2019 Annual Convention

June 7-8, 2019

Location: Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, Shawnee, OK

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

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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, 2018. No-shows forfeit registration fee.

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HOTEL INFORMATION

OPA GROUP RATE: $99 for a King or Queen Double
                                  $159 for a Suite

Grand Casino Hotel and Resort
777 Grand Casino Blvd., Shawnee, OK  74804  
$99 for 1 king or 2 queen beds, $159 for a suite

For reservations: 
Call the reservations line at 1-405 964-7777 (group code OK Press Association) or visit www.grandresortok.com click the Book A Room tab, then enter information, click advanced search options and enter the group code 180614OKLA to get the group rate.

This special rate will be available until May 24 or until our group block is full.

The Grand Casino Resort and Hotel is located on I-40 just to the west of Shawnee.


 
 

                      Thank you to our Sponsors!

 
     






 


To request information about becoming a convention sponsorship, 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.

Refreshment breaks sponsored by Hilliary Communications 

FRIDAY, JUNE 7

1:30 p.m.   General Session - Q & A with Governor Stitt (Governor Stitt has been invited but has not confirmed)

2:45 p.m.
Ice Cream Social 

Sponsored by The Chickasaw Nation

3:30 p.m.
Business Meeting

4:15 p.m.
Speed Sessions - Topics include advertising, editorial, social media, technology and circulation

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

7:00 p.m.  
Welcome Dinner and guest speaker veteran network news correspondent, Mike Boettcher
Sponsored by Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association

9:00 p.m.
Hospitality Hour, Grand Event Center Balcony
All attendees are invited to the Hospitality Hour following the Welcome Dinner
Banquet.
Sponsored by AT&T

SATURDAY, JUNE 16

8:30 a.m.  
Blooper Breakfast
Great laughs and buffet breakfast to get your morning started!
Sponsored by OERB

10:00 a.m.  
Congressional  Q&A 
Oklahoma’s congressmen — Sen. Jim Inhofe, Sen. James Lankford, Rep. Tom Cole,
Rep. Frank Lucas,  Rep. MarkWayne Mullin, Rep. Kevin Hern and Rep. Kendra Horn — are invited to attend.

12:00 p.m.  
Awards & Past Presidents Luncheon
Recognition of OPA Past Presidents and Presentation of: ONF Beachy Musselman Award, Half Century Club and Quarter Century Club inductions, ONG Column and Editorial Sweepstakes Awards, OGE Photo of the Year Awards, OPA Digital Media Awards, OPA Print Quality Award, ONF Joseph H. Edwards Outdoor Writer of the Year Award, and Ray Lokey Memorial Award for Excellence in Reporting.
Sponsored by The Citizen Potawatomi Nation

2:00 p.m.
CONCURRENT SESSIONS   

CAMERA TIPS
Presented by Ed Bolt
Shawnee photographer Ed Bolt will share tips on camera basics to help you get the best possible photos at your shooting locations. He will touch on controlling the camera so you make the most of lighting and teach an understanding of your cameras capabilities so you are not expecting it to do things that are not possible and be disappointed with the results. He will also talk about how you can push it to perform better that you may realize.

HOW TO SELL DIGITAL ADS
Presented by Thad Swiderski, Founder and President, eType Services
Newspapers find it difficult to transition their advertisers to their digital products. How to sell digital ads explains the steps necessary to position the papers to sell their audience not their paper. In this session, we focus on how to redesign a rate card to include digital. We also cover how to approach advertisers, and perfect the "pitch". This is a fast paced - hands on - session that uses the participants' newspapers as examples for the pitch.

EVOLVING BUSINESS MODELS
Panel discussion presented by 

3:15 p.m.
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

BASIC DRONE RULES
Presented by Ed Bolt
Shawnee photographer and FAA licensed drone pilot Ed Bolt will cover the basic rules for using a drone to produce photos and videos legally and safely in a commercial setting.

BE VERSATILE. FINDING WHAT ADVERTISERS WILL BUY TODAY
Presented by Mark Millsap, Publisher, Norman Transcript
Revenue generating ideas, projects and programs that you can use at your newspaper tomorrow.

FEATURING THE STORYTELLER: GENERATING STORY IDEAS EVERY DAY
Presented by Holly Easttom, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Oklahoma Baptist University
Looming deadlines often detract from the main joy of the job: telling a story. So how can you navigate the constant pressure of the pitch with the innate desire to report and write well?

The most obvious answer is to get away from your desk and interact with the community at large, but this session will look at other ways to generate feature story ideas and experimental reporting methodology. This participatory session will re-introduce the idea that conversation and curiosity serve as the foundation of journalism, and everyone is a potential feature.

4:30 p.m.  
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

HOW TO GET THE RECORDS THEY WON'T GIVE YOU
Presented by Joey Senat, Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University School of Media & Strategic Communications
Is local government stonewalling your requests for documents? Are the city council and county commission agendas incomprehensible? Arm yourself in the battle to open government by learning what Oklahoma’s Open Records and Meeting acts require and prohibit. Senat also will provide strategies for responding to government delays and denials and explain what open meeting violations to look for.

INCREASE SALES NOW!
Presented by Carol Grubbe,Senior Regional Sales Manager, TownNews.com
Newspapers were built on informing their communities. Communication is a KEY
element! Everyday your sales people are sitting in front of local businesses, your
reporters are gathering news from various sources and every day your internal
departments are trying to effectively communicate with each other.
Newspapers are VITAL to any community and getting hit hard lately! NOW, more
than ever, it is SO important to BOOST SALES! Looking for the next biggest thing to
sell; like a new promotion, an upsell, an event are good, but it really it boils down to
ONE thing – effective communication.

HOW TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN RECENT COLLEGE GRADS
Panel discussion presented by: Holly Easttom, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Oklahoma Baptist University; John Helsley, Student Publications Coordinator, Oklahoma State University; and Seth Prince, Newsroom Adviser, OU Student Media, The University of Oklahoma 

6:00 p.m.  
Awards Reception
Sponsored by AEP/PSO

7:00 p.m.  
Awards Banquet
Presentation of Milt Phillips Award and Better Newspaper Contest Awards.

9:00 p.m.
Hospitality Hour, Grand Event Center Balcony
All attendees are invited to the Hospitality Hour following the Awards Banquet.
Sponsored by eType Services

Convention Adjourns

Contact Information

3601 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

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

Toll-Free in OK