2015 Annual Convention

June 4-6, 2015

New Location - The Sheraton in downtown Oklahoma City

Register online to attend:


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

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

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.

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


Reservation Deadline: May 12
The room rate and availability is not guaranteed after this date. 

1 North Broadway Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK  73102
Phone Reservations: 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

 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 Game

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 as she begins her second term as governor. 

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
  • Interviewing

3:00 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

  • Advertising Campaigns
  • Background Investigations

4:00 p.m.  Speed Topics

We’re taking roundtables, learning and networking to a whole new level! It’s like speed dating – conference style. Imagine a room full of tables, each with a different topic. 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 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 6 to 10:30 a.m. 

9:00 a.m.  Legislative Recap

by Mark Thomas, OPA executive vice president

10:00 a.m. Congressional Conversations

Your opportunity to question U.S. Dist. 1 Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Dist. 2 Rep. MarkWayne Mullin, Dist. 3 Rep. Frank Lucas, U.S. Dist. Rep. Tom Cole and Dist. 5 Rep. Steve Russell.

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