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Summer print issue to be delivered Friday and Saturday

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (May 24, 2022) – The summer print issue of The Lansing Journal will be delivered to every residential address in Lansing on Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28, confirmed Britton Zink, General Manager of Door to Door Direct.

Zink has been handling the scheduling and arrangements for this delivery, as he did for the previous print issue. Delivery crews did miss some addresses last time, and Journal staff compiled a list of any that were reported via email or Facebook. That list was given to Zink last week, and he has promised to verify delivery to those addresses this time.

Pick-up at 8 a.m. Friday

The newspapers were printed already last week by Blue Island Newspaper Printing and are currently being held in the warehouse there. Crews from Door to Door Direct will arrive at the loading dock around 8 a.m. Friday and load two skids of bundled newspapers into their vans. From there they will head to Lansing.

Delivered to porches

A delivery crew consists of a driver and several walkers. The walkers are equipped with shoulder bags, and they walk from address to address tossing a rolled, bagged newspaper on each porch. The driver keeps track of where the walkers are, so he can replenish their supply of newspapers before they run out. Because they are walking, the crews are able to maintain a high level of accuracy in ensuring the newspaper lands on the porch rather than on the sidewalk or in the lawn.

Oscar Hernandez was part of a crew that delivered the December 2020 print edition of The Lansing Journal to porches in Lansing. (Photo: Josh Bootsma, 2020)

Delivered to condos and apartments

When delivering to residential condos and apartments, delivery crews will leave newspapers in the lobby area or interior entryway if it is accessible. The crews have been asked to provide one newspaper for each mailbox, and they will do their best to estimate if the mailboxes are not visible.

Delivered in green bags (probably)

Zink anticipates that his crews will be using green bags for The Lansing Journal, to help distinguish it from the sales papers that typically arrive in red or pink bags.

Delivered over two full days

Each crew refers to a map that divides Lansing into delivery zones. They work through the zones systematically and typically deliver from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or later. Completing delivery to all the zones will likely take two full days.

In addition to the main residential deliveries, copies of The Lansing Journal’s print issue will be available for pick-up at several public locations. Once those locations are finalized, a list will be published.


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.