(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.
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
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!
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:
- The names of any people in the photo
- Some information about the location
- 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!