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  • Contest Participants by Circulation Division

    Are you curious to know which newspapers you're competing against in OPA's Better Newspaper Contest? Here are the circulation divisions, which were pre-determined based on the total paid circulation shown on each newspaper's USPS Statement of Ownership published in October 2018.  » Review list of contest participants

    Entries will be judged by members of the New Mexico Press Association, and award notifications will be mailed to participants in the spring. Plaques will be awarded on June 8 at the awards banquet during the OPA Annual Convention on June 7-8 at the Grand Casino Hotel in Shawnee.

  • Legislative Summit pictures posted

    Visit OPA's Facebook page to view pictures from the Legislative Summit at the State Capitol on Feb. 7.

  • Trail Miller Co. purchases The Thomas Tribune

    Trail Miller Co. LLC, owned by Paul Laubach, has added another weekly paper to its roster. The company purchased The Thomas Tribune from Harold and Donna Gleason on Feb. 1.
    The Tribune is a weekly newspaper that was first published in 1902. The Gleasons purchased it in 1973, and Harold was inducted into OPA's Half Century Club last June.
    Trail Miller also owns the Canton Times, Dewey County Record, Henessey Clipper and Okeene Record.

  • Dr. Terry Clark switches from pen to palette

    It's the end of an era.
    After 22 years Dr. Terry Clark has written his final edition of "Clark's Critique" for The Oklahoma Publisher.

    »»  Read the column, including his final "Head'em Up" awards, the best of 2018

    If you've enjoyed reading Terry's columns, send him a note letting him know. Mail cards to Dr. Terry Clark, Oklahoma Press Association, 3601 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK  73105. We'll make sure it gets to him.

  • OPA Phone, fax and email restored

    The office phone, fax, email and internet are back up and running. Thank you for your patience while we resolved this problem!

  • The Frontier is partnering with state papers

    The Frontier, an award-winning non-profit journalism organization in Oklahoma, is making its stories available to newspapers for publication. Email if you're interested.  » Read more

  • Local group to purchase three Seminole County papers

    The Seminole Economic Development Council has reached an agreement to purchase the assets of The Seminole Producer, Konawa Leader and Wewoka Times following the recent death of Publisher Stu Phillips.  »» Read more

  • Begin collecting your contest entries!

    It's time to enter the OPA Better Newspaper Contest so we can recognize your great work in 2018!

    Last year we introduced online entry and new categories to recognize both newspapers and individual staff members. All of that continues this year PLUS the Awards Committee added a separate Magazine Contest for those business member newspapers that publish magazines at least quarterly.

    Upload PDFs of your newspaper pages and other contest/award entries at The deadline for entries is February 11, 2019, so start collecting and uploading your entries now!

    Your newspaper's password is the same as last year. If your paper did not enter the contest last year, the password is "bnc". Contact Lisa Sutliff at or 405-499-0026 if you need your newspaper's password.

    » Review the contest rules, categories and circulation divisions

    » Download a step-by-step guide to uploading entries 

  • Make an Impact at Legislative Summit on February 7

    Publishers and editors of legal newspapers are encouraged to join us at the State Capitol on Feb. 7 at the annual Legislative Summit. We need you to speak with your legislators about the many bills affecting newspapers and newspaper interests, and visiting at their Capitol offices really makes an impact. Governor-elect Kevin Stitt has been invited but has not confirmed to speak to the group after lunch. The meeting is free and includes a BBQ lunch, but registration is required.

    »» Plan to join us at the Summit

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    FREE registration to Online Media Campus webinars

    OPA members can now participate in Online Media Campus training webinars at NO COST! OPA is paying a subscription fee so all members can benefit with UNLIMITED ACCESS in 2019 to BOTH upcoming webinars and 130 archived webinars. These trainings improve your job skills without the need to travel and spend time away from the office. So take advantage of this opportunity to improve your knowledge and gain new ideas!
    The instructions on how to access the webinars were included on a flier that was mailed to publishers in early January. We encourage you to post that flier in your office for future reference and share it with other staff members. Publishers, editors and ad directors of OPA-member publications can also contact OPA to request the directions/access code. Email or or call (405) 499-0020 or 1-888-815-2672.

  • Postal rate increases; no more updates to 3541 Excel spreadsheet

    Postal rate increases go into effect on Jan. 27, 2019, with Periodicals seeing about a 2.5 percent increase. Postal software will support these new rate increases so if your publication uses one of them, it should all be updated.
    However, if you’ve been using the Excel spreadsheet for the 3541 Postage Statement, it is no longer being updated.  The postal service wants those of you who were using this form to use the Business Customer Gateway to electronically submit your postage statement to the local post office. If you need help setting this up, call Jennifer Gilliland at OPA (405-499-0028 or email and we can get you in touch with the expert at the post office.
    Don’t forget to budget for first-class mail increases in postage. The first-class Mail Forever stamp will increase by 5 cents – from 50 cents to 55 cents for one ounce. The additional ounce price drops from 21 cents to 15 cents. The meter price increases from 47 to 50 cents; postcards stay the same at 35 cents.

  • CNHI sold back to Retirement Systems of Alabama

    CNHI, LLC has been acquired by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, it was announced Wednesday. CNHI is made up of more than 100 local newspapers and websites in 22 states, including 68 dailies and more than 40 non-dailies. In Oklahoma, the company owns 10 dailies and six non-dailies.
    CNHI previously operated with RSA before Raycom purchased CNHI in September 2017. When Raycom announced in June it would be acquired by a television group, CNHI began looking for a new partner.
    » Read press release

  • Ray Dyer appointed as president of OPA

    Ray Dyer, a third generation publisher of the El Reno Tribune, is the new president of the Oklahoma Press Association.

    Dyer was appointed by the OPA Board of Directors to serve from January 1, 2019, through June 30, 2019, and will then be nominated for membership consideration and election for his scheduled year of 2019-2020.

    Dyer succeeds Brian Blansett, publisher of the Tri-County Herald, as president. Blansett will serve as past president for six months.

    Other members of the OPA Board are treasurer Jeff Shultz, Garvin County News Star; and directors Mike Strain, Tulsa World; John Denny Montgomery, The Purcell Register; Mark Millsap, The Norman Transcript; Zonelle Rainbolt, The Cordell Beacon; Don Mecoy, The Oklahoman; and Shauna Belyeu, The Eufaula Indian Journal.

  • Stu Phillips Death Notice

    Stuart ‘Stu’ Phillips, longtime publisher of The Seminole Producer, Wewoka Times and Konawa Leader, died December 30, 2018. He was 55.
    No public memorial service will be held.
    Phillips was a third generation publisher and past president of OPA, following in the footsteps of his father, Ted, and grandfather, H. Milt Phillips.
    Stu Phillips began working at the newspaper as a child. He began working full-time at The Producer in 1984. When his father retired in 1994, Phillips was named general manager and was named associate editor in 1998. In 2004, following the death of his father, he took the title of editor and publisher.
    Phillips served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 2007.  » Read more

  • Services scheduled for Ramona Brown

    Ramona Correne (Renfro) Brown, former general manager of The Hominy News-Progress, died Dec. 25, 2018. She was 82.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at Hominy Church of the Nazarene, 224 S. Wood Ave., Hominy. Arrangements are by Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home in Fairfax.
    Brown worked at The News-Progress for 32 years, beginning in 1982.

  • Ed Choate to lead McAlester News-Capital as publisher

    Effective Jan. 1, Ed Choate will take on publisher and editor duties at the McAlester News-Capital. Since 2005 Choate has worked at the Muskogee Phoenix, starting as city editor and progressing to the executive editor position. Both papers are owned by CNHI. » Read more

  • December Publisher available for download

    The December issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is available for download. Read about a 90-year-old Christmas tradition being carried on by the Tulsa World, Terry Clark's "Chicken Dinner News," Wilma Newby's tips for ramping up a small computer and more.

    To download this month's issue, click here

  • Kelly Dyer Fry named publisher of The Oklahoman

    Kelly Dyer Fry has been named publisher of The Oklahoman effective today. Fry will also continue in her role as editor and vice president of news for The Oklahoman, which was purchased by GateHouse Media in October. » Read more

  • Services for Stephen Engleman

    Stephen 'Steve' Charles Engleman, part owner of The Clinton Daily News, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018. He was 70.
    A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at McFarlin United Methodist Church, 419 S. University Blvd., Norman, OK 73069.
    Engleman was the son of Charles and Lela Jean Engleman. Charles Engleman was editor, publisher and owner of The Clinton Daily News from 1940 to 2003.
    After Steve Engleman graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism, he worked at the Tahoe Daily Tribune in California. For the next 12 years, he worked at the family newspaper in Clinton as advertising representative and associate publisher. Engleman also owned The Moore Monitor and The Penny Pincher at one time. 

  • 2019 OPA press cards now available

    This year is almost over so it's time to request your OPA press cards for 2019!  OPA offers two types of press cards that business member newspapers can order. Both are perfect for reporters, photographers and any other staff members or stringers at your newspaper.

    1) High quality, professional photo ID Press Cards are $7 each. The hard plastic badges – usable for a calendar year – feature your mugshot, along with your newspaper’s name and phone number. A clip at the top of the card makes it easy to attach to a lanyard, clothing or camera bag. The back of the card has the OPA contact information.

    2) Standard cardstock, non-photo press cards are FREE. There are places on the back of the card to write the individual's name and newspaper.

    ** PRESS bumper stickers are also available and do not expire. They can be used on vehicles, office doors or windows, etc. These are free, and please place your order when ordering press cards.

    Email to request the free standard press cards for your office, and fill out this order form to request your photo ID press cards.

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