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Oklahoma newspapers and Oklahoma newspaper list

Introduction to Oklahoma News Media

Oklahoma is a state in South-Central united states that was officially annexed to the union on November 16th, 1907, as the 46th state. As of 2019, with a population of 3,956,971, Oklahoma is the 28th-most populous of the 50 United States and the 44th-largest media market in the United States.

Before being annexed to the union, Oklahoma was a part of the Indian Territory & Oklahoma territory. Owing to this, a lot of Oklahoma’s history is rooted in the Indian Territory. The same is the case with the history of the press in Oklahoma, and it can be traced back to the Union Mission in the Indian Territory in the late 1830s.

History of Press in Oklahoma

The first printed materials to be circulated in Oklahoma were in 1834, when Oklahoma was still a part of the Indian Territory. They were pamphlets in various Indian languages printed from the press in Georgia & Tennessee and transported to the Indian Territory for circulation. 

First Press in Oklahoma

The first press in Oklahoma was established by the Union Mission in Indian Territory in 1835. It was established by Rev. Samuel A. Worcester to print religious pamphlets to be circulated among the Indian tribes.

Worcester later moved the press to Park Hill in Cherokee Nation in 1837 and began circulating pamphlets & religious publications in Cherokee, Choctaw, and Muskogee languages.

Second Press in Oklahoma & The First Newspaper

Following the establishment of Union Mission press in 1835, Baptist Mission Church quickly established a second press in Cherokee Nation by the early 1840s.

In fact, the Baptist Mission Church can be credited with establishing the first Sunday school in the Indian Territory, a school for training the ministers, Christian workers, home builders, and a paper for informing, indoctrinating and inspiring the people.

The Cherokee Messenger was the first paper to be published in the Oklahoma territory, and it was published from the Baptist Press.  The paper first hit the newsstands in 1844.

The Second Newspaper in Oklahoma – The Cherokee Advocate

Within a month after The Cherokee Messenger entered circulation, the second newspaper, The Cherokee Advocate, entered circulation. The paper first hit the newsstands on September 26th, 1844, and it was published in both English & Cherokee.

Unlike the early newspapers, The Cherokee Advocate was quick to gain popularity and readers. The paper remained in circulation until 1906.

Other Early Newspapers in Oklahoma

The success of The Cherokee Advocate, The Cherokee Messenger, did pave the way for many new newspapers in the region.

Choctaw Telegraph was one such newspaper to be published in the Choctaw Nation near the end of 1848. The paper was short lived and was withdrawn from circulation by the end of 1849. It was revived in 1870 and remained in circulation until 1907.

Choctaw Intelligencer was another newspaper to be published in the Choctaw Nation. The paper was printed from the press in Deatsville, and it first hit the newsstands in May 1850.

As of 2020, there are more than 240 newspapers and news websites in Oklahoma. This article will look at some of the top newspapers & news websites in Oklahoma and discuss some interesting facts about them.

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The Oklahoman

Oklahoma Newspapers 01 The Oklahoman

The Oklahoman is a daily newspaper in Oklahoma owned by Gannet. Founded in 1889, the paper is the state’s most trusted source for news and is the largest newspaper in Oklahoma.

History

The paper was founded in 1889 as The Daily Oklahoman by Sam Small. Within a few years after launch, the paper was acquired by The Oklahoma Publishing Company in 1903. Over the years, the paper has undergone a series of mergers, acquisitions, and name changes until it was renamed to The Oklahoman.

What do they publish?

Apart from the newspaper’s printed edition, they also host an online news website with dedicated sections for news, weather, headlines, opinion, business, sports, life, and more. While most contents on the website are available for free to users, access to e-edition is restricted to paid subscribers.

Oklahoma Newspapers 01 The Oklahoman website

The Oklahoman Online

The Oklahoman Android App

The Oklahoman iOS App

News 9

News 9 is a VHF television station in Oklahoma owned by Griffin Communications. The channel first went on air on December 20th, 1953.

News Operation

As of 2020, News 9 broadcasts 39½ hours of locally produced newscasts with 6 hours on weekdays and 9.5 hours on weekends. Apart from these, the channel also airs local weather updates and weather warnings.

News 9 also hosts an online news website that is frequently updated with the latest news & updates. There are dedicated sections on the website for various news, sports, video, contests, careers, and more.

Oklahoma Newspapers 02 News 9 website

News 9 Online

News 9 Android App

News 9 iOS App

Tulsa World

Tulsa World is a daily newspaper in Oklahoma owned by Lee Enterprises. Founded in the year 1905, the paper presently caters to Tulsa’s city and north-eastern and eastern portions of Oklahoma.

History

As said earlier, the paper first hit the newsstands in the year 1905. It was published by Republican activist James F. McCoy and Kansas journalist J.R. Brady. Over the years, Tulsa World has played an instrumental role in the socio-political scene of Oklahoma.

What do they publish?

Apart from the printed edition of the newspaper, Tulsa World hosts an online news website with dedicated sections for news, obituaries, opinions, sports, entertainment, and more. The paper also publishes an e-edition that can only be accessed by paid subscribers from the website.

Oklahoma Newspapers 03 Tulsa World website

Tulsa World Online

Tulsa World ePaper

Tulsa World Android App

Tulsa World iOS App

News on 6

News on 6 is a television station in Tulsa, Oklahoma, owned by Griffin Communications. The station first went on air in 1949 and had over the years, became a prominent TV channel in Oklahoma.

News Operation

Compared to the other TV stations in Oklahoma, News on 6 airs more news contents on the channel. As of 2020, they air 48½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week with 8 hours on weekdays and 8.5 hours on weekends combined.

Apart from the TV station, news on 6 also airs an online news portal with dedicated sections for various news, sports, video, contests, careers, and more.

Oklahoma Newspapers 04 news on 6 website

News On 6 Online

News On 6 ePaper

News On 6 Android App

News On 6 iOS App

The Express-Star

The Express star is a weekly newspaper in Oklahoma owned by Community Newspaper Holdings inc. The paper was established in 1892 and had since been catering to its readers in Grady County.

What do they publish?

The Express star publishes the printed edition of the newspaper on Thursdays, and it is delivered by mail subscription. They also host an online news website which the readers can access for free. Unlike the weekly newspaper, the paper is frequently with the latest news & updates, and there are dedicated sections on the website for news, sports, entertainment, and local news.

The paper also publishes an e-edition, the access to which is restricted to paid subscribers.

Oklahoma Newspapers 05 The Express Star website

The Express-Star Online

The Express-Star Android App

The Express-Star iOS App

Koco News 5 

Koco News 5 is the newscast broadcasted on the KOCO TV channel in Oklahoma. The channel first went on air in 1954, and on July 2nd of the same year, they began their channel operations.

History

The channel began by airing 30 minutes of locally produced news content daily in 1954. By 1958 the channel had increased its news broadcasts to more than 2 hours a week. As of 2020, the channel airs about 34 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (5 hours on weekdays and 4.5 hours each on weekends).

What do they publish?

Apart from the daily newscast, the channel also airs an online news website with dedicated sections for local news, weather updates, traffic updates, headlines, and more.

Oklahoma Newspapers 06 Koco News 5 website

Koco News 5 Online

Koco News 5 Android App

Koco News 5 iOS App

Tulsa News

Tulsa News is an online news portal owned by the KTUL TV station. The website covers all facets of news & updates from in and around Oklahoma and has dedicated sections for news, weather updates, national & international news, and more. Readers can also access the live channel from the website.

Other than the news website, KTUL also airs 30 hours of locally produced newscasts each week.

Oklahoma Newspapers 07 Tulsa News website

Tulsa News Online

Tulsa News Android App

Tulsa News iOS App

KXII News 12 

KXII News 12 is a local TV channel in Oklahoma & Texas covering news and updates from Sherman and Denison in Texas, Ada, Ardmore, and Durant in Oklahoma, and their surrounding areas.

Apart from the TV channel, KXII News 12 also owns an online news portal with a dedicated section for news, weather, sports, community news, classifieds, and more. Readers can also choose to access Live TV from the website.

Oklahoma Newspapers 08 KXII News 12 website

KXII News 12 Online

KXII News 12 Android App

KXII News 12 iOS App

The Oklahoma Daily 

The Oklahoma Daily is an independent newspaper published by the students of the University of Oklahoma. Founded in the year 1917, the paper covers news and updates concerning the university.

Other than the printed edition of the newspaper, they also publish an online website covering news, sports, culture, and more. The paper also has an active presence on Facebook & Twitter.

Oklahoma Newspapers 09 Oklahoma Daily website

Oklahoma Daily Online

Norman Transcript

The Norman Transcript is a daily newspaper in Oklahoma serving the Cleveland and McClain counties. The paper was established in 1889 and had since been covering news & updates from Cleveland and McClain counties. 

The paper also publishes an e-edition that can be accessed by paid subscribers from the paper’s official website.

Oklahoma Newspapers 10 Norman Transcript website

Norman Transcript Online

Norman Transcript ePaper

Norman Transcript Android App

Norman Transcript iOS App

Stillwater News Press

Stillwater News Press is a 3-day morning newspaper in Stillwater, Oklahoma, owned by CNHI. Both the paper and its online edition caters to its readers in Stillwater, Payne County communities of Cushing, Glencoe, Perkins, Ripley, and Yale & Noble County communities of Morrison and Perry; Pawnee in Pawnee County; and Coyle in Logan County.

Oklahoma Newspapers 11 Stillwater News Press website

Stillwater News Press Online

Stillwater News Press ePaper

Stillwater News Press Android App

Stillwater News Press iOS App

The Journal Record 

Oklahoma Newspapers 12 Journal Record

The Journal Record is a daily newspaper in Oklahoma owned by Gannet. Founded in the year 1937, the paper covers business & legal news from Oklahoma. The paper also hosts an online news portal covering the latest news & headlines, updates on markets, updates on latest events & trade shows, and more.

Oklahoma Newspapers 12 Journal Record website

Journal Record Online

Tahlequah Daily Press 

The Tahlequah Daily Press is an award-winning newspaper in Oklahoma owned by Community Newspaper Holdings. Founded in the year 1963 as The Pictorial Press, the paper covers all the news from Tahlequah and Cherokee County.

The paper also hosts an online news portal catering to the readers’ in-depth coverage, headlines, & latest news on local events, obituaries, sports, community & more.

Oklahoma Newspapers 13 The Tahlequah Daily Press website

The Tahlequah Daily Press Online

The Tahlequah Daily Press ePaper

The Tahlequah Daily Press Android App

The Tahlequah Daily Press iOS App

Muskogee Phoenix

Muskogee Phoenix is a daily newspaper in Oklahoma catering to the inhabitants of north-eastern Oklahoma. It is interesting to note that the paper first hit the newsstands in 1888 when Oklahoma was still a territory.

As of 2020, the paper publishes a daily printed edition and an e-edition apart from hosting an online news portal.

Oklahoma Newspapers 14 Muskogee Phoenix website

Muskogee Phoenix Online

Muskogee Phoenix ePaper

Muskogee Phoenix Android App

Muskogee Phoenix iOS App

Enid News & Eagle

Oklahoma Newspapers 15 Enid News Eagle

Enid News & Eagle is a significant source of news and marketing for Enid and the surrounding Territory in northwest Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 as a weekly newspaper, the paper has grown to become a leading & trusted source of news.

Oklahoma Newspapers 15 Enid News Eagle website

Enid News & Eagle Online

Enid News & Eagle ePaper

Enid News & Eagle Android App

Enid News & Eagle iOS App

Shawnee News-Star 

Oklahoma Newspapers 16 Shawnee News Star

Shawnee News-Star is a daily newspaper in Oklahoma catering to its readers in Pottawatomie, Lincoln, and Seminole counties. As seen today, the paper was established in 1943 by the merger of the erstwhile newspapers Shawnee Evening Star and Shawnee Morning News.

The paper also has an active digital presence through an online news portal, social media pages, and mobile apps.

Oklahoma Newspapers 16 Shawnee News Star website

Shawnee News-Star Online

Shawnee News-Star ePaper

Shawnee News-Star Android App

Shawnee News-Star iOS App

Claremore Daily Progress

Claremore Daily Progress is a daily newspaper in Oklahoma. Founded in the year 1909, the paper is one of the oldest continuously operated newspapers in Oklahoma. As of 2020, the paper is owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. and caters to the communities in Rogers County.

The paper also maintains an online news website apart from publishing an e-edition. 

Oklahoma Newspapers 17 Claremore Daily Progress website

Claremore Daily Progress Online

Claremore Daily Progress ePaper

Oklahoma Gazette

Oklahoma Gazette is a free alternative weekly newspaper in Oklahoma Tierra Media Group. Established in the year 1979, the paper is primarily distributed in Oklahoma City. Both the printed newspaper and its online website covers local and statewide news dealing with city government, education, politics, sustainability, food, restaurants, and more.

Oklahoma Newspapers 18 Oklahoma Gazette website

Oklahoma Gazette Online

The O’Colly

Oklahoma Newspapers 19 The OColly

The O’Colly is a student-run newspaper in Oklahoma published by the students of Oklahoma State University. Founded in the year 1895, the paper has grown to become one of the top college newspapers in the country.

While the printed edition of the newspaper is published thrice a week inside the campus, its online website is frequently updated with the latest news & updates.

Oklahoma Newspapers 19 The OColly website

The O’Colly Online

The O’Colly Android App

The O’Colly iOS App

The Ada News

The Ada News is a daily newspaper in Ada, Oklahoma, owned by the Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. The paper first hit the newsstands in 1904 under the ownership of Carlton Weaver & Company.

As of 2020, the paper also hosts an online news website and publishes an e-edition.

Oklahoma Newspapers 20 The Ada News website

The Ada News Online

The Ada News ePaper

The Ada News Android App

The Ada News iOS App

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise 

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise is a daily newspaper in Oklahoma owned and published By Gannet. Both the paper & its online website serves as the premier source for local news, events, and business information for Bartlesville.              

Apart from a strong presence on the web, the paper also has an active presence on Facebook & Twitter.

Oklahoma Newspapers 21 Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise website

Examiner-Enterprise Online

Examiner-Enterprise ePaper

Examiner-Enterprise Android App

Examiner-Enterprise iOS App

Guthrie News

Guthrie News is an online news portal covering all facets of news & information on Guthrie city, Oklahoma. The website has dedicated sections for in-depth news coverage, community, crime, sports, and more.

Apart from a strong presence on the web, the paper also has an active presence on Facebook & Twitter.

Oklahoma Newspapers 22 Guthrie News website

Guthrie News Online

Guthrie News Android App

Guthrie News iOS App

The Lawton Constitution 

The Lawton Constitution is a daily newspaper in Lawton, Oklahoma, owned by Southern Newspapers. Founded in the year 1904, the paper has remained under the ownership of Shepler’s family until 2018.

Both the newspaper & its printed edition covers all facets of news & information from Southwest Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Newspapers 23 The Lawton Constitution website

The Lawton Constitution Online

The Lawton Constitution ePaper

Sooner Catholic

Sonner Catholic is the official newspaper for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. The paper is primarily focused on serving the faithful in central and western Oklahoma by providing the information needed to live as missionary disciples.

The paper is circulated among the members of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City for free.

Oklahoma Newspapers 24 Sooner Catholic website

Sooner Catholic Online

Muskogee Phoenix

Muskogee Phoenix is a daily newspaper in Oklahoma owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. Founded in the year 1888, the paper currently has a circulation in several counties of north-eastern Oklahoma.

Apart from the daily printed edition, the paper also hosts an online news website with dedicated sections for local events, celebrations, obituaries, and more.

Oklahoma Newspapers 25 Muskogee Phoenix website

Muskogee Phoenix Online

Muskogee Phoenix ePaper

Muskogee Phoenix Android App

Muskogee Phoenix iOS App

The Daily Ardmoreite

As the name suggests, The Daily Ardmoreite is a daily newspaper published in Oklahoma. Founded in the year 1893, the paper covers all facets of news & updates from in and around Oklahoma.

Apart from a strong presence on the web, the paper also has an active social media presence.

Oklahoma Newspapers 26 The Daily Ardmoreite website

The Daily Ardmoreite Online

The Daily Ardmoreite ePaper

The Daily Ardmoreite Android App

The Daily Ardmoreite iOS App

Duncan Barrier

Duncan barrier is a daily newspaper in Oklahoma, published in Duncan. Founded in the year 1892, the paper is Stephens County’s Only Daily Newspaper.

As of 2020, the paper publishes a daily printed edition and an e-edition apart from hosting an online news portal.

Oklahoma Newspapers 27 The Duncan Banner website

The Duncan Banner Online

The Duncan Banner Android App

The Duncan Banner iOS App

Conclusion

The newspapers & news websites listed in this article are the major ones published & circualted in the state. Out of all the papers in circulation, Oklahoman is the largest newspaper, and Gage is the smallest paper in circulation.

Like the other states in the US, the circulation of newspapers in Oklahoma is on a rapid decline. It was estimated that the newspapers in Oklahoma saw a drop of 42.3% in daily circulation and a 34.8% drop in Sunday circulation from 2007 to the end of 2012.

This decline in circulation directly impacted the revenue from sales & advertisements. Owing to the fall in revenue, newspapers such as The Edmond Sun were forced to merge with others.

The industry, which was already limping, took another blow when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the US. With the pandemic, advertising revenue of newspapers almost hit zero, which has forced many newspapers either to merge or to wind up their operations.

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