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  • Services for Jim Monroe set

    James (Jim) Julius Monroe, former owner and publisher of the McCurtain Daily Gazette in Idabel, died July 25, 2015. He was 89.
    Services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the McFarlin United Methodist Church at 419 S. University Blvd. in Norman, Okla.
    Monroe was born on Dec. 1, 1925, in Freeman, Mo. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and left as an officer in 1946. Using his GI Bill, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma where he was named Outstanding Journalism Graduate in 1952.
    His first journalism job was at The Norman Transcript as sports editor. He then worked as a reporter at the Enid Morning News and at The Daily Oklahoman before joining the Associated Press for eight years.
    In 1963, Monroe left journalism for politics.
    He returned to journalism in 1972, purchasing the McCurtain Daily Gazette in Idabel and eventually held an ownership stake in 10 small-town newspapers in Oklahoma, two in Arkansas and one in Texas.
    He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1996.
    Monroe is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty; daughter Jeanne and husband Dennis Wilson of Idabel; son Travis and wife Margie of Norman; son Mark and wife Lisa from Los Angeles; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
  • 2015 July Publisher Available

    The July issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is available for download. This month's issue includes an introduction of new OPA President Robby Trammell, articles on new ownership at several papers, and a list of the 2015 summer interns.  To download the July Publisher, click here.

  • Robby Trammell takes office as president of OPA

    Robby Trammell, news director for The Oklahoman and its website,, was elected president of the Oklahoma Press Association at the June 4 OPA Convention in Oklahoma City.
    Trammell will serve a one-year term beginning July 1.
    Other officers elected to a one-year term were Dayva Spitzer, co-publisher of the Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat, as vice president; Rod Serfoss, publisher of the Clinton Daily News, as treasurer, and Jeff Funk, publisher of the Enid News & Eagle, as past president.
    Newly elected to the OPA board of directors for a three-year term was Mark Millsap, publisher of The Norman Transcript. Ray Dyer, co-publisher of the El Reno Tribune, was re-elected to serve a three-year term.
    Other members of the board are Brian Blansett, Tri-County Herald (Meeker); Ted Streuli, The Journal Record; Mike Strain, Tulsa World, and John Denny Montgomery, The Purcell Register.


  • President's Column: Local newspapers make a difference

    President Jeff Funk's final column challenges Oklahoma newspapers to use your influence in a constructive way.
    (snippet) "Commentators talk about the 'power of the press.' I’d suggest it’s not power, but influence. Influence, in this case, comes from having a widely read, and widely respected, news product or products.
    The leadership of Oklahoma’s newspapers includes a lot of respected Oklahoma influencers.
    So, how have we been able to influence good – good people, good growth, good decisions? How have we been a positive, constructive influence for our readers?"

    Click the headline to read the full column or check out the June issue of The Oklahoma Publisher.

  • Sign Up to Serve on an OPA Committee

    President-Elect Robby Trammell asks you to help lead the organization by serving on a committee this year. Many important decisions are made by association committees, from educational workshops to the Better Newspaper Contest to legislative issues and promotional efforts for newspapers statewide. Any staff member of an OPA business member newspaper is invited to serve on one or more committees. Most committees meet via teleconference approximately three or four times per year with the possibility of one in-person meeting at the OPA office in Oklahoma City. Volunteer today to serve on the Awards Committee, Education Committee, Government Relations Committee, Legal Services Plan Committee or Marketing Committee.

    » Click here to sign up
  • Order your Photo ID Press Cards for 2015

    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.

    View more information online here: or download the order form.
  • 2015 June Publisher Available

    The June issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is available for download. This month's issue includes coverage from the 2015 OPA Annual Convention, such as Better Newspaper Contest award winners, Century Club inductees and the necrology report. To download the June Publisher, click here.

  • Congratulations OPA Award Winners!

    The Oklahoma Press Association presented its annual awards at the OPA Awards Banquet on June 5 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.
    Also announced during the awards banquet were the recipients of the OPA H. Milt Phillips Award and the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation’s Beachy Musselman Award.
    Receiving the H. Milt Phillips Award was Joe Worley, former executive editor of the Tulsa World. Receiving the ONF Beachy Musselman Award was Julie DelCour, longtime associate editor of the Tulsa World.
    Winners of this year’s Sequoyah Award also were announced at the OPA Convention. In the daily divisions, winners were The Journal Record, McAlester News-Capital and Tahlequah Daily Press. Sequoyah winners in the weekly divisions were Mustang Times, Coweta American, McIntosh County Democrat, The Newcastle Pacer and El Reno Tribune. Broken Arrow Ledger was named the Sequoyah winner in the sustaining member division, and The O’Colly at Oklahoma State University was the winner in the college division.
    A complete list of winners in the 2014 OPA Better Newspaper Contest is available on the OPA website at

  • 2015 May Publisher available for download

    The May issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is available for download. This month's issue includes a preview of the OPA Annual Convention that you won't want to miss. Featured this month are stories on new postage rates, an OPA board meeting summary and a list of winners from several contests across the state. To download the May Publisher click here.
  • Join us at the OPA Convention June 4-6 in OKC!

    Register now to attend the 2015 OPA Convention, June 4-6, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City!

    Publishers and editors: don't miss Keynote Speaker Ken Paulson, who will discuss the real value of newspapers to our communities. Paulson is president of the First Amendment Center and former editor-in-chief and senior vice president/news of USA Today. He is now a columnist on USA Today's board of contributors, writing about First Amendment issues and news media.

    Governor Mary Fallin and our state's Congressmen have been invited for their annual sessions. Friday afternoon will have two news and two advertising sessions from which to choose. And the convention offers both the popular NewsFlash session with several ideas and successful ventures from your fellow newspapers, as well as Speed Topics with several learning and networking opportunities. But we'll kick it all off Thursday night with the annual business meeting followed by dinner and a live trivia game! Team up and we'll see which groups take home the prizes!

    The Better Newspaper Contest Awards will be presented Friday, June 5, at the annual awards banquet. Don't miss this three-day event, which provides a lot of invaluable networking opportunities and several educational sessions. (The deadline to reserve a hotel room at the downtown Sheraton is quickly approaching! Reserve your room by May 12. Find hotel info on the convention webpage below.)

    » Review the convention program and register online
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