2017 Annual Convention

June 9-10, 2017

Location: Skirvin Hilton Hotel
 in downtown Oklahoma City

QUESTIONS? Call (405) 499-0040, 1-888-815-2672 (toll-free in Okla.) or e-mail cfrank@okpress.com.

»  Register online to attend

Register by May 31 for the Early-Bird rates!
Registrations received after May 31 will be assessed a $20 late fee.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: Notice of cancellation must be received in writing. A full registration fee refund is authorized when cancellation notice is received by May 31, 2017. No-shows forfeit registration fee.




Skirvin Hilton Hotel
One Park Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK  73102  
$119 for 1 king or 2 double beds

For reservations:  Submit reservation online
Or call the reservations line at 1-800-HILTONS and mention the Oklahoma Press Association Annual Convention (or group code OPA)

This special rate will be available until May 25 or until our group block is full.

Directions & Parking Info will be available soon.


Thank you to our Sponsors!


To request information about convention sponsorships, call Membership and Meetings Director Christine Frank at (405) 499-0040, or 1-888-815-2672 (toll-free in Okla.), or e-mail cfrank@okpress.com.

Educational sessions sponsored by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.



10:00 a.m.  
OPA/OPS Board Meeting

1:30 p.m.  
ONF Board Meeting

3:00 p.m.  
Hotel Check-In Available

3:00 p.m.
OPA Business Meeting & Legislative Update
Election of 2017-2018 OPA Officers and Directors, Treasurer’s report, public notice report, necrology report, and a legislative update from OPA Executive Vice President Mark Thomas

3:45 p.m.
News Flash
This fast-paced session covers a range of topics presented by multiple OPA members with a format that keeps it fun and interesting. This is a great opportunity to pick up some new ideas that could work at your own paper.

5:00 p.m.
Business as Unusual — Change Management
Presented by Kyle Killingsworth
Business as UnUsual teaches how to navigate change in your organization, re-recruit good people, take care of “me” issues, improve productivity and avoid common pitfalls in times of change.
Killingsworth is a proven strategic human resources consultant with over 25 of years of experience in successfully blending human resources strategies with business opportunities. Killingsworth is an Adjunct Instructor of the PHR/SPHR Certifi cation Course at OSU/Oklahoma City. He has completed post graduate work at the University of Michigan in Strategic Human Resources Planning and is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional by the Society of Human Resources Management.

6:00 p.m.  
Vendor Reception
Chat with vendors at a cocktail reception and learn about the products and services they offer.

7:00 p.m.  
Welcome Dinner & Scavenger Hunt
Don’t miss this fun night! Chat with friends during dinner then join a team to explore the historic Skirvin Hilton and claim the 2017 Scavenger Hunt team title!
Sponsored by Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association


9:00 a.m.  
Blooper Breakfast
Great laughs and buffet breakfast to get your morning started!
Sponsored by OERB

10:00 a.m.  
Q&A with Governor Mary Fallin

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin will join OPA members for her annual question-and-answer session.

11:00 a.m.  
Congressional Q&A
Oklahoma’s congressmen — Sen. James Lankford, Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Rep. Tom Cole, Rep. Frank Lucas,  Rep. MarkWayne Mullin and Rep. Steve Russell — are invited to attend.

12:00 p.m.  
Awards & Past Presidents Luncheon
Recognition of OPA Past Presidents and Presentation of: ONG Column and Editorial Sweepstakes Awards, OGE Photo of the Year Awards, OPA Digital Media Awards, OPA Print Quality Award and ONF Joseph H. Edwards Outdoor Writer of the Year Award.

1:30 p.m.  

Writing for Non-Readers
Presented by Tim Harrower
Are readers bored by all those dull 15-inch stories? Sadly, yes. Here’s how to make the news more engaging by rethinking and repackaging stories into useful, interactive sidebars, fact boxes, checklists and other innovative chunks. And we’ll show how writers, editors, photographers and designers can collaborate more effectively, too.
Presented by TIM HARROWER, author of The Newspaper Designer’s Handbook and Inside Reporting, both of which are popular newsroom and classroom tools. Harrower is an award-winning editor, designer and columnist at such newspapers as the Times-Union (Rochester, N.Y.) and The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.). He now consults on print and online design, teaches journalism.

Mobile Growth Strategies: Engaging and Monetizing an Evolving Audience
Presented by Jason Maly
It is no longer sufficient to simply provide a mobile responsive platform. Mobile is an ever-evolving space, deeply influenced by user experience and device loyalty. Keep an open mind, and an open strategy, and be ready to follow the user. A combination of past and current user data can prove a powerful tool in building a realistic, yet aggressive growth strategy.
Presented by JASON MALY. Maly is Senior Product Manager-Mobile at CNHI (Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.). In his role at CNHI, Maly oversees the development, implementation and management of mobile technology partnerships, with particular focus on engaging and monetizing a burgeoning mobile audience. Maly has 26 years experience in media sales and marketing, with over 10 years specifi cally focused on digital media, new business development and mobile product management.

2:30 p.m.  

7 Tips for Futurizing Your Packaging & Design
Presented by Tim Harrower
When it comes to writing stories and designing pages, we all keep
making the same mistakes. With hundreds of examples from print
and the web, this session provides a wide-ranging list of do’s and
don’ts, from fonts to photos, graphics to grids.

Hot Circulation Ideas for Community Newspapers
Collect bright promotion ideas to increase your circulation numbers and revenue. A panel of newspaper managers will share their success stories for markets of all sizes. If you have one of your own, bring it to share!

3:30 p.m.  

101 Swipeable Design Ideas
Presented by Tim Harrower
The big finale: a fast-paced parade of the coolest, cleverest headlines, typography, story ideas and design gimmicks you’ve ever seen, terrifically swipeable ideas to use in your own stories.

Photojournalism Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Newspaper Photography
Presented by Mark Zimmerman
Pick up tips on how to capture images for both print and online publications using smartphone and DSLR cameras.
Zimmerman, an associate professor at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, was chief photographer at The Edmond Sun for four years. He has worked as a freelance journalist for the Associated Press, Tulsa World, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Getty Images and other major publications.

4:30 p.m.  
Roundtable Discussion Covering Topics from Earlier in the Day
Join your peers for an opportunity to discuss how to implement ideas you learned at your newspaper.

AP/ONE Awards

Associated Press will present its annual contest awards. (For AP members only.)

6:00 p.m.  
Awards Reception

7:00 p.m.  
Awards Banquet
Presentation of Milt Phillips Award, ONF Beachy Musselman Award, Half Century Club and Quarter Century Club inductions and Better Newspaper Contest Awards.

9:00 p.m.
President's Hospitality Suite
All attendees are invited to the President’s Hospitality Suite following the Awards Banquet.

Convention Adjourns