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The Lansing Journal’s Local Voices policy

LANSING, Ill. (January 6, 2024) – Over the years The Lansing Journal has developed a number of policies that are published as pages on our website. As a way to ensure our readers are aware of those policies, we are publishing each of these pages as an article that will be delivered in the Daily News.

The Lansing Journal believes that communication should be straightforward and concise. We try not to get embroiled in legalese, red tape, or complicated forms. Our policies contain the necessary legal language, but we hope they also are helpful and clear guides to the way we conduct business.

Local Voices policy (Letters to the Editor)

The Lansing Journal is a community newspaper, and we enjoy having a variety of voices on our pages. Our Local Voices feature, comparable to “Letters to the Editor,” provides a forum for community members to express their opinions and observations. Submissions should be emailed to [email protected] with Local Voices in the subject line.

Our Local Voices policy is intended to reinforce an atmosphere of community conversation. When we publish a Local Voices piece, we include the writer’s name and sometimes a relevant identifier such as “Former Lansing resident,” or “Family Nurse Practitioner,” but contact information is not included. We typically do not publish pieces whose sole purpose is to promote a for-profit product or service. (Our Advertising page describes the effective, fairly priced ad options available to serve that purpose.)

We welcome a wide variety of opinions on local matters, as long as they are expressed respectfully and thoughtfully. Foul language will not be published. Personal attacks will not be published.

The Lansing Journal reserves the right — but undertakes no duty — to edit submissions for clarity, grammar, and accuracy without notice. We reserve the right to not publish any submission that doesn’t follow our general guidelines for respectful discourse. Readers who submit Local Voices — and readers who might choose to comment on a submission — are asked to refer to our Comment policy.

Local Voices express the opinion of the writer, not necessarily the opinion of Lansing Journal staff.

Questions about any of these policies may be directed to Melanie Jongsma, Publisher:

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.