Its coverage area centers on Medford and Ashland and includes many small communities in Jackson County. The newspaper also covers Central Point, Talent, Eagle Point and Phoenix, as well as Jacksonville and other cities in the Rogue Valley.
George Putnam bought the Medford Tribune and two smaller weekly newspapers on April 2, 1907. In 1910, he purchased the Medford Mail and combined it with the Tribune to create the MailTribune. He later sold the paper in order to purchase the Salem Capital Journal.
The newspaper is now owned by Local Media Group, whose predecessor company purchased the Medford paper in 1973. It was awarded the 1934 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Service, because of its coverage of corrupt politicians. Its sister paper in Ashland, the Ashland Daily Tidings, is also part of Local Media Group.
On September 4, 2013, News Corp announced that it would sell the Dow Jones Local Media Group to Newcastle Investment Corp., an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group, for $87 million. The newspapers will be operated by GateHouse Media, a newspaper group owned by Fortress. News Corp. CEO and former Wall Street Journal editor Robert James Thomson indicated that the newspapers were "not strategically consistent with the emerging portfolio" of the company. GateHouse in turn filed prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 27, 2013, to restructure its debt obligations in order to accommodate the acquisition.
A daily edition of the Mail Tribune always has at least two sections and 16 pages. The size and configuration of the paper varies day to day, based on how many advertisements have been sold.
The A section of the Mail Tribune is typically 8-10 pages and contains most of the big local, state, national and international news of the day. On Fridays and Sundays, local news is presented in a separate B section.
The sports section runs in the B section, except on Fridays and Saturdays, and features a selection of the day's top local sports stories. The sports section includes a scoreboard of national, international and local sports scores and data.
Other standing pages
The daily Mail Tribune publishes a business news page somewhere in the paper.
The Mail Tribune's has four special feature sections that run regularly each week. Sunday's edition contains a Your Life section, with general lifestyle content. Wednesday contains the A La Carte section, which features food articles. Friday is the Oregon Outdoors section, containing local and regional outdoors stories. Friday's edition also contains Tempo, a tabloid insert about local arts and entertainment.
The Mail Tribune's North Fir Street newsroom consists of reporters, assigning editors and multimedia staff, as well as a separate sports department. Copy editing and page design is handled at GateHouse Media's Center for News & Design in Austin, Texas.