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144 stories, 51,027 visitors, 139,149 page views in June—thank you for the growth

June 2020 advertisers and supporters made it possible

by Melanie Jongsma, Managing Editor

LANSING, Ill. (July 2, 2020) – We published 144 stories in June of 2020, nearly doubling the number we published in June of 2019 (88). That’s an important growth metric, but it’s only part of the story. Publishing more news, and a greater variety of news, also leads to more people visiting our website and reading those stories. In June of 2019 10,226 users visited 29,604 pages of our site. This past June we reached 51,027 users who viewed 139,149 pages.

People are reading local news precisely because it’s local. They care about what’s happening to the old Illiana building, about how Lansing was affected by looters and vandals, about a new business determined to open in spite of economic uncertainty, about the sudden passing of an elected official, about whether current students will feel the need to change their school team name.

These are important stories, and most are not being told anywhere else. That’s why people come to The Lansing Journal.

There are two reasons we were able to report 144 local stories last month: Advertisers and Supporters.

I hope you are glad to see those little banners that interrupt your reading—those advertisers are paying money that covers the cost of producing, publishing, and distributing those stories. They are local businesses and organizations who are also impacted by local news. They also have a stake in this community, and the messages in their advertisements are relevant to local readers.

If you have a business, school, church, or organization that would like to join our family of advertisers, feel free to contact me directly.

I also hope you are glad to see this list of supporters that we publish each month—these people are contributing money because they see value in the reporting we are doing, and they want it to continue. Many think of it as a subscription price—although we don’t charge for the news we provide, they consider The Lansing Journal just as relevant as other subscriptions they pay for, so they are happy to give a monthly amount. If you would like to join our family of supporters, feel free to visit our Support page and choose an option that works for you.

Please take a look at the list of names below. These are neighbors and friends and former residents who still consider Lansing “home.” They deserve our thanks for keeping this newspaper going—and keeping it growing:

Readers who gave during the month of June

  • Lindsey and Saad Abbasy
  • Karen Adams
  • Judith Beezhold
  • Susan Bovino
  • John Bush
  • Maryann Centracchio
  • Patricia Chiaramonte
  • Laurel Clausing
  • Greg and Jane Compeau
  • Marlene Cook
  • Diane Costello
  • Denise Cox
  • Kerry Czarobski
  • Lauragene Davia
  • Christopher Deckinga
  • Sandy DeVries
  • Barb Dust
  • Rich Dust
  • Roseann Dykstra
  • Frank Fetters
  • Marilyn Freeman
  • Tina Funchion
  • Jacob Gourley
  • Patty Grigutis
  • Lawrence Grzywinski
  • Andra Heneghan
  • Ted Hnatusko
  • Marjorie Holme
  • Mark Hornung
  • Jim Janssen
  • Melanie Jongsma
  • Jean Klacik
  • Pat Kremer
  • Pamela Lancy
  • Morris Lewis
  • Jim and Suzanne Long
  • Kathleen Maanum
  • Roberto Mendoza
  • Christine Merchat
  • Nauta Enterprises
  • Mary Beth Palka
  • Thomas Panichi
  • Vivian Payne
  • Moira Peterson
  • Richard Podgorski
  • Rosemarie Polgar
  • Jay and Chris Popp
  • Joanne Pritchard
  • Rosalie Prystalski
  • Jean Qualls
  • Penelope Rellis
  • Jane Roseen
  • Jennifer Saia
  • Carol Schaap
  • Peter Schurman
  • Irene Sepiol
  • Slaughter & Associates
  • Michelle Smith
  • Kelsee Stallinga
  • Kristin Stellfox
  • Linda Todd
  • Friends of The Lansing Journal
  • Virginia Ulaszek
  • Leo Valencia
  • Phyllis Warsen
  • Waters Edge Aquascaping
  • Robert Wood
  • Patricia Yos
  • Chris Zdanowski

Again, if you would like to join them in supporting local news, visit The Lansing Journal’s Support page:

Thank you!

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.