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 25 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 - Speaker TBD

2:45 p.m.
Ice Cream Social   

3:30 p.m.
Business Meeting

4:15 p.m.
Speed Sessions

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

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.

2:00 p.m.
CONCURRENT SESSIONS   

PHOTOGRAPHY
Presented by Ed Bolt

HOW TO SELL DIGITAL ADS
Presented by Thad Swiderski
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.

INDUSTRY FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS
TBD


3:15 p.m.
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

DRONES
Presented by Ed Bolt

ADVERTISING SALES
Presented by Mark Millsap

OPEN MEETINGS/OPEN RECORDS
TBD

4:30 p.m.  
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

FEATURE WRITING
Presented by TBD

INCREASE SALES NOW!
Presented by Carol Grubbe
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.

RECRUITING NEW COLLEGE GRADS


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 Chickasaw Nation

Convention Adjourns

Contact Information

3601 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

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

Toll-Free in OK