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Video: Josh is leaving — here are the details


Watch the video to learn where he’s going, why he’s leaving, and what will happen to the Journal

LANSING, Ill. (May 10, 2024) – Josh Bootsma has served as Managing Editor of The Lansing Journal since August of 2020, and Lansing Journal readers and viewers appreciate all he has brought to this community newspaper. But Josh is leaving — and we want our community to hear the details directly:

Josh is leaving — why can’t we replace him?

Friends of The Lansing Journal may be wondering why we haven’t begun a search for Josh’s replacement, or why it’s necessary for Melanie to take on Josh’s role in the short term (as explained around 9:04 in the video above). The answer to that is finances. We can’t afford to hire anyone yet.

Josh was working at less than half the salary a Managing Editor typically commands. He generously made that sacrifice in order to help The Lansing Journal get established. But it is unrealistic — and unsustainable — to make this an expectation of the job.

Where does the money go?

The main cost of local journalism is, in fact, the local journalists. When you support this local newspaper, you are not paying for buildings, or property taxes, or presses, or travel. You are supporting people like Josh, who give back exponentially.

In order to find the next Josh, the simple truth is, we need to be able to offer a reasonable salary.

Supporting local reporting

If we had 270 readers giving just $20/month, that’s all it would take.

Could you be one of those 270 people? Could you ensure that we have people like Josh in place to provide the local news you depend on every day?

Josh has given so much to The Lansing Journal and to Lansing. We’re doing all we can to make sure his investment wasn’t in vain:

Thank you for building community with us by staying informed and connected. And thank you for your patience as we figure out the future of The Lansing Journal. As Josh said in the video, we want to turn this reality into opportunity, so we can keep serving our community.
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. Why can’t this be worked into the village budget? I would hate to see Josh go. You are both assets to the community. ☹️

    • Thanks, D Wolf, but The Lansing Journal is an entirely separate entity, not a department of the Village. If we were part of the Village budget we might not have the freedom to report independently on our own local government.

  2. Best of blessings in your new ventures, Josh. You will be missed, but how exciting for God to take you in your next phase of life.


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