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The West Suburban Journal is pleased to announce the launch of the West Suburban Journal Bellwood and Broadview weekly newspapers.
The West Suburban Journal scaled back circulation in late fourth quarter 2016 in preparation for the launch of several hyper-local community papers. The new weeklies will return to their respective local drop locations in high traffic areas, such as grocers, banks, churches, park districts, eateries, throughout Maywood, Bellwood, Broadview and surrounding areas. Look to see our new community weekly at newsstands March 23. Subsequent issues will publish each week on Thursday.
In early 2017, the West Suburban Journal Online edition, westsuburbanjournal.com, underwent a major transformation. We invested in a mobile and PC friendly site that delivers breaking news, e-blasts, video streaming and flash and traditional advertising abilities. We integrated social media Facebook and Twitter to our digital platform. The web site is user friendly having news content categorized by each community. In addition to our weeklies, we launch in second quarter a monthly periodical dedicated to Chicago’s West Side. Our weeklies and periodicals total a combined circulation of more than18,000.
We, too, have ramped up our print and digital news content to better serve residents. We welcome to our editorial team, Kevin Beese, former Chicago Sun-Times, Pioneer Press, Editor and Chief. Kevin brings to the West Suburban Journal more than 30 years’ experience, covering Proviso, and producing news and feature stories for weeklies. His work has also been featured in national publications such as the Chicago Tribune. “Through my journalism work I have interviewed everyone from homeless veterans to future presidents of the United States. I know the right questions to ask and always produce interesting articles and copy.” said Beese of his experience.
Jay Miller, web content manager and designer, brings more than 25 years of newspaper content management experience to the Journal. Paul Miller, VP Operations, brings to the organization more than 30 years of business development, technology and strategic sales experience.
Nicole Trottie, West Suburban Journal, publisher, first launched the paper in 2004 becoming the first African American woman in Illinois’ 150-year newspaper rich history to found and publish an accredited weekly newspaper. She has since become the first African American woman in 150-years elected to the prestigious Illinois Press Association, Board of Directors. Trottie’s work has been published in local newspapers, books, and magazines. She has also appeared as a guest on Fox Cable National News. She is a member of several accredited newspaper organizations, including the Black Press Association.
West Suburban Journal offers the best value in town for local businesses to advertise their products/services and increase foot traffic. Our Competitive Edge advertising rates beat any periodical in town! Contact Lakaria Jones, Advertising Manager, for additional information: 708.344.5975 or Jay Miller, Online Advertising Manager, for digital rates and information: 708.344.5679.