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feeling thankful

by Melanie Jongsma, Managing Editor

LANSING, Ill. (December 17, 2020) – More than 20,000 people read The Lansing Journal each month.

Last month our most popular stories were posts about COVID, new job opportunities, obituaries, honor students, local firefighters, and vehicle emissions testing in the area.

We publish that kind of news every single day. It’s not always groundbreaking or in-depth. Often it’s just basic, practical information that people need and appreciate.

About 1% of our 20,000 readers show their appreciation by supporting The Lansing Journal financially.

“I am so thankful every day for the email delivery of The Lansing Journal in my inbox,” wrote one of them. She enclosed a check with her card.

“We both enjoy reading The Lansing Journal,” another couple told us. “It is one of the first things we both do every morning.” They signed up as monthly supporters.

“You give us a gift each and every day!” wrote another monthly supporter. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Those are notes from the 1%. They love The Lansing Journal, and they want everyone to have access to it. They also understand that The Lansing Journal is free to read, but it is not free to produce. Quality journalism costs money.

We at The Lansing Journal are grateful for the 1%. Their generosity keeps this newspaper going.

But we also realize that it’s a little risky for so many readers to rely on so few supporters.

I’d be much more comfortable if our base of support was at least 10% of our readership! But as a first step I’d settle for 2%.

If you’re willing to join the small group of people who help make local news available to anyone who needs it, will you become a member today? Even if you aren’t interested in helping the 20,000, maybe you’d like to at least cover the cost of the news you yourself read each day.

Like all other local media—and like many other local businesses in town—The Lansing Journal is struggling to survive and also to grow our coverage to serve you better. We need your help.

If you value the information we provide every day, if you appreciate having a connection to the community around you, if you are proud that small-town Lansing, Illinois, has its own newspaper—please become a supporting member now. Please don’t assume that the 1% can keep doing all the work.

Choose any membership level that works for you—because it all helps.

A little bit each month:

A one-time gift of any size:


Thank you! Your support does make a difference,


Not convinced? Here are a few more testimonials from your friends and neighbors:

“The straightforward and honest news that we get from the Lansing Journal is a blessing.”

“I had been intending to make a contribution anyway, and this seemed like the appropriate time. I know we both enjoy perusing the Journal.”

“I just read Josh’s awesome article about the Lansing Food Pantry Annual Meeting in today’s Journal! Wow! Thank you for giving such thorough and positive coverage. The color pictures, encouraging tone and accurate details are very much appreciated!”

“Beautifully written and organized paper. Thank you for putting a positive note on 2020 by sending these out!!! #lovemynewspaper”

“I love all the work you’re doing, and it just reminds me of what a great place Lansing was to grow up.”

“It’s great to know what’s happening, and I believe the Journal does a great job of making Lansing feel like a close community.”

“Great coverage of the best of our town! So proud I live in this community and have a newspaper that covers it all.”

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