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Lansing Journal article included in NYT’s ‘Local Journalism Worth Reading’

LANSING, Ill. (December 22, 2023) – The New York Times 2023 list of “Local Journalism Worth Reading” was released earlier today, and The Lansing Journal is on it.

New York Times
The chosen newspapers are listed in alphabetical order by state. The Lansing Journal was the only local newspaper selected from Illinois. (Clicking the image will open the full NYT article.)

The story selected by the Times was Josh Bootsma’s November 30 article about Lansing Christian School students and residents of Tri-State Village in Lansing:

The Lansing Journal belongs to LION (Local Independent Online News) Publishers. LION included information in their December 13 newsletter about the New York Times Morning newsletter’s 2023 list of “overlooked stories,” a practice begun in 2021 and 2022. LION explained, “They plan to do this again this year, and they’re considering devoting a newsletter to overlooked stories from local journalism. They’re looking for local publishers to send them two to three of their best 2023 stories for consideration.”

Instructions from the New York times included this note: “We probably will include only one story per publication. But we hope to hear about two or three from each so that we can include a mix of subjects and story types in the final newsletter.”

The Lansing Journal selected three stories — representing politics, sports, and education — and submitted them with one-sentence descriptions on December 14:

  1. Thornton Township Board declares Assessor ‘Absent from duties’ (June 20, 2023)
  2. Pair of TF North girls tennis partners ends successful season at state (October 26, 2023)
  3. Lansing Christian students visit Tri-State Village to provide tech support and friendly conversation (November 30, 2023)

We became aware of our inclusion in the list soon after it was released, through a Google alert and a post in the LION Facebook group.

Every day The Lansing Journal provides local journalism worth reading. Local support makes that possible.

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.


  1. Congratulations on your inclusion in the NYT local journalism worth reading collection. I knew that story about the Lansing Christian students visit was a winner. It was both touching and informative.

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