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  • April Publisher available for download

    Want to know about the OPA Convention? Download the April issue of The Oklahoma Publisher for details on speakers and events. Plus a list of where OPA member newspapers print and a look at the new USB, which is twice as fast as the previous model.

    >> To download the April issue, click here.

  • Download the March issue of The Oklahoma Publisher

    You can download the March issue of The Oklahoma Publisher by clicking on the link below. This month features the nine journalists who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in April, the OPA Nominating Committee's recommendation for officers and directors for 2019-2020, and a look at the new flip phones.

    >> To download the March issue, click here.

  • Save the date for the OPA Convention!

    Mark your calendar for the 2019 OPA Convention on June 7-8 at the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort in Shawnee. This is a big opportunity to network with your newspaper peers and make new connections.
    The keynote speaker will be Mike Boettcher, a veteran network news correspondent who has been recognized with journalism's top awards. Plan to attend a Q&A session with the state's congressional members and staff educational sessions on advertising, photography, drones, open meetings/open records and more. Award recognition will be presented on June 8, including winners of the 2018 Better Newspaper Contest. Plan to join us!

  • Lynn Martin Death Notice

    Lynn Luther Martin, publisher of the Alva Review-Courier, died March 12, 2019. He was 77.
    A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Alva High School auditorium, 501 14th Street, Alva, OK 73717.
    Martin was born Sept. 11, 1941, in Springfield, Mo. In 1947, he moved with his parents to Rolla, Mo., where his father and partners put KTTR-AM on the air. After graduating from Rolla High School in 1959, Martin attended the Missouri School of Mines in Rolla and the University of Missouri at Columbia before earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.
    He married Marione Elaine Derrickson on Feb. 1, 1963, in Licking, Mo. The couple made their home in Rolla where Lynn was news director at KTTR-AM. They moved to Alva in December 1968 after purchasing KALV-AM, which they operated until it was sold in 1988.
    The Martins began publishing the Newsgram, a free publication, in 1971. On April 1, 1990, they bought the Alva Review-Courier.
    Lynn and Marione were both inducted into the OPA Quarter Century Club in 2015.

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    Celebrate Sunshine Week, March 10-16

    Shine a light on the importance of open records and government transparency during Sunshine Week, March 10-16. Join news organizations across the country in informing readers about the importance of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Free materials are available now and more will be posted next week at SunshineWeek.org.
    A free FOI training seminar, led by Dr. Joey Senat, will be held the evening of Wednesday, March 13 at OSU. » More event info

  • Journalism Hall of Fame announces its 2019 class

    Nine journalists and two longtime educators will be honored Thursday, April 25, as the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame launches its 50th year with a special First Amendment Day on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond. Master of ceremonies will be Mark Thomas, executive vice-president of the Oklahoma Press Association.

    The hall of fame inductees are:

    • M.J. Alexander, internationally recognized journalist
    • Mary Bishop-Baldwin, Tulsa World assistant editor and marriage equality pioneer
    • Brian Blansett, owner of the Tri-County Herald
    • Ziva Branstetter, The Washington Post’s corporate accountability editor
    • Chris Casteel, The Oklahoman’s news director
    • Bob Dotson, retired NBC-TV correspondent and author
    • Wayne Greene, the Tulsa World’s editorial page editor
    • Griff Palmer, database journalism pioneer and former New York Times reporter
    • Timothy E. Talley, political reporter for The Associated Press.


    » More information about this year's inductees and to order tickets

  • Tulsa World column on importance of open records

    Mark your calendar - Sunshine Week is March 10-16.
    Earlier this month the Tulsa World went to court to protect its access to certain records in a local crime story. Managing Editor Susan Ellerbach writes, "My purpose in writing this column is not to talk about this very public case, but rather to answer the questions of why the Tulsa World — at a time when budgets in the news business are extremely tight — would spend good money on a legal fight over the openness of public records."
    OPA EVP Mark Thomas is quoted several times.
    P.S. If you publish a column or editorial on open records or meetings, let us know!

    »  Read Ellerbach's column

  • The Comanche Times has new owners & publisher

    Todd Brooks is the new publisher and editor of The Comanche Times. Brooks is a former editor of The Marlow Review.
    The Times was recently sold by Kelli Bolton to Marlow residents Keith and Anita Mansfield. Bolton chose to sell the paper following the death of her husband, Steve, in October.

  • February Publisher available to download

    The February issue of The Oklahoma Publisher is in the mail. If you can't wait to get it, you can download it now. This month we look at two newspaper sales, two web redesigns and share photos from the Feb. 7 OPA Legislative Summit.

    >> To download the February issue, click here.

  • 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 info@readfrontier.com 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 www.betternewspapercontest.com/OPA. 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 lsutliff@okpress.com 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 cfrank@okpress.com or lsutliff@okpress.com 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 jgilliland@okpress.com) 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.

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