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.

Employment Opportunities

Advertising Sales Manager

News-Register seeks a Media Advertising Manager with sales/marketing skills and sales management experience.

Position with family-owned company leads and works with staff in publishing twice-weekly community newspaper, Oregon Wine Press, Oregon Beer Growler, Old Stuff magazine and other publications. We are looking for the right person with 5-plus years of experience in account development for advertising and digital products, marketing expertise, and proven team coaching capabilities.

Our sales manager must have great interpersonal and communications skills, and must work closely with ownership and other company managers. Person must be self-motivated and able to plan, organize and launch new publication products.

The position will have competitive salary and growth-based commissions; paid vacations; 401(k) retirement plan; health and other insurance plans.

Send resume and letter of interest to Associate Publisher Ossie Bladine, P.O. Box 727, McMinnville, OR 97128, or email to obladine@newsregister.com.

  

History

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 returned to twice-weekly. In 1976 it became a tri-weekly; in 2009 it became a semi-weekly, now with mail delivery Tuesdays and Fridays. A "total market coverage" publication is mailed to all non-subscribers in the local market.

Family Leadership

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. Jeb's son, Ossie Bladine, currently is fourth-generation Editor and Associate Publisher of the News-Register, which has been Oregon's most honored non-daily community newspaper over the past two decades.

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, 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-Printing-Publications

The newspaper operates from offices at 611 Third Street in downtown McMinnville. The company's web printing division is located in a 35,000-sq.-ft. facility on Riverside Drive in McMinnville. The Specialty Publications division -- producing Oregon Wine Press, Oregon Beer Growler, Old Stuff and other publications -- is located in the Riverside Drive facility. Combined, the company has about 60 employees.

 

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