We were just the right size for this community to believe in


by Melanie Jongsma, Publisher

LANSING, Ill. (June 1, 2021) – I had a chance this month to look through some stats about The Lansing Journal from two years ago. We were trying to get help at that time, from a company that specializes in helping small newspapers “build financial sustainability — because the public deserves access to quality journalism.” After pulling together information about The Lansing Journal and our community, and emailing back and forth with this company, and finally meeting with their reps via Zoom one afternoon, I was deflated when I learned they wouldn’t be able to help us after all. We were too small, they said.

That was two years ago, and a lot has happened since then (including a pandemic). The Lansing community has rallied around this community newspaper — and we’ve grown. From just over 500 subscribers at that time, to just under 4,000 now. From approximately 10 advertisers in the monthly print edition (not counting Shopper advertisers), to 28 advertising digitally during a typical month now. From 40 occasional supporters to more than 400 now, 25 percent of whom signed up as monthly supporters.

We were too small for that newspaper sustainability organization to take on — and maybe we still are — but we were just the right size for this community to believe in.

Thank you.

If you are not yet a contributor to this little newspaper, I hope you will read the names below and join me in thanking these visionary believers. It’s because of them that this community has a community newspaper.

Thank you, May supporters

  1. Lindsey and Saad Abbasy
  2. Karen Adams
  3. Donna Marshall Attinello
  4. Claude Baker
  5. Judith Beezhold
  6. Dan Bergan
  7. Barry Bergstrom
  8. Joanne Bertalan
  9. Susan Bovino
  10. Theresa Bresnahan
  11. Janice Brink
  12. John Bush
  13. Maryann Centracchio
  14. Laurel Clausing
  15. Greg and Jane Compeau
  16. Marlene Cook
  17. Diane Costello
  18. Denise Cox
  19. Kerry Czarobski
  20. Christopher Deckinga
  21. Debbie DeNardo
  22. Fran Duffy
  23. Barb and Rich Dust
  24. Roseann Dykstra
  25. Don Dykstra
  26. Alexa Edwards
  27. Vicki Evers
  28. Sandra Farmer
  29. Frank Fetters
  30. Fine Tune Auto
  31. Marilyn Freeman
  32. Jim and Judy Friesema
  33. Tina Funchion
  34. Ernie Gonzalez
  35. Edward Gonzalez
  36. Evelyn Gossman
  37. Jacob Gourley
  38. Cynthia Griffiths
  39. Patty Grigutis
  40. Brian and Kathy Hardy
  41. Cam and Megan Harvey
  42. Julie Hiskes
  43. Ted and Helen Hnatusko
  44. Marjorie Holme
  45. Mark Hornung
  46. Donna Huizenga
  47. Jim Janssen
  48. Melanie Jongsma
  49. Anonymous Supporters
  50. Joe and Suzanne Jonkman
  51. Steve Kasper
  52. Jean Klacik
  53. Frank Knittle
  54. Judith Koch
  55. Pat Kremer
  56. Cynthia Krusza
  57. Pamela Lancy
  58. Clem and Barb Lessner
  59. Morris Lewis
  60. Jim and Suzanne Long
  61. Luci Lugowski
  62. Kathy Maanum
  63. Doris Magnabosco
  64. Roberto Mendoza
  65. Lynda Mendoza
  66. Dehlia Mendoza
  67. Christine Merchat
  68. Joyce Mulder
  69. Chuck Murach
  70. Nauta Enterprises
  71. Marilou Ooms
  72. Grant Oppenhuis
  73. Mary Beth Palka
  74. Thomas Panichi
  75. Robert Parrent
  76. Moira Peterson
  77. Richard Podgorski
  78. Rosemarie Polgar
  79. Jay and Chris Popp
  80. Joanne Pritchard
  81. Jean Qualls
  82. Anonymous Contributor
  83. Penelope Rellis
  84. Ridge Animal Clinic
  85. Jane Roseen
  86. Anonymous Donor
  87. Jennifer Saia
  88. Beverly Sanders
  89. Carol Schaap
  90. Sandy Schultz
  91. Schultz Insurance Agency
  92. Dave Schurman
  93. Pete and Shirley Schurman
  94. Connie Simon
  95. Todd Simon
  96. Slaughter & Associates
  97. Michelle Smith
  98. Richard Smits
  99. Frieda Smits
  100. Reba Spilis
  101. Kelsee Stallinga
  102. John Stole
  103. Jim Sweeney
  104. Linda Todd
  105. Anonymous Friends
  106. Virginia and John Ulaszek
  107. Leo Valencia
  108. James Van Milligen
  109. Gerrit Veenstra
  110. Tim Vermeer
  111. Sandy Vree
  112. Scott Wagner
  113. Phyllis Warsen
  114. Waters Edge Aquascaping
  115. Dave Wilford
  116. Robert Wood
  117. Dana Wood
  118. Patricia Yos
  119. Chris Zdanowski

Join the believers

If you’ve been enjoying the local news we publish every day, and you want to make sure that our community doesn’t become a news desert, we need your investment too. The Lansing Journal is and will remain a free publication for everyone. But to keep our journalism viable, we need support from anyone who is able.

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Donation Total: $12.00 Monthly

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