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  • Services for Steve Bolton

    Steve Bolton, publisher of The Comanche Times, died Oct. 15, 2018. He was 59.
    A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 22nd, at the Comanche High School Gymnasium, 1030 Ash Ave., Comanche, Oklahoma. The family will be receiving friends on Sunday afternoon, October 21st, from 2:00-4:00 at the Comanche Funeral Home.
    Bolton was born November 3, 1958, in Marlow. He was a 1977 graduate of Marlow High School and attended Oklahoma State University. In 1992, Bolton purchased The Comanche Times newspaper. 

  • October Publisher available for download

    The October issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is available for download by clicking the link below. This month's issue features the sale of The Oklahoman to GateHouse Media, the final seven articles from the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation interns, and a plan on how to get rid of old software at your newspaper office.

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • 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:

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    Let's celebrate National Newspaper Week Oct. 7-13

    HERE WE GO! Join newspapers across the country in celebrating National Newspaper Week Oct. 7-13! Please consider devoting as many column inches as possible to reinforce the importance of the Newspaper to your community. Download columns, editorial cartoons and ads at  MAKE IT LOCAL by editorializing about your newspaper’s unique relevance. This can be about your government watchdog role, coverage of community events, publication of timely public notices, etc.

  • State Question Analysis Available

    Five state questions will be on the Nov. 6 general action ballot. The Oklahoma Press Association has compiled a brief analysis of the five questions in a full-page broadsheet format (6 column X 21”) in four column widths. The analysis is also available as a Word document.
    This is not paid advertising but will help voters in your community become informed and able to better make a decision on the questions. OPA members may publish the analysis as often as they wish prior to the election.

    To access the State Question Analysis, click on the link below:

  • September Oklahoma Publisher available for download

    Download the September issue of The Oklahoma Publisher by clicking the link below. In this issue read about the reversal of the newsprint tariffs, experiences from six more ONF interns and the heroic rescue of the Comanche Times' owner, Steve Bolton.

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • Statements of Ownership must be filed & published soon

    Publishers & circulation managers: Remember 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 (#3526) is available on the OPA website at

  • Reach Out to Young Readers on Constitution Day

    Constitution and Citizenship Day will be recognized in most schools on Monday, Sept. 17 . 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 this quarter-page feature about the Constitution on or before Sept. 17. NIE features like these encourage children and current readers to interact with your newspaper.  The feature is provided exclusively to OPA members and "For the Kid in You" subscribers. 

    »  Download the feature for publication at no charge

  • Feature on Tulsa World reporter Randy Krehbiel

    Tulsa World features an interesting column by Mike Strain about its government reporter Randy Krehbiel. “I tell myself at least 10 times a day, ‘Nobody cares what you think,’ ” he said, discussing his reporting philosophy. “I look at my job as explaining to people what’s happening. It’s not to convince them of anything.”  

    Note: Do you have something we should share with your newspaper peers? Email us or post it on the OPA Facebook page to let us know.

  • Newsprint tariffs reversed by International Trade Comm.

    National Newspaper Association: "We are immensely gratified today by the International Trade Commission's vote not to impose permanent tariffs upon the North American newsprint supply. The paper markets serving community newspapers can soon begin to move back to market pricing without the heavy hand of government imposing taxes upon the primary suppliers of newsprint." Read more
    News Media Alliance: "Fortunately, our voice was heard at the ITC hearing last month, and they made the right call today in reversing these harmful tariffs." Read more
    Poynter discusses what happens next - Read here

  • Check out some runoff election front pages

    Our Facebook album features a few front pages from around the state after last night's runoff election. 

  • Publisher's life saved by coaches

    Comanche Times publisher/editor Steve Bolton suffered a heart attack on the football field two weeks ago. The coaches saved his life. We're so thankful because Comanche would not be the same without him. Get well soon, Steve!
    The Oklahoman's Adam Kemp wrote a great story that appeared in Sunday's paper

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    National Newspaper Week - Oct. 7-13

    Save the date! National Newspaper Week will be observed Oct. 7-13. Several columns and editorials will be available this month at Check back as they plan to continue adding materials as we get closer to Oct. 7.

  • FOI-Oklahoma sets first in ‘Open Conversations’ speaker series with reporter Chase Cook on Sept. 28

    FOI-Oklahoma will host its first speaker in a new series with Chase Cook, a University of Oklahoma graduate whose tweet became a rallying cry for many in the news industry after a shooting in his newsroom.

    “I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow,” he tweeted in the aftermath of the June shooting that killed five at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. That tweet ended up on many newspapers’ mastheads on July 12 as a salute to those who lost their lives.

    The “Open Conversations … with Chase Cook” dinner is set for 7-9 p.m. Sept. 28 in Studio D of Gaylord Hall at OU’s campus in Norman. The event is the first in a series of lectures sponsored by FOI-Oklahoma, whose mission is to promote open and transparent government in Oklahoma.

    Cost is $50 for general tickets and $35 for student tickets. Tickets can be purchased at (Sponsor tables are available for $500 and can be purchased by sending an email to FOI-Oklahoma Executive Director Andy Moore,

  • August Publisher available to download

    Download the August issue of The Oklahoma Publisher by clicking the link below. Read about the Hancock Event Center in Hobart, Oklahoma, named for Joe and Bill Hancock; find out what ONF interns thought about their newspaper experience; plus columns by Dr. Terry Clark and computer consultant Wilma Newby. 

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • Public Notice Standards & Best Practices

    The protection of public notices is a priority of the OPA. In addition to the Legal Notice Guide, we now have a document listing almost 50 standards and best practices by which to handle public notices. Copies were mailed to publishers this week, so we recommend reviewing and comparing them to your current methods. Affidavit templates are also available to download. Staff that schedule notices should strive to give news tips to reporters based on the content of certain notices, then articles should reference the public notice as your source (see examples of a few topics).

    If you need one or more additional copies of the Standards and Best practices document, or have questions about handling public notices, contact Lisa Sutliff at, 1-888-815-2672 or 405-499-0026.

  • Order OPA Press Cards before Football Season

    Two types of 2018 Press cards are available. High quality photo ID press cards (with clips) can be ordered by business member newspapers for $7 each. The hard, plastic badges – usable for the 2018 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 2018 calendar year. They do not feature a staff member's name or photo, but you can write the newspaper name on the back. To request them, email and specify the number of free press cards you need or send in the order form linked above.

  • July Publisher available for download

    Can't wait to read the July issue of The Oklahoma Publisher? No problem. Download it at the link below to read OPA President Ted Streuli's "lede & --30--" column, tips to stay safe in the newsroom during an active shooter situation, ways to stop some of those annoying robocalls and much more. 

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • June Publisher available for download

    The June issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is all about the convention, contest winners and photos. Read about Oklahoma's congressional delegation opposing the tariff on newsprint. Wilma Newby talks about Apple's new OS in her column this month while Dr. Terry Clark discusses the importance of obits in your newspaper.  

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • Congratulations to the OPA Award Winners

    The Oklahoma Press Association presented its Better Newspaper Contest Awards
    during the OPA Annual Convention, June 15-16, at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in
    Also announced during the two-day convention were the recipients of the OPA
    H. Milt Phillips Award and the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation’s Beachy Musselman
    Award. Jeff Mayo, publisher of seven Oklahoma newspapers, received the Milt Phillips Award. Jeff Mullin, who has worked at the Enid News & Eagle for 41 years, was the recipient of the Beachy Musselman Award.
    In the daily divisions, winners of this year’s Sequoyah Awards in the OPA Better Newspaper Contes were The Norman Transcript, Weatherford Daily News and The Journal Record. Sequoyah winners in the weekly divisions were The Purcell Register, Wagoner County American-Tribune, Midwest City Beacon, Tri-County Herald in Meeker and The Edmond Sun. The Oklahoma Daily at the University of Oklahoma was the winner in the college division.
    To view all the winners in the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest go to

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