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The Lansing Journal plans ‘Pop-Up Newsroom’ at July 10 Cruise Night

Public invited to stop at Lansing Journal table in front of Mancino’s

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (June 29, 2021) – Borrowing an idea from Eric Crump at the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle, and partnering with the Todd family, who owns the business property at the corner of Ridge Road and Roy Street, The Lansing Journal will have a “Pop-Up Newsroom” presence at Lansing’s next Cruise Night, Saturday, July 10, 6:00 – 9:30pm.

The goal for the “Pop-Up Newsroom” is to give members of the community a chance to meet Lansing Journal staff in person, share story ideas, subscribe to the free Daily News email, and even register complaints. Publisher Melanie Jongsma and Managing Editor Josh Bootsma will both be at the event, along with unconfirmed others from the writing team.

Cruise Night brings hundreds of people to Ridge Road, including visitors from neighboring towns. Ridge Road businesses, particularly restaurants, take advantage of the opportunity to sell merchandise and interact with customers. The Lansing Journal does not have a physical location on Ridge Road, but after consulting with the Lansing Area Chamber (18155 Roy Street), the Journal’s request for space near Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders (3300 Ridge Road) was granted by Owner Amy Todd. The Pop-Up Newsroom will take the form of a folding table bedecked with a Lansing Journal banner.

Pop-Up Newsroom
The Todd family — John, Amy, and Jim — used the 2018 Cruise Night as an opportunity to celebrate Mancino’s 20-year anniversary in the Lansing community. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Cruise Nights are sponsored by the Lansing Association for Community Events (LACE). Additional information can be found at the:


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.