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A response to Parkland: We have to start somewhere

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What goes around comes around

  • 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

  • Registration for 2018 Annual Convention Now Open!

    OPA’s Annual Convention is June 15-16 at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee! This important event features great educational sessions and networking opportunities, plus the winners of the Better Newspaper Contest will be announced June 16 during the awards banquet. Program and registration information can be found at You may register and pre-pay online or by mail.

  • Submit an entry for Ray Lokey Memorial Award for Excellence in Reporting

    A $500 prize awaits the first winner of ONF's new award established by readers of the Johnston County Capital-Democrat to honor its former publisher. The Ray Lokey Memorial Award for Excellence in Reporting will recognize a writer whose published work demonstrates a dedication to well researched, responsible and fact-driven journalism for the benefit of their community and the newspaper industry. The deadline for entries is May 14, so don't delay!  

    » Find out how to submit your entry

  • April Publisher available for download

    In this month's issue of The Oklahoma Publisher, read about Oklahoma native Leslie Carberry who was named as one of E&P's 25 Under 35. Carberry is pre-press manager at the Sequoyah County Times in Sallisaw. Also this month, Dr. Terry Clark showcases front pages of the recent Oklahoma teacher strike at the state capitol. 

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • Journalism Hall of Fame inductions to be held May 3

    Nine outstanding journalists and a journalism college dean emeritus will be honored during the 48th anniversary of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame on Thursday, May 3, at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Master of ceremonies will be Mark Thomas, executive vice-president of the Oklahoma Press Association.

    The hall of fame inductees are:

    • Jon Denton, retired editor, reporter and columnist
    • Mary Hargrove, investigative reporter
    • Barbara Hoberock, state Capitol bureau chief, Tulsa World
    • Doug Hoke, director of photography, The Okahoman
    • Chris Lee, photojournalist for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City
    • Ray Lokey, late publisher of the Johnston County Capital-Democrat
    • Kim Poindexter, executive editor of the Tahlequah Daily Press
    • George Tomek, retired reporter/anchor
    • Berry Tramel, sports columnist, The Oklahoman.

    The Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame is also giving its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Joe Foote, dean emeritus of the Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.

    » More information about this year's inductees and order tickets for the induction ceremony

  • Services set for David Dary

    David Dary, who led the University of Oklahoma’s journalism program transition from a school to its own degree-granting college, died March 15, 2018. He was 83.
    Celebration of Life Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 235 W. Duffy Street, in Norman.
    A Manhattan, Kansas, native, Dary was recruited to Norman in 1989 to lead the H.H. Herbert School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He previously serve as a faculty member and administrator for 20 years at the University of Kansas’ William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
    Dary approached Edward L. Gaylord in the early 1990s requesting consideration for a $22 million gift to build a new journalism building and underwrite faculty positions and scholarships. The gift later became reality.
    He was the author of several books and the recipient of numerous awards. Dary was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2007.
    Dary taught at OU for 11 years before he retited in 2000 as professor emeritus and returned to writing.
    Survivors include his wife, Sue; daughters Catherine Gandesbery of Norman, Carol Dunevant of Cincinnati, Ohio, Cynthis Rugolo of Annapolis, Maryland, and Cristina Aiken of Oklahoma City; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

  • March Publisher available for download

    Newsprint tariffs are affecting state newspapers. Read about it in this month's issue of The Oklahoma Publisher. This issue also features the nine journalists slated to be inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame along with the Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented to Dr. Joe Foote. Plus winning photos, columns and more.

    To download this month's issue, click here.

  • Phones Restored

    The phones at the OPA office are back online. We're sorry for any inconvenience this caused. If you are still experiencing problems trying to reach us by phone, please email to let us know.

  • 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 

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