About the News-Register
We are a semi-weekly community newspaper serving McMinnville and the surrounding Yamhill Valley.
About the News-Register
The News-Register Publishing Co. is a closely held corporation owned by members of the Bladine Family of McMinnville, OR. We are a semi-weekly community newspaper serving McMinnville and the surrounding Yamhill Valley. Our official corporate name is Oregon Lithoprint, Inc., but that name primarily refers to the web printing division of our company.
The newspaper traces its family tree through two branches, back to 1866.
First Branch: The Lafayette Courier started in 1866, and by 1872 became the Yamhill County Reporter based in McMinnville. In 1905 the Reporter merged with the McMinnville News (founded 1901) to form the News-Reporter.
Second Branch: The Oregon Register started in 1881 in Lafayette, and the West Side Telephone was founded in 1886 in McMinnville. Those two newspapers merged to form the Telephone-Register, which was purchased in 1928 by Lars Bladine of Iowa. His eldest son, Jack, came first to McMinnville to begin family operation of the newspaper.
Branches Merge: In 1953, Jack and his brother, Phil Bladine, purchased the News-Reporter and merged it with the Telephone-Register, forming the News-Register. They published that newspaper six days a week until 1958, then published twice-weekly. In 1976 the paper became a tri-weekly, later twice-weekly and back to tri-weekly before settling on its current schedule of Tuesday-Friday delivery via U.S Postal Service. A "total market coverage" publication, "The Post," is mailed to all non-subscribers in the local market.
Lars Bladine was publisher of The Telephone-Register until his death in 1941. Under his leadership, and with Jack Bladine as editor, the paper was named Oregon's best weekly in 1931 and 1935, and was named the nation's best weekly newspaper in 1939.
Jack followed his father as publisher. Phil became editor, and became publisher in 1957 following his brother's death. In 2001, Phil was inducted into the Oregon Newspaper Publisher Association's Hall of Fame.
Phil's son, Jeb Bladine, became editor in 1974 and assumed the role of publisher in 1991. Like his father, uncle and grandfather, he has served as president of ONPA. The News-Register was named Oregon's best community newspaper in its category for 2000, and in 2005 won its seventh consecutive "Sweepstakes Award" from ONPA as the state's most honored non-daily newspaper.
Jeb's son, Philip Ossie Bladine, became news editor in 2011 and, in September 2014, became a fourth generation of the Bladine family to assume the title as editor
In recent years, the newspaper has won General Excellence honors from ONPA and from both the National Newspaper Association and Inland Newspaper Association.
Members of the company board of directors include Jeb and Michelle Bladine, Pam Bladine of San Angelo, TX, Chelsey B. Nichol of McMinnville, Philip Ossie Bladine of McMinnville, OR, and Guy Everingham of McMinnville.
Community Newspaper Mission
Excerpts from the News-Register's Mission Statement:
"As we discover, report and comment on local people and activities, we maintain a diversity of connection points to the community. We produce a scrapbook of shared experiences, values and norms; we highlight the strengths, assets and resources that exist – or are needed – for local people to built a stronger community; we provide recognition for those efforts.
"In these ways, our content fosters loyalty to the community. Loyalty to community is an important characteristic of our readership base. Surveys show that more News-Register readers feel positive toward their community and their city/school governments, by a 2-to-1 margin over non-readers. Our newspaper plays an important role in those beliefs."
"Our content should provide readers with positive connections to their families, friends and neighbors; to their clubs and organizations; to their environment and their government. That connectivity is essential to the strength of our community, and we are the principal provider of information that helps build community."
"We retain trust and credibility in the community by fulfilling our "watchdog" role. We value our reputation of publishing the news without fear or favor."
"We provide the public with an outlet for community opinions. We "prime the pump" for such opinions through our newspaper editorials and columns, and we are a caretaker of the opinions that are published."
Newspaper Facilities / Personnel
The newspaper operates from offices at 611 Third Street in downtown McMinnville. In 2000, the company completed remodeling of its offices and the historic O'Dell Building, which serves as the front entrance and holds the large news department.
There are about 45 employees at the newspaper, including corporate offices. The complex also serves as leased space to related telecommunications companies.
The News-Register has become an industry leader in the field of Internet journalism. Its website was named best in the nation for 2002 and 2004 among community newspapers, and third in 2006.
The company helped create McMinnville's largest Internet access provider, McMinnville Access Company, dba OnlineNW.
Today, as an independent company, OnlineNW leases a portion of the O'Dell Building from the News-Register and maintains an operational partnership with the newspaper. OnlineNW provides Internet access; web site design services; business telephone systems; and local and long-distance business telephone services.
The newspaper also helped launch Oregon Interactive Corporation, a company that operates www.Oregon.com, the state's leading tourism web site.
The newspaper's Digital Media Division provides Internet-related services to other newspapers and publications, including online content management systems and website maintenance sevices.
Thus, Internet operations continue a tradition of state-of-the-art technological advancements in a company that now traces its history through three different centuries.