2015 Annual Convention

June 4-6, 2015

New Location! - The Sheraton at
One North Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City

All convention sessions and events will be held
on the 2nd floor of the downtown Sheraton Hotel.


  • The Sheraton room rate of $105 per night has been extended to Friday, May 22. 
  • "One-on-One with Governor Mary Fallin" has been moved to 9 a.m. on Friday, June 5.
  • "News Flash" has been moved to 11 a.m. on Friday, June 5.
  • Tours of The Oklahoman's new offices will be available on June 5. See below for details.
  • Congressman Bridenstine has canceled his appearance at Saturday's session.

Register online to attend:

Register by May 25 for the Early-Bird rates!
Registrations received after May 25 will be assessed a $20 late fee.

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Reservation Deadline: Extended to Friday, May 22!

The room rate and availability is not guaranteed after this date. 

1 North Broadway Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK  73102  (405) 235-2780
FREE Wireless high-speed internet in sleeping rooms for OPA members.
$105 for 1 king or 2 double beds

Reserve your room online: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com

Reserve your room by phone: 1-800-325-3535 (Mention "Oklahoma Press Association" for group rate)
Directions & Parking Info: www.sheratonokc.com/directions

Tour The Oklahoman on June 5

The Oklahoman's new offices are located right next to our convention hotel. Tours of their new building will be available on Friday, June 5 at 10 a.m., 1:40 and 4 p.m. Meet in our convention lobby area on the Sheraton's 2nd floor and you'll be led next door to The Oklahoman. We'll have additional information at the OPA registration table when you arrive.


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

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

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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

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 2015-2016 OPA Officers and Directors, treasurer’s report, necrology report

6:30 p.m.  Welcome Dinner & Live Team Trivia!

Visit with friends during dinner then team up to see which group will be crowned the Trivia Champ! 
Sponsored by Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association


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

9:00 a.m.  One-on-One with Governor Mary Fallin
Time changed!

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

10:00 a.m.  Keynote: The Real Value of Newspapers

This is not just another business. Although we face our fair share of challenges, America and its communities need us to succeed. Presenter Ken Paulson is president of the First Amendment Center and dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University. He is a former editor-in-chief and senior vice president/news of USA Today. He is now a columnist on USA Today's board of contributors, writing about First Amendment issues and news media.

11:00 a.m.  News Flash  Time Changed!

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.
iPad Giveaway sponsored by TownNews.com

12:00 p.m.  Awards & Bloopers Luncheon

Presentation of: ONG Column and Editorial Sweepstakes Awards, OGE Photo of the Year Awards, OPA Digital Media 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.  Concurrent Sessions

  • On the Trail for New Clients - presented by Mark Millsap, publisher of The Norman Transcript. How do you prospect for new clients? Join this interactive session to discuss how to communicate with advertisers to create the most effective ads.

  • Tackle the Interview
    The interview is the essential ingredient in your story. If it’s a substandard interview, it’s a substandard story. Learn to get beyond the common questions, work with difficult sources and discuss the tough topics at this panel discussion with seasoned reporters/editors: Rob Collins, Enid News & Eagle; Jaclyn Cosgrove, The Oklahoman; and Ted Streuli, The Journal Record.

3:00 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

  • Effective Advertising Campaigns - presented by Jamey Honeycutt, Oklahoma Weekly Group/BH Media. The difference between running an ad and running an ad campaign is results.  Consumers generally need exposure to a message at least five times to generate a response or action.  A campaign approach is not for the benefit of the newspaper; the benefit is for the customer.

  • Dig Deep into People's Backgrounds - presented by Nolan Clay, senior Watchdog reporter at The Oklahoman. Turn an idea or tip into a well researched investigation. We’ll discuss how to use social media and public records to effectively gather background and supporting data on people. Learn about records you’ve never even heard of.

4:00 p.m.  Speed Topics

It’s like speed dating – conference style. 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. Scheduled topics will be announced in the weeks leading up to the convention.

5:30 p.m.  Free Time

6:00 p.m.  Awards Reception

Sponsored by The Associated Press

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.


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

9:00 a.m.  Legislative Recap

Mark Thomas, OPA executive vice president, has been at the State Capitol all legislative season advocating on behalf of newspapers, the press and freedom of information to the general public. Find out which battles were won and lost and what we can anticipate next year.

10:00 a.m. Congressional Conversations

Your opportunity to question Oklahoma's congressmen. Confirmed to attend: Rep. Frank Lucas, Rep. MarkWayne Mullin and Rep. Steve Russell. We have not yet heard back from Sen. James Lankford. Sen. Inhofe, Rep. Bridenstine (canceled), Rep. Cole are unable to attend.

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 May 29, 2015. 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