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  • Services for Fairfax Publisher Ida K. Roberts

    Services for Ida K. Roberts, longtime owner and publisher of the Fairfax Chief, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Hunsaker-Wootn Funeral Home, 201 N 4th St, Fairfax, OK 74637, with burial in the Fairfax Cemetery.
    Roberts died Nov. 13, 2015 in Muskogee. She was 68.
    She was born April 10, 1947, in Shidler. After retiring from a 29 year career with the federal government, Roberts went to work at the Fairfax Chief in 1996. She bought the weekly newspaper in 2001.
    She is survived by her daughters, Carrie Short and husband Jeremy of Tahlequah, and Roxanne Dixon and husband Ricky, of Shawnee; two brothers, Joe Conner and wife Carol, of Fairfax and Mike Conner, of Hurley, N.M.; and five grandchildren.
  • 2016 Convention: June 10-11 in downtown OKC!

    Mark your calendar now and plan to join us!  There will be a few small changes, including a schedule move to Friday and Saturday. We'll host education/networking sessions and social events Friday afternoon through all day Saturday leading up to the annual awards banquet and celebration of the Better Newspaper Contest winners Saturday evening.

    The Education Committee will meet in late October to plan the convention schedule, speakers, entertainment and more. If you have any suggestions (or want to volunteer!) please email OPA Member Services Director Lisa Sutliff at More convention information will be posted in the spring.
  • Rev up your Sales Skills at OPA Advertising Seminar

    Join us October 15 to learn the basics of: researching prospective clients and their needs, selling to anyone, and designing ads that get results! If you're new to newspaper advertising or simply want some new sales techniques, this seminar is for you.

    » Register online
  • National Newspaper Week in early October

    National Newspaper Week will be celebrated October 4-10 this year. Make plans now to remind residents of your community of the importance of newspapers. If you need material, Newspaper Association Managers has an entire collection to get you started. OPA members are invited to download the material at There is no login required. Help celebrate the week!
  • Statements of Ownership must be published in October

    Don't forget 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 is available on the OPA website at
  • September Oklahoma Publisher available for download

    The September issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is available for download. This month's issue includes changes in staff at several papers, the overtime rule hike and Terry Clark's favorite apps to edit photos from your phone. To download the September Publisher, click here.

  • Reach Out to Young Readers on Constitution Day

    Constitution and Citizenship Day is Friday, Sept. 17. All 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 one or both of these quarter-page features about the Constitution on or before Sept. 17. It's a two-part series that can be run in separate issues. NIE features like these encourage children and current readers to interact with your newspaper.

    » Click to view & download Constitution Day features

  • Judges needed for North Carolina Contest

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

    » Sign up to judge North Carolina's contest
  • IRE Data Watchdog Workshop in Norman, Sept. 11-12

    Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop to Norman with a twist: This workshop will focus on data-driven investigations. The training will offer several core IRE sessions that will improve your ability to think about data in your everyday work and find data and other information on the Web quickly. In addition, this workshop will provide you with a foundation of using spreadsheets in your reporting with hands-on training in Excel.
    Register at the IRE Website:
  • Will Rogers writing contest announced

    A wide-open competition to identify persons who can write in the style of Will Rogers, is being conducted in August by the Will Rogers Writers Foundation.
    “When Will Rogers died 80 years ago this month, the world lost a phenomenal figure,” said Robert Haught, Foundation president.
    The Writers Foundation will award cash prizes to the three top winners.
    Haught originated the contest with the 2007 Will Rogers Writers Workshop in Oklahoma City, which is being revived in observation of the 80th anniversary of Will’s death on Aug. 15, 1935 in an Alaska plane crash.
    To enter, submit an esssay of 500 to 750 words written in the style of Will Rogers. It may take form of humor, commentary, human interest or briefs. The essay should be on a current (or timeless) topic. Essays must be original, in English. Entries will not be returned.
    Entries must include the writer’s name, mailing address and email address. Telephone and fax numbers are optional. This information should be separate from the essay. It will not be seen by judges.
    No more than three essays per entrant will be accepted, and each must be in a separate entry. There is no entry fee.
    Entries may be submitted by mail to Will Rogers Contest, P.O. Box 1582, Madison, VA 22727 or email to Deadline to reach either address is September 1.
    For information and samples of Will Rogers’ writings, go to
    (Editor’s Note: Jeannie Cale, counselor at Thunderbird Youth Academy, won third place in this contest a few years ago writing as though she was at a political convention.)
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