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  • News Press and O'Colly form partnership

    The O’Colly, Oklahoma State University’s collegiate newspaper, and Stillwater News Press just announced a partnership. The O’Colly will be inserted three days a week into the Stillwater News Press. Barbara Allen, OSU director of student media and O’Colly adviser, and Dale Brendel, publisher of the News Press, said the partnership is a win-win for both newspapers, and for readers. Allen and Brendel also said they are talking about the possibility of collaborating on some projects together.

  • OU to form delegation of journalists to visit Pakistan

    The Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication is seeking journalists who are interested in participating in a two-week visit to Pakistan in early December 2017 (Dec. 1-14). The delegation will visit media companies in Islamabad and Karachi, engage in roundtable discussions with journalists and explore cultural sites. This is a reciprocal delegation corresponding to seven delegations of Pakistani journalists who have visited Oklahoma during the past two years. The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds the project. For members of the delegation, round-trip airfare, hotel accommodation, local transportation, visa fees and a per diem allowance for food and incidentals will be paid. 

    To apply, send your resume' and a statement of interest to Kathy Adams in Gaylord College (, 405-325-2723). Applications are due on Sept. 15, 2017. For additional questions about the project, contact Joe Foote (, 405-413-3972).

  • Order OPA Press Cards before Football Season

    Two types of 2017 Press cards are available. High quality photo ID press cards (with clips) can be ordered by business member newspapers for $5 each. The hard, plastic badges – usable for the 2017 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 2017 calendar year. They do not feature a staff member's name or photo, but you can write the newspaper name on the back. Simply email and specify the number of free press cards you need.

  • Contest changes announced in July Publisher

    The July issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is available for download. This month's publication features some of the exciting changes being made to the Oklahoma Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The 2017 contest will feature 20 categories with recognition for newspapers and individuals. Download the complete details of categories at

    To download the July issue, click here.

  • Brian Blansett takes office as OPA president

    Brian Blansett was elected as president of the Oklahoma Press Association on June 9, 2017, during the OPA Convention in Oklahoma City.
    Blansett, publisher of the Tri-County Herald in Meeker, will serve a one-year term, beginning July 1. He succeeds Dayva Spitzer, co-publisher of The Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat, who will serve a one-year term as past president.
    Other officers elected at the meeting were Ted Streuli, The Journal Record, as vice president; and Rusty Ferguson, The Cleveland American, as treasurer. 
    Alan Herzberger from The Oklahoman was elected to a three-year term as director, and John Denny Montgomery from The Purcell Register was re-elected to a three-year term. Elected to complete two years of a vacated three-year term was Zonelle Rainbolt, The Cordell Beacon.
    "It's an honor to be president of the Oklahoma Press Association, but also humbling when you think of the leaders in journalism who have guided the association in the past," said Blansett. "I hope to live up the legacy they have left."
    Blansett said his main goal this year is to guide the board toward establishing a long-term plan that can be used to guide the association's activities for the next three to five years.


  • June Publisher Available for Download

    The June 2017 issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is available to download. This month's publication is full of OPA Convention highlights, including Better Newspaper Contest winners. Also featured are the recipients of the Milt Phillips and Beachy Musselman awards, as well as inductees into the OPA Half and Quarter Century Club. The issue is chock full of photos from the convention as well as newspaper sales, staff changes and columns by OPA President Dayva Spitzer, Dr. Terry M. Clark and Wilma Newby.

    To download the June issue, click here.

  • Award winners announced at OPA Convention

    The Oklahoma Press Association presented its Better Newspaper Contest Awards during the OPA Annual Convention, June 9-10, at the Skirvin 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 Gracie Montgomery, co-publisher of The Purcell Register. The OPA Board of Directors selects the recipient of the Milt Phillips Award.
    James Beaty, managing editor at the McAlester News-Capital, received the ONF Beachy Musselman Award.
    Winners of this year’s Sequoyah Awards also were announced at the OPA Convention. In the daily divisions, winners were The Norman Transcript, Stillwater News Press and Tahlequah Daily Press. Sequoyah winners in the weekly divisions were The Purcell Register, Eufaula Indian Journal, Midwest City Beacon, Tri-County Herald in Meeker and the 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. The Sequoyah Award is the highest honor in the OPA Better Newspaper Contest.
    A complete list of winners in the 2016 OPA Better Newspaper Contest and more information on other awards is available on the OPA website at

  • Bright Ideas for Newspapers - Print and Beyond! Join us for the OPA Convention June 9-10

    Register now to attend the 2017 OPA Convention, June 9-10, at the Skirvin Hilton 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 10, at the annual awards banquet.

    Speakers include Tim Harrower, author of The Newspaper Designer's Handbook and Inside Reporting; Jason Maly, senior product manager of mobile at CNHI; Mark Zimmerman, associate professor at the University of Central Oklahoma; and Kyle Killingsworth, human resources consultant.  Sessions will cover writing for non-readers, mobile growth strategies, futurizing packaging and design, circulation ideas, photojournalism basics and change management.  
    Several sessions are scheduled at the same time, so the whole staff should attend!

    Governor Mary Fallin and our state's Congressmen have been invited for their annual sessions. 

    Reserve your room at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel by May 25. Find hotel info on the convention webpage below.


  • Services set for Bill Walter

    William 'Bill' Brent Walter, retired publisher of The Hennessey Clipper, died May 8, 2017. He was 82.
    A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 12, at the First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Cherokee St., in Hennessey, Okla.
    Walter was a third generation publisher of The Clipper, which was in his family from 1904-2014.
    Walter loved photography and was the newspaper's expert in that department. His collection of cameras was donated to the Hennessey Public Library several years ago, and are still on display.
    The recipient of many awards for his photography, editorial and newswriting, Walter was inducted into the Hennessey High School Hall of Fame in 2004; the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2008, and the Oklahoma Press Association Half Century Club in 2013.
    He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barb; five children, Courtney B. Walter, St. Louis; Jill De. Jenkins, Edmond; Tracy L. Anderson, Perry; Amy C. Carpenter, Edmond, and Nick Walter, Hennessey; eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

  • 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

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