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  • State news orgs to receive legal support

    Oklahoma has been selected by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to receive pro bono legal support to assist local news organizations in pursuing public records and access to public meetings and in defending against legal actions.

    The Reporters Committee announced Tuesday that it had chosen Oklahoma, Colorado, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee as the initial sites of its Local Legal Initiative, which is being funded primarily through a $10 million investment by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

    The Reporters Committee, based in Washington, D.C., will hire an attorney in each state to work with participating news organizations to bolster their efforts to obtain public records, gain access to hearings and meetings, and defend against legal threats and lawsuits. Each lawyer will also offer pre-publication reviews of content, which is common in journalism for assessing legal exposure, as well as other services.

    “The Local legal Initiative is revolutionary because it will help restore the rights of citizens who want access to records kept by their government, and provide the financial backing to challenge bureaucracy and violations of Oklahoma’s transparency laws and principles,” said Mark Thomas, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Press Association. 

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  • January issue of The Oklahoma Publisher in the mail

    The January issue of The Oklahoma Publisher will be put in the mail today. This issue focuses on the February 3 deadline for the OPA Better Newspaper Contest and other award nominations. OPA President Ray Dyer offers a guest column that you can use in your own newspaper written by his sister, Erin Thompson. Two OPA member newspapers have new owners, plus much more.

    >> Download the January issue

  • Inspired Media acquires Garvin County News Star

    Jeff and Nanette Shultz, former owners of the Garvin County News Star, are pleased to announce the sale of the News Star to Inspired Media, LLC.
    Pauls Valley residents, Chris and Suzanne Mackey, own the media company, which took over operations of the News Star on January 2, 2020.
    Jeff Shultz will remain on staff as the News Star’s managing editor.
    Suzanne holds a journalism degree and will be working with Jeff to provide quality content for the paper. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in business and will serve as publisher and business operations manager for the paper.

  • 2020 Press Cards Now Available

    This year is almost over so it's time to request your OPA press cards for 2020!

    OPA offers two types of press cards for business member newspapers. 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.
    » Review how to order & download an order form for your photo ID press cards.

    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.
    » Email to request the free standard press cards for your office or order a few with your photo ID cards. 

    ** 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 request them when ordering your press cards.

  • December Publisher available to download

    Merry Christmas to all!

    Download the December issue here.

  • Contest & awards entry period now open!

    It's time to be honored for your great work in the past year! The 2019 OPA Better Newspaper Contest is now open for entries! It's easy to upload your entries online for contest categories that recognize both your newspaper as well as you and your staff. 

    Consider also submitting entries or nominations in our other contests and awards:

    •   ONF Ray Lokey Memorial Award for Excellence in Reporting
    •   ONF Joseph H. Edwards Outdoor Writer of the Year
    •   Magazine Contest
    •   Half Century Club
    •   Quarter Century Club
    •   ONF Beachy Musselman Award

    The deadline is February 3, 2020, so start collecting and uploading your entries now!

    » More information on OPA's Better Newspaper Contest

    » More information on other contests and awards

  • Apply by Jan. 10 to host a student intern this summer

    In the past 12 years more than 220 college students have interned at Oklahoma newspapers with their salaries funded by the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, the non-profit affiliate of the OPA. Interns' pay is $10 per hour.

    Applications for the 2020 paid summer internship program are now available. The deadline for host newspaper applications is Jan. 10 and student applications are due Feb. 17. The program is made possible by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. 

    » Download internship applications:

  • November Publisher available for download

    The November issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is available to download. This month's issue features four new publishers/general managers at CNHI newspapers, a new general manager at the Ponca City News, new owners at Guthrie News Leader and Mangum Star-News, plus much more!
    » Download the November Issue

  • Ponca City News has new general manager

    Kurt Oswald has been named general manager of The Ponca City News. Before arriving in Ponca City, Oswald served as the publisher/general manager of two newspapers in Louisiana, the director of advertising for a paper near Wichita, Kansas, director of operations and marketing for a family-owned ACE hardware chain in Wichita and a regional sales director for Gannett/USA Today. 

    “I am very excited to be in Ponca City and look forward to leading The Ponca City News into a bright future,” said Oswald. The News is owned by Kay county Media.

  • The Oklahoma Publisher is in the mail

    The October issue of The Oklahoma Publisher will go out for mailing today. If you can't wait, download it here! This month's issue includes the great turnout in Enid for the first of six open meeting/records seminars; FOI Oklahoma award winners; the last stories for this year by ONF interns; and a feature story on Carol Conner's stand against Starbucks by John M. Wylie II.

    >> Download the October issue

  • New Publisher at Stillwater News Press

    Jill Hunt, longtime advertising director of the Stillwater News Press, has been appointed publisher of the newspaper. She has served as the paper’s top advertising executive since 1998. Hunt has 30 years of experience in the newspaper industry, previously working at The Duncan Banner and McAllen (Texas) Monitor. She’s also a former high school journalism teacher. Hunt succeeds Dale Brendel, who was recently named publisher of the Joplin Globe in Missouri. Both papers are owned by CNHI.

    » Read the story

  • Services set for Anadarko's Paula McBride Savage

    Paula McBride SavagePaula LeMarr McBride Savage, assistant editor of The Anadarko Daily News, died Oct. 12. She was 61.
    A farewell gathering for Paula will begin at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the offices of The Anadarko Daily News, 117 E. Broadway in downtown Anadarko, after the OU-West Virginia football game. All OU fans are encouraged to wear their gear in honor of Paula’s great love for the University of Oklahoma Sooners.
    Paula was born March 12, 1958, to Carolyn and Joe W. McBride, Jr. She was a graduate of Anadarko High School Class of 1976. After graduation, she attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1988 with a degree in journalism. She later received a minor in religious studies from OU.
    She began working at her family’s newspaper, The Anadarko Daily News, in 1974 and was employed there as assistant editor at the time of her death. Her column, “Whatever Happened To ...” was a Daily News reader favorite.

  • Services set for Kenneth Wood

    Kenneth Ronald Wood, former publisher of The Maysville News and Stratford Star, died Oct. 9, 2019. He was 77.
    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 12, at the First Baptist Church of Maysville, 300 Ripley St, Maysville, OK.
    Wood was born July 21, 1942, in Pauls Valley. He graduated from high school in 1960. On Oct. 14, 1961, he married Lottie Ann Lehman.
    Wood worked in the newspaper business for 50 years. His career started as a carrier at the Pauls Valley Democrat. He was editor of the Wynnewood Gazette before becoming owner and publisher of The Maysville News and Stratford Star. He retired and sold the two publications in 2008.
    Wood was inducted into the Oklahoma Press Association’s Half Century Club in 2008.

  • Former editor returns to Muskogee as publisher

    Ed Choate was appointed publisher of the Muskogee Phoenix this week. In a way, he's returning "home" as he worked at the Phoenix from 2005 to 2018. He left the Phoenix last year to become publisher-editor of the McAlester News-Capital.

    » Read the story

  • Funeral services scheduled for Jim Mayo

    James “Jim” Watie Mayo, retired publisher of the Sequoyah County Times and a past president of the Oklahoma Press Association, died Thursday, October 3, 2019. He was 77.
    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church at 120 S. Oak Street in Sallisaw.
    Mayo was born July 17, 1942, in Fort Smith. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1964. After college he attended Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. He left active duty in the United States Navy as a lieutenant (junior grade) in 1967.
    Mayo and his wife, Becky, moved from California back to Sallisaw in 1967 and Jim Mayo went to work at the Sequoyah County Times as managing editor. He later became associate publisher and general manager. He was publisher of the Times from 1986 to 2016, before retiring to become president of Cookson Hills Publishers, Inc., the family company that owns Sequoyah County Times.
    Mayo was named to the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1993, was the recipient of the H. Milt Phillips Award in 1999, recipient of the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation Beachy Musselman Award in 2002, and named to the OPA Half Century Club in 2004 for 50 years of service to Oklahoma newspapers.
    He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Becky, of the home; two sons, John Robert (Jack) Mayo and his wife Jennifer of Duvall, Wash., and Jeffrey William Mayo and his wife Beth of Sallisaw; one sister, Andrea Mayo Quigley and her husband John of Beaumont, Texas; and six grandchildren.

  • Download the September Publisher

    The September 2019 issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is available for download. This month, read about the return of the Clinton High School newspaper – because the students wanted a print product. Six more of the ONF interns share their experiences of working at OPA member newspapers. We'll share the final interns' stories in October. Download your copy of The Oklahoma Publisher today.

    >> Download the September issue

  • Brett Wesner buys three papers; Blansett to manage

    Wesner Publications Co. purchased the Lincoln County News from Steve and Dawn Mathis last month. The Mathises operated the Chandler paper for 30 years.
    This week Brian Blansett announced he is selling Tri-County Herald and Stroud American to Wesner. However, Blansett will stay on to serve as editor and publisher of the two papers as well as the Chandler paper. All three papers are located in Lincoln County.
    Blansett was OPA president in 2017-18. He said this week in his Tri-County Herald column, “…Now I don’t have to worry about what will happen to the Herald if I choke on a piece of cornbread some sad day. And that’s a good feeling. A very good feeling.” The sale of the Meeker and Stroud papers will be official Oct. 1.
    Wesner Publications Co. is owned by Oklahoma native Brett Wesner, who serves on the boards of the National Newspaper Association and Oklahoma Watch. Wesner Publications now owns 10 community newspapers in Oklahoma. The others are: Bristow News, The Cordell Beacon, The Geary Star, The Hinton Record, The Madill Record, The Walters Herald and The Watonga Republican. 

  • Celebrate National Newspaper Week Oct. 6-12

    Join newspapers across the country in celebrating National Newspaper Week! Please consider devoting as many column inches as possible to reinforce the importance of the Newspaper to your community. 

    Download columns, editorial cartoons and ads at  MAKE IT LOCAL by editorializing about your newspaper’s unique relevance. This can be about your government watchdog role, coverage of community events, publication of timely public notices, etc.

    » Visit

  • Statements of Ownership must be filed & published soon

    Publishers & circulation managers: Remember to file your annual Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Form 3526) with the U.S. Postal Service by October 1. The form also must be published in your newspaper. Dailies must publish by October 10; non-dailies by October 31. The form (#3526) is available in the Postal Resources area.

  • Open Meeting & Records Seminars to be held this fall

    Attorney General Mike Hunter's office will host six regional seminars on the state's Open Meeting and Open Records Acts this fall. The seminars are open to the public and held in partnership with the Oklahoma Press Association and Freedom of Information Oklahoma. They are designed to answer questions concerning the state’s open meeting and records laws and inform elected or appointed officials about their responsibility under the acts. There is no cost or registration required to attend.

    The meetings will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at six locations across the state: Oct. 3, Enid; Oct. 24, Ardmore; Nov. 14, Tulsa; Nov. 21, McAlester; Dec. 12, Lawton; Dec. 19, Oklahoma City.

    » Find out more info on the seminars and locations

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