JACKSON COUNTY – Seventeen-year veteran advertising sales representative Tina Mandrake has been named Advertising Sales Manager of Jackson Newspapers. Group Publisher Dave Boden made the promotion this week.
Said Boden, “In the two years that I have been involved with Jackson Newspapers, Tina has always had a fantastic attitude and possesses the skill set needed to be successful in her new position. We are very fortunate to now have two local managers in place in Ripley to better respond to the needs of our readers and advertisers.”

“Having worked with Tina since her first day, I know how compassionate she is about her job and being successful doing it,” said Greg Matics, JN Editor/General Manager . “I’m happy for her to receive this promotion and know she’ll do a good job in leading our advertising sales effort going forward.”

Mandrake is a native of Charleston, WV, and a graduate of Charleston High School with the Class of 1988. It was during high school that she discovered her love for advertising in a advertising/marketing class.
“I always looked forward to my advertising/marketing and art classes,” said Mandrake. “My teacher suggested I pursue a career in something where I could be creative, and advertising seemed to be the perfect match. Anyone who knows me knows I have a creative streak.”

After graduating high school, Mandrake attended the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University, where she majored in advertising and minored in marketing. She holds a regents bachelor’s degree from WVU.

She began her advertising sales career with The Jackson Star News in Ravenswood on Valentine’s Day, working at the paper’s then Washington Street location. The office later moved back to Race Street and then combined with The Jackson Herald into Jackson Newspapers.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes in the newspapers industry as technology has advanced over the years,” said Mandrake. “The days of pasting up pages, running multiple proofs across the county and cutting out clip art have long been replaced with computers, pagination, email and the internet.”

Mandrake lives in Ravenswood with her two sons: Hayden (15) and Trey (10). Hayden attends Ravenswood High School, where he plays football and basketball. Trey attends Ravenswood Grade School and plays basketball.
“In my spare time, I enjoy making jewelry and crafting. I’m easily Pinterest inspired,” she said. “I also enjoy walking and spending time with our dog Bella.

“After 17 years as a multimedia sales executive, I now look forward to working more closely with upper management at Gatehouse Media (our parent company) to help Jackson Newspapers’ advertisers receive cost-effective, creative, result-driven advertising.”