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Student newspaper celebrates 100 distribution sites

  • Grand Valley Lanthorn staff, President Philomena V. Mantella and community members celebrate the newspaper's 100th distribution site at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus January 31.
  • President Philomena V. Mantella with Grand Valley Lanthorn Staff
  • Grand Valley Lanthorn staff at a celebration for the newspaper's 100th newsstand.
  • President Philomena V. Mantella with Grand Valley Lanthorn staff at a celebration for the newspaper's 100th newsstand.
  • Lanthorn advisers at a celebration for the newspaper's 100th newsstand.
  • Former Grand Valley Lanthorn adviser at a celebration for the newspaper's 100th newsstand.

Posted on January 31, 2020

In a changing environment of news distribution, staff members for the Grand Valley Lanthorn are celebrating a milestone for the newspaper's print product.

Grand Valley’s student-run publication will now be distributed to 100 newsstands. Lanthorn staff dedicated the 100th newsstand to its donor, The Grand Rapids Press, at a January 31 ribbon-cutting ceremony in Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus.

Editor-in-chief Nick Moran said the newsstand represents more than 100 distribution sites for the publication.

“This represents an overall expansion of our readership and everyone coming together to make this happen,” Moran said. “We take pride in making our news product more accessible to our readers.”

Grand Valley administrators and members of the Allendale community also attended the celebration. President Philomena V. Mantella commended the newspaper's staff members for their journalistic integrity and level of quality.

“I’m pleased to see distribution and print is being maintained,” she said. “It’s great to support the independence, the ethics and the quality of this newspaper.”

Jesse Becker, advertising manager, said the 100th newsstand is an exciting opportunity that allows the staff to reach out to new advertisers.

“We want to offer advertisers better print and online delivery of their ad message, and increasing our number of locations will help accomplish this for them,” Harvey said.

The 100th location will be available at the GVSU commuter parking lots behind the Walker Fire Station on Lake Michigan Drive. The Lanthorn began in October 1968 and the online edition, www.lanthorn.com, was established in fall 1995.