Could what happened to the original Lansing Journal happen to The Lansing Journal today?
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (March 4, 2022) – A surprise gift from a Lansing Journal subscriber/supporter led Josh and Melanie to a discussion of 60 Minutes, the original Lansing Journal, and possible next steps:
Related information Josh and Melanie referred to
- Digitized copies of the original Lansing Journal (1935–1983)
- 60 Minutes’ segment, “Headlines. Deadlines. Bottom Lines” (with transcript)
Links to the Next Steps Josh and Melanie describe
If you have a smartphone, you can scan the QR codes that appeared on the screen. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can click on them here to go to the links they represent:
Are you able to be an advocate for The Lansing Journal? You can do that each time you read a Lansing Journal article. Below the headline of each article, including this one, you’ll see a row of social media buttons. When you click on the Facebook button, for example, a window to your Facebook page will open, and you can add a message and click “Post.” That puts the article on your Facebook page where your network of friends can click to read it. All those clicks help us.
There are other ways you can help spread the word about The Lansing Journal. When new neighbors move in, will you help them subscribe to the Daily News? If you’re part of a group that is looking for local causes to support, will you suggest The Lansing Journal? Could your church take up an offering for us? Could your business buy advertising from us?
All those efforts help us sustain and grow.
Important news we covered for our community this week
These are the two articles Josh and Melanie referred to in the video:
- TF South’s Dutchess King wrestles her way to second place in state
- Confusion marks attempted appointment of Zuccarelli replacement
After recording this video, Josh and Melanie returned to Thornton Township to cover the special meeting where the surprising appointment was finally made, and they worked together to publish the story a few hours after the announcement:
Take a next step with Josh and Melanie
“Grow or die,” is how Josh described the state of local news. He and Melanie are being intentional about growing The Lansing Journal, learning new things, adding new services, reaching more readers. The original Lansing Journal died, and our community spent 40 years without local news.
Will you take a next step so that doesn’t happen to The Lansing Journal we have today?