the recipient of numerous professional honors, including OPA’s Milt Phillips Award, the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award, OKC Ad Club Silver Medal, the FOI Oklahoma Marian Opala First Amendment Award and the National Newspaper Association Amos Award.

    FOI Oklahoma annually honors Blackstock through the presentation of the Ben Blackstock Award for a person or organization that has shown a commitment to freedom of information.

    In 1973, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. He also was named a distinguished graduate of the University of Oklahoma journalism school.

    A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Oklahoma Judicial Center, 2100 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City. Donations may be made to the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, 3601 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105, or Free to Live animal rescue.
  • Up Your Game at the OPA Convention June 10-11

    Register now to attend the 2016 OPA Convention, June 10-11, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City! This two-day event provides many educational sessions and invaluable networking opportunities. The Better Newspaper Contest Awards will be presented Saturday night, June 11, at the annual awards banquet.

    Publishers and advertising staff: Take advantage of the great revenue sessions on June 11 presented by Amie Stein of the Local Media Association. She'll share a lot of ideas for ways to increase your print and digital revenue.
    Several news/editorial sessions are scheduled at the same time, so your whole staff should attend!

    Governor Mary Fallin and our state's Congressmen have been invited for their annual sessions. All five U.S. Representatives have confirmed they will be there.

    Reserve your room at the downtown Sheraton by May 25. Find hotel info on the convention webpage below.

    » REGISTER ONLINE: www.okpress.com/convention

  • April Publisher available for download

    Read all about The Oklahoman's Ashley Howard, who was selected by Editor & Publisher as one of the "25 Under 35 for 2016." Ashley is circulation and audience development manager for The Oklahoma Media Co. Also, OPA President Robby Trammell reflects on the 21st anniversary of the bombing of the Murrrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. To download the April issue, click here.
  • Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame Inductees

    Nine outstanding Oklahoma journalists will be inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame during its 46th anniversary celebration April 28 on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond.
    Honorees are Louise Abercrombie of the Ponca City News; the late Bob Barry Jr., of KFOR-TV,; Virginia Bradshaw of the Countywide & Sun in Tecumseh; Nolan Clay of The Oklahoman; Randy Ellis of The Oklahoman; Janet Pearson, retired from the Tulsa World; Bill Perry of OETA; Kenneth O. Reid of Weatherford; and Rita Sherrow of the Tulsa World.
    The luncheon program will begin at 11:45 a.m. on the third floor of the Nigh University Center. Master of ceremonies will be Mark Thomas, executive vice-president of the Oklahoma Press Association.

    For more information about this year's inductees, click here.
  • March Publisher available for download

    The March Oklahoma Publisher is available for download. This month's issue includes the nine inductees into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, mobile reporting apps and tips for a successful newspaper from Ed Henninger. Also included is where to find the newspaper disaster plan for tornado season. To download the March edition, click here.
  • Judges needed for Texas Contest

    Volunteers are needed to judge the Texas Press Association's annual contest in the areas of advertising, news, sports, photography, layout, websites, general excellence and more! This is a great opportunity to gather new ideas for your paper. Entries will be judged ONLINE in April and May and you'll have a few weeks to complete it. TPA members are judging OPA's Better Newspaper Contest now, so we encourage all OPA contest participants to help out and return the favor!

    » Sign up to judge Texas' contest
  • February Oklahoma Publisher available for download

    The February Oklahoma Publisher is available for download. This month's issue includes highlights from OPA's Legislative Summit with a summary of Gov. Mary Fallin's speech to OPA members. Also included are two new OPA membership applications and staff changes around the state. To download the February edition, click here.
  • 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. 8.
  • January Oklahoma Publisher available for download

    The January 2016 Oklahoma Publisher is available for download. This month's issue includes details on OPA's upcoming Legislative Summit, new ownership and staff changes at several newspapers and effects of the post-Christmas storm across the state. To download the January edition, click here.
  • OPA Legislative Summit Feb. 11 at State Capitol

    Publishers and editors of legal newspapers are encouraged to join us at the State Capitol on Feb. 11 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. Governor Mary Fallin will speak to us in the morning and we'll discuss election reform right after lunch. The meeting is free and includes lunch, but registration is required. Plan to join us at the Summit.
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