To our readers. Asking for your help.

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By Dan Haley

Editor and Publisher

Dear friends,

Over the past week our small, hardworking, and now largely remote, newsroom has produced dozens of stories. Most are related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of them are intensely local.

We have published them digitally, pushed them out by email and social media, and our newspaper pages have just been transmitted to our printer. Wednesday Journal, Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark will be in your mailboxes Wednesday morning. The Austin Weekly News will arrive at drop-offs across the West Side on Thursday.

Now, though, I'm asking sincerely for your help. Already we are seeing a stiff decline in our advertising. Think about it: So many of our advertising partners are announcing events and promoting gatherings and those things aren't happening right now.

If you value independent community journalism -- especially in this time of crisis and uncertainty -- now is the moment to invest in our efforts. Growing Community Media, our non-profit entity, needs your financial support to keep us strong. Whether that support is a donation of $25 or $100, or a monthly gift of $10, the time is right to join us as partners in community. If you are able to give more, please do.

Be assured we know full well that there is financial uncertainty in the homes of many of our readers. And we know, because we are telling the stories, there are exceptional non-profits in each of our seven neighborhoods who also are in great need right now.

That said, accurate, current, compelling local reporting is vital. Telling the stories of how our neighbors are responding is connecting.

Please help us do our best work by supporting us.

All the best.

Dan Haley
Editor and Publisher

Contact:
Email: dhaley@wjinc.com Twitter: @OPEditor

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Mikhail Ivanov  

Posted: July 12th, 2020 11:21 AM

Oh Jeffrey: Just because I recognize communist/socialist messaging that masquerades as journalism doesn't mean I'm a KGB agent. My family escaped from Soviet Union long ago. But go ahead with your fantasies...Saul Alinsky did mimeographs in the basement, but I'm sure you know all about that!

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: July 11th, 2020 1:10 PM

Thanks, Dan. Donation made. Local reporting is vital in a democracy and the loss of many similar papers across the country is one reason the right wing in this country has such an iron grip on the media, from the Wall Street Journal on down. Don't let the local fascist/KGB alliance get you down. They whimper but they just can't quit you. If the little sillies really wanted an Oak Park Völkischer Beobachter or Der Stürmer they could print one on the mimeograph in their mom's basement. I mean, it's right next to the cots they sleep on anyway. Onward!

Mikhail Ivanov  

Posted: July 11th, 2020 12:31 PM

What? I assumed that this local Pravda got its funding and marching orders from the Leftist Politburo!!?? That's the only excuse for the one-sided garbage that is published regularly. It's time for this rag to fold.

Tom MacMillan from OAK PARK  

Posted: March 27th, 2020 5:20 PM

The paper serves a purpose that would be sorely missed if it did not exist. But it also is often very frustrating in its very one-sided view and presentation of its version of the facts on so many issues. At least the digital comments section allows for some semblance of a public forum and counter balance here in town, so I hope you get enough subscribers and encourage them to do so.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: March 27th, 2020 11:50 AM

Lisa Wilkinson Thank you for your reply. Glad you like the print version. The internet does make things very easy to access although ads become something that our minds are use to ignoring. A good director knows how to direct to what they want you to notice in a film. With the internet it just does not work that way so some ads are places right over what you want to read and that does make people ignored and in the World of click to the next piece of information means internet ads are rather useless. When the internet was becoming the big thing several years ago, large ad agencies met in Paris to discuss how they would work with the internet for placing ads for their clients. Unfortunately nothing ever came out of it. That is why websites are still advertised in print, radio and television. Even youtube would rather have you pay them money to remove the ads. The ads in print are just more interesting to read and the return is worth more so I certainly would like people to support newspapers although understand how marketing changes what people do

Lisa Wilkinson  

Posted: March 27th, 2020 10:59 AM

Mr. McCoy, my comment wasn't very clear. I would never suggest discontinuing the print paper--I love it and look forward to reading it every week. I only meant that during a time when people might go to the internet for daily updates, the online WJ might be a good way to reach customers.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: March 26th, 2020 6:26 PM

Lisa Wilkinson internet is very difficult to make money from. Most are from pop up ads that you need to click on. It is nice the Wednesday Journal is still able to print a newspaper and it continues. Sure, it is very easy to make a comment on an internet paper compared to a real paper, although as long as newspaper subscriptions stay at a determined level to still remain profitable then they will. I would like every one to become a subscriber to the newspaper since it is the only one in Oak Park and River Forest and for people who did not grow up on the internet, it is a nice way to relax and read the paper, and those ads are much more interesting in print form then they are on an internet

Lisa Wilkinson from Oak Park  

Posted: March 26th, 2020 3:53 PM

Now is the perfect time for local advertisers to get with an online ad program. OP/RF readers are engaged with the online version of the Wednesday Journal like never before. I've never understood why this wasn't the go-to platform for local businesses.

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