2015 Annual Convention

June 4-6, 2015

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


Register online to attend:

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Reservation Deadline: May 13
The room rate and availability is not guaranteed after this date. 

1 North Broadway Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK  73102
Reserve your room online: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com
Reserve your room by phone: 1-800-325-3535 (Mention "Oklahoma Press Association" for group rate)
FREE Wireless high-speed internet in sleeping rooms for OPA members.
$105 for 1 king or 2 double beds

Directions & Parking Info: www.sheratonokc.com/directions

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

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.

 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 to 10:30 a.m. 

9:00 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.

10:00 a.m.  Keynote: The Real Value of Newspapers (for publishers & editors)

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.  One-on-One with Governor Mary Fallin

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

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

  • Advertising Prospecting - presented by Mark Millsap, publisher of The Norman Transcript
  • Interviewing - presenter TBA

3:00 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

  • Advertising Campaigns - presented by Scotty Maxwell, ad director at Enid News & Eagle
    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.  So why would we encourage our advertisers to complete Step 1 when we know they need to complete at least Steps 2-5 to receive the full value of our media?  A campaign approach is not for the benefit of the newspaper; the benefit is for the customer.

  • Background Investigations - presented by Nolan Clay, senior Watchdog reporter at The Oklahoman

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

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 6 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. Jim Bridenstine, Rep. MarkWayne Mullin and Rep. Steve Russell. We have not yet heard back from Sen. James Lankford, Rep. Frank Lucas and Rep. Tom Cole.

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