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Some good news

  • Contest Participants by Circulation Division

    Are you curious to know which newspapers you're competing against in OPA's Better Newspaper Contest? Here are the circulation divisions. Entries will be judged by members of the Kansas Press Association, and award notifications will be mailed to participants in the spring. Plaques will be awarded on June 16 at the awards banquet during the OPA Annual Convention on June 15-16 at the Grand Casino Hotel in Shawnee.

  • Be recognized for your work in OPA's Better Newspaper Contest

    It's time to be honored for your great work in the past year! The 2017 OPA Better Newspaper Contest is open for entries!

    For the first time, the contest features online entry and new categories to recognize both newspapers and individual staff members. Most of the previous categories remain; the Awards Committee added some new ones to specifically recognize writers, photographers, advertising staff and designers.

    Upload PDFs of your newspaper pages at When you first login, the password will be "bnc" and there is one account per newspaper. The deadline for entries has been extended to February 19, 2018. So start collecting and uploading your entries now!   

    » Review the contest rules, categories and circulation divisions

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


    Email for OPA/OPS has been restored. If you sent us an email and we haven't responded, you might try resending the email or calling us at 405-499-0020 to confirm we received it. Thanks for your patience and understanding!

  • Sign up to judge Georgia's news & advertising contests

    More than 60 volunteers are needed to judge the Georgia Press Association's news & advertising contests. This is a great opportunity to gather new ideas for your paper. We encourage all contest participants - as well as those that want to contribute and find new ideas - to sign up as judges. Entries will be judged ONLINE in mid- to late February. OPA members will judge Georgia's contest while Kansas staffs judge all of our Better Newspaper Contest entries. We have to help each other as no contest judges itself! 

    » Sign up to judge Georgia's contest

  • January Publisher available to download

    This month The Oklahoma Publisher features reminders for OPA members to enter the Better Newspaper Contest (entry deadline is Monday, Feb. 12, 2018) and to register for the annual Legislative Summit at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 8. There's information on new owners at four newspapers, plus an article by The Norman Transcript's Joy Hampton on her recent trip to Pakistan.

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • Make an Impact at Legislative Summit on February 8

    Publishers and editors of legal newspapers are encouraged to join us at the State Capitol on Feb. 8 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 is scheduled to speak to the group after lunch. The meeting is free and includes a BBQ lunch, but registration is required. 

    Plan to join us at the Summit.

  • December Publisher available for download

    Read about Newkirk Herald Journal Editor Cody Griesel placing a legal notice on the front page of the newspaper in this month's issue of The Oklahoma Publisher.  There's also information on ordering a Photo ID Press Cards (makes a perfect gift for everyone on your staff), plus columns from Dr. Terry Clark and Wilma Newby.

    To download the December issue, click here.

  • 2018 OPA Photo ID Press Cards Now Available

    OPA is offering high quality photo ID Press Cards to business member newspapers for $7 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. The back of the card has the OPA contact information.

  • 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:


    All systems are go at the OPA -- phones working, email working, internet connected. We're back in touch with you!

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