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Journal Journeys: Connie Simon and her weather photo


LANSING, Ill. (May 5, 2024) – Not only did Connie Simon purchase her own weather photo that was included in the “Lansing Through the Seasons” exhibition, she also purchased a Published Photographer sweatshirt. And then she returned to the gallery wall at the library to get a photo of the photo and the sweatshirt.

Connie Simon
Published photographer Connie Simon posed with her official Published Photographer sweatshirt, underneath her published photo. (Photo provided)

Connie’s photo, taken in January 2023, shows a coyote near the perimeter of the forest preserve. It was reproduced as a 14×11″ acrylic panel.

The weather photo exhibition will be on display at the library through May. Connie Simon and others who have purchased photos from the gallery will be able to take them home then.

To inquire about which photos are available for purchase (as originals or reprints), email [email protected].

Understanding the Journal Journeys

Having started in 2017 as a series of photos of people holding The Lansing Journal in various locations, the ongoing feature known as the Lansing Journal Journeys has officially expanded to include:

  • People holding photocopies of The Lansing Journal’s logo in a variety of locations
  • People indulging in Journal Java Chip ice cream from Gayety’s
  • People enjoying a Lansing Journal Latte (hot or iced) at Kdulche Café
  • People wearing their Published Photographer shirts to celebrate the special status that comes from being published in The Lansing Journal
  • People with weather photos that were part of The Lansing Journal’s first photo exhibition

Enjoying the journeys

The fact is, we love to see our community represented in the Journal — and we love to see the Journal represented in our community. If you purchased one of the weather photos on the library gallery wall, go ahead and take a picture of yourself with the photo — or with the photographer! Send it to us for publication using the info below:

Email your photos to [email protected] and share:

  1. Names of any people or animals in the photo
  2. Name of the person who took the photo
  3. Description or location of the photo

Then get your merch

Our “Published Photographer” design is available as a shirt, sweatshirt, long-sleeved shirt, hoodie, coffee mug, magnet, tote bag, or phone case. Click the image to choose from a variety of colors, styles, and sizes at our shop on Each purchase helps support this community newspaper.



The fine print
By submitting photos to The Lansing Journal, you are affirming that the content is original to you or that you have the right to allow The Lansing Journal to edit, publish, display, and otherwise use it and credit it to you by name, without any obligation to you or any other person or entity.
License. By submitting the content, you grant The Lansing Journal a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free license to make all legally permitted uses of the content under copyright and privacy/publicity laws, in any format and media, and to sublicense others to do the same. This includes, among other rights, the right to edit, embellish, and compile with other content your content, and to publish, display, make derivatives of, and otherwise use the content, without further notice or any payment obligation.
Representations. You represent that you have the right to enter into this agreement. If any minors appear in the content, you represent you are their parent or legal guardian and have the right to grant us the rights to the content. You also represent that you own all rights to the content and/or have the authority to grant these rights, and that our permitted use of the content will not infringe on any third party’s rights. You also represent that the content is free and clear of any liens and that our use of the content will not raise any claim of infringement, invasion of privacy, defamation, publicity, or claims for any payments.
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.


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