2013 Annual Convention

June 13-15, 2013

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.


5750 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City, OK 73110
Phone Reservations: 1-800-325-3535 or Front desk (405) 455-1800
Wireless high-speed internet access is FREE. Parking is FREE. A small business center is available in the Sheraton lobby.

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


10:30 a.m.  OPA/OPS Board Meeting

2:00 p.m.  ONF Board Meeting

3:00 p.m.  Hotel Check-In Available

4:00 p.m.  How to Discipline and Discharge without Fear of Claims

Pick up strategies and ideas to effectively manage employees’ performance and behavior while staying out of legal trouble. Chris Thrutchley of Doerner, Saunders, Daniel and Anderson has advised and defended employers in labor, employment and business matters for nearly 20 years. He is one of few employment lawyers in the nation certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. He proactively teams with clients to design, implement and audit best employment practices.

5:15 p.m.  OPA Business Meeting

Legislative update by OPA Executive Vice President Mark Thomas, Election of 2013-2014 OPA Officers and Directors, treasurer’s report, necrology report

6:00 p.m. Free Time

7:00 p.m.  Welcome Dinner

Will Rogers: He Almost Never Met a Newspaper He Didn’t Like

Visit with friends during dinner then Steven Gragert will present an entertaining look at Will Rogers’ history with newspapers. Gragert has served as director of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore and the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch in Oologah since 2006. He has edited and published 19 volumes of the writings and letters of Will Rogers and served as director of the Will Rogers Research Project at OSU.

Sponsored by Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association


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

8:30 a.m.  A Morning Read and a Cup of Joe

Check out the best newspapers from surrounding states while enjoying some coffee or other morning refreshment.

9:30 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.
iPad Giveaway Sponsored by TownNews.com

11:00 a.m.  Why Newspapers Matter

Presented by Terry J. Kroeger, President and Chief Executive Officer of BH Media Group. Learn more about why the 9th largest newspaper group in the nation believes in newspapers. The company owns 28 daily and 42 weekly community newspapers across eight states, including the Tulsa World, which it purchased in March. Kroeger has held a variety of positions since joining the Omaha World-Herald in 1985. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer of BH Media Group in 2005 and became the Chief Executive Officer in 2008.

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.  Concurrent Roundtables

Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss common issues and share ideas at separate daily, weekly and college roundtables

3:00 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Advertising track: Making Money through Niche Printed Products

It’s time to think “outside the box” to create products that complement our newspapers. David McCollum is owner and CEO of FIG Publications and Las Cruces (N.M.) Bulletin, a weekly newspaper that placed second in general excellence in the National Newspaper Association’s 2012 Better Newspaper Contest. It has been recognized for its innovation, design and special magazine products.

Editorial track: Changing How Oklahoma State Courts Conduct Business

The current Oklahoma Supreme Court Network (OSCN) and the Oklahoma Court Information System (OCIS/ODCR) are being combined this year. Learn about the process and when your county might gain access to the new electronic system.
Michael D. Evans has served as the Administrative Director of the Courts since January 2006. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Bar Association and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. While in private practice in Frederick, Okla., he served as an Assistant District Attorney for 9 years and City Attorney for the City of Frederick for 22 years.

4:00 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Advertising track: Making Special Sections “Special”

Pick up dozens of new ideas and discuss how to make your special sections “money makers.”
David McCollum previously served as a publisher for CNHI, vice president of sales and marketing at The Journal Record (OKC) and retail ad manager at The Oklahoman. He is a native Oklahoman with an advertising degree from Oklahoma State University.

Editorial track: Headlines to Hook your readers

You have only a few seconds to grab your people’s attention and entice them to read your story. Learn to play on words, look for the unusual, showcase with typography and utilize search engine optimization.Terry M. Clark is a journalism professor and former chairman of the University of Central Oklahoma department of mass communication. The director of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame teaches journalistic writing, ethics and social media courses

5:00 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Current trends in the Valuation & Sale of Community Newspapers

If you’re considering a newspaper sale or purchase, or simply planning for the future, it’s important to assess your business’ financial well-being and value in today’s market.
Rollie Hyde was among the top tier of American Newspaper Brokers in 2012, averaging one newspaper sale every 10 days. Prior to being a broker, Rollie spent about 50 years in the newspaper business. In 2006, Hyde joined the W.B. Grimes and Company as Sr. Associate in the Southwest and Mountain States.

College: Tips to Launch Your Newspaper Career

Students should attend this panel discussion and Q&A to obtain advice from Oklahoma newspaper professionals to assist in your pursuit of a career in journalism, advertising and the newspaper industry

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 11 a.m.

9:00 a.m.  Best & Worst Ideas

An opportunity to have some fun and pick up a few ideas! Share your most creative successful and disastrous ideas. Bring samples if you have them. The two people announcing the absolute best and worst ideas will each receive a prize.

10:00 a.m. Congressional Conversations

Your opportunity to question U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn and Dist. 1 Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Dist. 2 Rep. MarkWayne Mullin, Dist. 3 Rep. Frank Lucas, Dist. 4 Rep. Tom Cole, 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 7, 2013. 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