Building community:
The Lansing Journal brand

The Lansing Journal provides balanced, trustworthy, local news in a way that builds community in Lansing, Illinois, and the surrounding region.

A message to our readers

Readers, our “building community” promise means that you get news about your community from people who are part of your community. Our reporters are local people who ask discerning questions and then present what they learn in a way that clarifies or reveals. Each byline and photo credit is the name of someone who stands behind her work.

Lansing is a diverse community, and when we are authentically building community, we are intentional about sharing news that includes all of Lansing. We work hard to make sure The Lansing Journal is a news source that you look forward to reading—whether you are an old-timer or a newcomer; whether you are white collar or blue collar; whether you are black, brown, or white; whether you are young or old.

You can trust our reporters to be honest, respectful, curious, and professional. They go beyond what traditional media can do because they value the relationships they are building within our community.

A message to our advertisers

If you are a local business, church, school, or organization, The Lansing Journal can offer you targeted advertising opportunities that achieve measurable results. We partner with our advertisers to help you deliver your message to engaged readers who recognize that you are building community as well.

While printed newspapers are in decline and have chosen not to cover smaller communities, The Lansing Journal is growing in reach and impact. Our affordable advertising options allow you to reach larger markets even with a smaller marketing budget.

We won’t promise you results unless we are confident we can deliver. We won’t push to close a sale unless it will help your business as well as ours.

Building community is our measure

When we have to choose whether to cover a story or not, we ask if covering it will build community. We do not limit ourselves to “positive” news, and we do not shy away from “negative” news.

We know that truth builds community. If you read it in the Journal, you can believe it.


If you value this brand of journalism, there are three ways you can help:

  1. SUBSCRIBE to the Daily News email (One email each morning, with fresh headlines we posted overnight)
  2. SUPPORT local journalism (Small amounts from many people make a big difference)
  3. ADVERTISE your business or event (Our digital ads get more than 60,000 pageviews each month)

We’re committed to making news accessible, so we don’t charge for our services. Support from our community helps cover the cost of reporting, publishing, and distributing local news every day.