2014 Annual Convention

June 12-14, 2014

Sheraton & Reed Center in Midwest City, Oklahoma

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All convention sessions and events will be held at the Reed Center, adjacent to the Sheraton. The Sheraton is connected to the Reed Center by an indoor walkway.

QUESTIONS? Call (405) 499-0026, 1-888-815-2672 (toll-free in Okla.) or e-mail registrations@okpress.com.


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To request information about convention sponsorships, call Member Services Director Lisa Potts at (405) 499-0026, or 1-888-815-2672 (toll-free in Okla.), or e-mail lpotts@okpress.com.


Reservation Deadline: MAY 30
The $94 room rate and availability is not guaranteed after this date.
This year we feature TWO hotels for your convenience. 

1833 Center Drive, Midwest City, OK  73110
Phone Reservations: 405-732-5500 (Mention OPA for group rate)
or click here to make an online reservation (group code: OPA)
FREE Breakfast, Wireless high-speed internet and parking.
$94 for 1 king or $99 for 2 queen beds

5750 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City, OK 73110
Phone Reservations: 1-800-325-3535 or Front desk (405) 455-1800
(Mention Oklahoma Press Association for group rate)
or click here to make an online reservation.
FREE Wireless high-speed internet and parking. A small business center is available in the Sheraton lobby.
$94 for 1 king or 2 double beds

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


1:00 p.m.  OPA/OPS Board Meeting

3:00 p.m.  Hotel Check-In Available

4:00 p.m.  ONF Board Meeting

6:00 p.m.  OPA Business Meeting

Election of 2014-2015 OPA Officers and Directors, treasurer’s report, necrology report

7:00 p.m.  Welcome Dinner & Group Crossword Contest

Visit with friends during dinner then team up into a few large groups to see which can solve a crossword puzzle fastest and claim the Best Crossword Team title! Not a puzzle fan? No problem, cheer on your friends while enjoying a free drink.
Crossword creator Patrick Jordan will serve as moderator. Jordan is advertising manager for The Ponca City News, where he has worked since 1984. He’s also a crossword expert who has had more than 1,200 puzzles published in the past 10 years by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Newsday. His puzzles currently appear bi-weekly in the Washington Post, and he’s published two crossword books.

Sponsored by Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association


Breakfast on your own. Available at Sheraton Hotel from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Available at Hampton Inn from 6 to 10 a.m.

9:00 a.m.  Keynote: What I've Learned from Successful Newspapers

The News Guru Kevin Slimp has spoken at hundreds of newspaper conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada. He also serves as director of the Institute for Newspaper Technology, an annual week-long software training conference. Kevin has literally visited thousands of newspapers in his career and still visits newspapers of all sizes. Save all that traveling time and take advantage of this opportunity to learn from Kevin's experience.

10:00 a.m.  News Flash

News Flash is a fast-paced event covering 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.

11:00 a.m.  One-on-One with Governor Mary Fallin

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin joins OPA members for her second question-and-answer session as governor. Fallin is up for re-election in November.

12:00 p.m.  Awards & Bloopers Luncheon

Presentation of: ONG Column and Editorial Sweepstakes Awards, OGE Photo of the Year Awards, OPA Website Awards, OPA Print Quality Awards, ONF Joseph H. Edwards Outdoor Writer of the Year Award, Blooper Awards
Co-Sponsored by OERB

2:00 p.m.  Speed Topics

We’re taking roundtables, learning and networking to a whole new level! It’s like speed dating – conference style. Imagine a room full of tables, each with a different topic. Choose which table and topic you want to join, then change tables every 20 minutes. It’s a great opportunity to learn new things, ask questions in small groups, and meet others in the industry. A few scheduled topics are: circulation, paywalls and online subscriptions, reporting, column writing, freedom of information, social media, advertising sales and design, and discuss legal issues with a media attorney.

4:30 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

  • New Technology for Newspapers
    Before Kevin Slimp was known as “The News Guru,” he was called the “Tech Guru” in the newspaper industry. Following his development of the PDF Printing Process in the early/mid '90s, Kevin worked with thousands of newspapers internationally to help them determine what software and hardware best fit their needs. In “New Technology for Newspapers,” Kevin will take an honest look at the latest products for newspapers of all sizes.
  • Secrets to Great Content Marketing
    After you produce relevant content that is interesting and valuable to your readers, you want to make sure they see it. Learn how to use social media, blogs, video and targeted emails to direct traffic to your website and printed newspaper.  
  • Packaging Advertising Sales
    Gather suggestions on bundling with print and online advertising, and help your advertisers make the transition into online.

5:30 p.m.  Free Time

6:00 p.m.  Awards Reception

Sponsored by OGE Energy Corp.

7:00 p.m.  Awards Banquet

Presentation of: Milt Phillips Award, ONF Beachy Musselman Award, Half Century Club Induction, Quarter Century Club Induction, Better Newspaper Contest Awards

9:30 p.m.  President's Hospitality Suite

All attendees are invited to the President’s Hospitality Suite following the Awards Banquet.
Sponsored by Associated Press


Breakfast on your own. Available at Sheraton Hotel from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Available at Hampton Inn from 6 to 10 a.m.

9:00 a.m.  Legislative Recap

by Mark Thomas, OPA executive vice president

10:00 a.m. Congressional Conversations

Your opportunity to question U.S. Dist. 1 Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Dist. 2 Rep. MarkWayne Mullin, Dist. 3 Rep. Frank Lucas and Dist. 5 Rep. James Lankford.

11:15 a.m. Convention Adjourns

12:00 p.m. Hotel Check-out


Notice of cancellation must be received in writing. A full registration fee refund is authorized when cancellation notice is received by June 6, 2014. No-shows forfeit registration fee.

Contact Information

3601 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

(405) 499-0020
(888) 815-2672

Toll-Free in OK