Enid News & EagleSeptember 2016 Column WinnerSeeing the world through a child's eyes
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OPA is offering high quality photo ID Press Cards to business member newspapers for $5 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.
Standard cardstock Press Cards are also available for free to OPA members. They do not include the staff person's name and photo. The name and newspaper can be handwritten on the back of the card.
Order your press cards now. View more information or download the
Press Card order form.
The 2016 Better Newspaper Contest entry packets have been mailed to all OPA member newspapers. The packet contains rules, an entry form and labels for your entry envelopes. Business member newspapers also will receive entry forms for the Digital Media Contest, Print Quality Contest, Outdoor Writer of the Year contest, ONF Beachy Musselman Award, Half Century Club and Quarter Century Club. All contest entries and award nominations must be postmarked by Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. If your publisher does not receive the rules packet by Dec. 5, you can download the events, rules and forms at the link below or notify us to request a new packet be mailed to you.
» Find out more about OPA Contests & Awards
ONF will award paid internship funding for newspapers to hire students to work eight weeks in summer 2017. The funding will support:
• 18 journalism/news internships
• 2 advertising internships.
Preference will be given to newspapers that offer both print and multimedia/online training and experience. Each of the selected newspapers will have the option of hiring an intern from the student applications submitted to ONF or finding an eligible intern through its own hiring process. Deadline: Jan. 13
» Download the Host Newspaper Internship Application
The student application form for ONF's 2017 paid summer internship program is now available. The application deadline is Feb. 17, 2017. At least 18 Oklahoma newspapers will receive funding to host a paid intern next summer. The program is made possible by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
» Download internship application: www.okpress.com/internships
Featured this month in the October issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is the inaugural class of nine OU alumns for the new OU Student Media Hall of Fame. OPA President Dayva Spitzer features The Harper County Leader in her series of western weeklies. The last six stories from ONF interns are in this month's issue as well as Terry Clark's second part on understanding polls. To download the October issue, click here.
Remind your community of the importance of newspapers during National Newspaper Week. If you need editorials, columns, cartoons or house ads, Newspaper Association Managers has an entire collection. OPA members are invited to download the material at www.nationalnewspaperweek.com. There is no login required. Help celebrate the week!
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 www.okpress.com/postal-resources.
OPA provides member papers with camera-ready material showing State Questions as they will appear on the general election ballot in November, and a plain-language summary of each question. There are seven state questions before the voters on November 8. This year OPA cooperated in an effort coordinated by the League of Women Voters, along with KOSU, OETA, Tyler Media, KGOU, Oklahoma Watch, The Oklahoman, and the Kirkpatrick Foundation to produce a 2016 Oklahoma Voter Guide. The summary statement in their voter guide is identical to the summary provided by OPA. We also used some art elements provided by the coalition.
Four full-page sizes are available for OPA members to download. Please choose the size that best fits your newspaper or adjust as necessary. The material is also available in text form if you want to use this in a locally-produced voter guide or need to design your own pages. To download the full-page summary of the state questions, click here: okpress.com/2016-state-question-summary.
September issue of the Oklahoma Publisher is now available. Featured this month is the merge of two member newspapers, grants from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and clever ideas from newspapers across the state. You'll also find reminders about Statement of Ownership due dates, National Newspaper Week and the Pulitzer Centennial events happening in Tulsa and OKC. To download the September issue, click here.
Constitution and Citizenship Day will be recognized in most schools on Friday, Sept. 16. 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. 16. NIE features like these encourage children and current readers to interact with your newspaper.
» Click to view & download Constitution Day features
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