Ways to get published

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(Because we want community in this community newspaper)

by Melanie Jongsma, Publisher

LANSING, Ill. (May 23, 2022) – A community newspaper is not just about a community; it’s also by the community and for the community.

We want more community in this community newspaper. We want you to be published in these pages. There are a variety of ways you can do that:

1. Story ideas

If your church, school, or business is hosting an event that the public should know about, please tell us. If you are curious about a building in town, a Lansing tradition, an upcoming holiday, or the name of a street or park, let us know. Your questions and ideas could turn into an article. Here’s a simple form you can use to submit a story idea:

We can’t guarantee every story idea will be published, but your tips help keep the “community” in this community newspaper.

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Lansing resident Adam Barker wrote a Local Voices piece to express his opinion about chickens in Lansing.

2. Local Voices (click to see examples)

We have a feature called Local Voices that gives regular people an opportunity to share their opinions, experiences, thank-you’s, complaints, memories, and knowledge. It’s a perfect option when you want to express something a little more professionally than a Facebook post, but without the rigor of a news article. Email your submission to: Local Voices

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Four-month-old Delilah experienced her first snowfall in Grandma Carrie Caldwell’s yard on Ridgewood Avenue this February, so Grandma sent us a weather photo. (Photo: Carrie Caldwell)

3. Weather photos (click to see examples)

We add local flavor to daily weather reports by including photographs that showcase local scenery. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to send us a weather photo. Just make sure there’s a Lansing connection and some sort of weather connection. We’ve posted photos of sunsets, clouds, flowers, animals, people, the moon, bird eggs, raindrops, and more. Email your photos to to [email protected], and include:

  • Description or location of the photo
  • Names of any people or animals in the photo
  • Name of the person who took the photo — we want to give proper photo credit!
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Victoria Gay was reading the Journal at the Clock Tower in downtown Lansing, and Kyle Bergfors sent us a Journal Journeys photo. (Photo: Kyle Bergfors, 2017)

4. Journal Journeys photos

This award-winning feature showcases people bringing The Lansing Journal to creative locations near and far. Grab your summer print issue and take photos with it at a Fox Pointe concert, on your summer vacation, in front of a new Lansing business, in your own back yard, wherever. Email photos to [email protected] and include:

  1. The names of any people in the photo
  2. Some information about the location
  3. The name of the person who took the photo (so we can give proper photo credit)

Whether you have an idea, an opinion, a photo, or an experience to share, we hope you will take some time to express yourself this summer in the pages of your local newspaper.

We want to see you get published!
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