by Melanie Jongsma, Publisher
LANSING, Ill. (December 27, 2021) – We’ve published over 1,400 stories so far in 2021. You probably remember some of the “bigger” ones:
- The 14 pounds of meth seized by Lansing police (November 2021)
- New businesses coming to Torrence Avenue (September 2021)
- The clubhouse demolition at the Lansing Country Club (December 2021)
But there were other stories, too — stories that were not exactly “big” but were still important. Stories that kept people informed and connected.
Informed and connected
For example, the schedule of Fox Pointe events we published in April kept readers informed about a season that faced COVID-related uncertainty at the beginning of the summer.
Stories about our business community turned readers into patrons at SL Wine Bar, Kdulche Café, Never Surrender Studio, Waters Edge, and other local businesses old and new.
And, frankly, the obituaries we publish are important news within our community. By publishing full obituaries online at a nominal price, we serve families efficiently in their time of need, and we provide information for community members who want to express their condolences.
From property taxes to Paragon Freight, from Animal Control to Autumn Fest, from COVID to Common Ground, The Lansing Journal reports, publishes, and delivers community news every day. That’s so important for a community like ours. Whether it’s big drama or everyday information, we provide news that no one else is providing. We’re at every Village Board meeting, every Lansing Area Chamber event, and a wide variety of church, school, library, and veterans programs. We take notes, ask questions, shoot video, and get photos so that we can keep our readers informed and connected.
What it takes
A community newspaper like The Lansing Journal depends on community support. We are not looking for handouts — we offer a great value in exchange for your contributions. Relevant, reliable, balanced, local information delivered right to your email inbox every morning.
We promise to keep telling the stories that no one else is telling. We promise to keep asking the questions you deserve answers to. We promise to keep double-checking the details and earning your trust.
In exchange, will you promise to support us before this year is over?
What’s at stake
Reader support is what keeps this community newspaper going. To say it another way: Without reader support, The Lansing Journal ceases to exist.
What’s at stake? A source of news that is relevant to you and your family. Local journalists who will show up at public meetings and ask questions of elected officials. Balanced, accurate information that people need to make good decisions. And even all the “small,” everyday items that other media aren’t interested in covering. That’s what’s at stake.
To keep that going, how much can you help? Could you commit to a monthly amount?
Friends, we want to do even more reporting in 2022. We want to publish the big, dramatic news as well as the everyday information. We want to keep you not only informed, but also connected.
That connection is the real benefit of having a community newspaper. With reliable, balanced, local information, we understand each other better, we are aware of events outside of our own circles, we develop some civic pride and WANT to tell people where we live. We start shopping local. We start getting involved.
That’s what at stake.
If that’s important to you, will you give to support it?