Welcome to Limestone Post!
Local. Independent. Nonprofit. Journalism.
Limestone Post is an independent, nonprofit, online magazine committed to publishing in-depth, informative, and inclusive stories about the communities in and around Bloomington, Indiana, and beyond.
We launched in 2015 as a for-profit publication with the goal of informing our readers on the diverse topics that can be covered and uncovered in a dynamic community like ours. Our focus was on long-form, comprehensive journalism. Immediately, readers were saying things like (actual quote) “Limestone Post fills a gap in the local media landscape.”
Due to the countervailing effects of digital advertising by the likes of Facebook, Google, and Twitter, we pivoted in 2019 to become a nonprofit organization and join the growing movement toward nonprofit journalism. And now, with the proliferation of partisan misinformation and disinformation, it has never been more important to publish accurate, reliable, fact-based articles.
Our shift to a nonprofit organization has allowed us to focus even more on public-service and solutions journalism. This means our content comes from rigorous reporting not only on the problems and issues in our community but also on what is being done about them. And, as always, we still publish compelling stories on the arts, outdoors, health, education, and anything that makes living here so distinct and worthwhile.
Below, you can read about our mission and meet our hard-working, inspiring, brilliant, and fun Board of Directors. But if you’re already inspired to support our work, you can donate here. By doing so, you can help us with our goal to keep all of our content free (as it’s always been) and never have a paywall. Same with our subscriptions!
As always, we’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to send us an email. Tell us what you think of the magazine, what you like or would like to see more of, or just to say hello.
Limestone Post Magazine is the flagship publication of Limestone Media, Inc., an independent, nonprofit organization created to better inform all residents in Bloomington and the surrounding communities about their vital interests and concerns. Limestone Post publishes inclusive stories covering a range of topics, and since we became a nonprofit in 2019, our focus has shifted even more to solutions-based journalism to show how people and organizations are responding to issues in their communities.
Explore our site for in-depth coverage on everything from the arts, outdoors, and healthy living to social issues, civic policy, and underserved communities. Our contributors are local writers, photographers, and videographers who represent and reveal our community’s racial, ethnic, social, and cultural diversity. All of our content is free.
Read our statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.
What makes us different?
Writers with a voice, photographers with a vision.
The best stories are told by people who are passionate about the topics they’re covering. Whether portraying the story in an article, photo essay, video, poem, illustration, recipe, or in some other compelling way, each contributor has the distinctive voice, vision, and passion to create interesting and engaging articles about our community and beyond.
One of the things that make our articles unique is that each contributor’s creative voice comes through — even when reporting on hard news topics. Our editorial standards are high (we subscribe to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, for example, and maintain strict editorial independence), but we let our contributors tell the stories in the best way they know how. That’s why no two of our stories “sound” alike.
But even more important to us at Limestone Post are these two metrics: the age of our readers and the long-lasting relevance of our content. We have an almost equal number of readers from every adult age group. That might seem like a stunning fact in the Internet Age, but we attribute it to the topics we cover and the way we cover them.
And the way we cover them — with high editorial standards and our commitment to in-depth reporting — answers to why many of the articles are read for years after they’re published. Not days. Not weeks. But years. Of course, much of the data in those articles are dated, but our writers add so much context and history and varied perspectives in their stories that the articles are still valuable, still informative, and still relevant for years after they were published.
We tip our hats to our contributors for creating such important, lasting content. In most cases, they spend weeks researching the material, developing their stories, interviewing sources, creating the content, finding and interviewing more sources, doing more research, following up with their sources (ad infinitum if we let them!) — all to inform our readers.
They deserve fair pay for the work they do. We’re not a 19th-century legacy magazine or one funded by a foundation, but our contributors work just as hard and are just as determined to report as accurately and as thoroughly as any other journalists in the country. They deserve fair pay. Which is our segue to …
Support local nonprofit journalism!
To pay our hard-working contributors, and keep our content free and available to everyone in our community, we rely on donations from our readers. By donating to Limestone Post, you support local artists — including journalists, writers, photographers, illustrators, poets, and graphic designers. It takes a universe of talent to publish a village magazine, and we’d like you to be a part of the team by making it happen.
As a 501(c)(3), Limestone Media Inc. (our official name) accepts gifts, grants, and sponsorships from individuals, companies, and other organizations in any amount for the general support of Limestone Post’s activities.
Readers trust our content because Limestone Post’s acceptance of financial support precludes any voice on the donor’s part in editorial decisions beyond the broadly stated mission of the support of local journalism. And we thank you for understanding that bit of legalese, because it is so much more than legalese: It is our credo, which, frankly, we wish guided corporate media.
Meet our Board of Directors
We would like to introduce you to our Board of Directors. They are devoted and hard working but unpaid, which helps to explain their commitment to nonprofit journalism in general and to Limestone Post and our mission in particular.
Rebecca Hill, President
With over the thirty years of experience, Becky Hill has served on ten nonprofit boards in a variety of offices. She has helped to found four nonprofit boards: Executive Women in Healthcare, Indiana Medical Directors Association, the Irvington Guild of Artists, and the Zionsville Arts Initiative. Currently, in addition to serving as board president for the Limestone Post board of directors, she serves on the boards for Purdue University Libraries Dean’s Council and League of Women Voters Bloomington Monroe County.
Joy Harter, Secretary
Joy is an elder-care professional with over 27 years of experience working with elders and their families. Originally from Woodstock, New York, Joy moved to Bloomington in 1988. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kenyon College and her master’s in Counseling from Indiana University. Joy’s professional experience includes Social Services Director and Assistant Administrator at Meadowood Retirement Community and Executive Director at Bell Trace Senior Living Community. Joy has been an active member of the Bloomington Rotary Club since 2006 and has served on the Area 10 Agency on Aging Board of Directors since 2017. In July 2020, Joy completed her training as a Death Doula, expanding on her capacity to guide individuals and their families through end-of-life issues. Joy is the owner/operator of Anchored Passages LLC, offering end of life guidance, counseling, and elder care consulting services. Joy and her husband, Rick, along with their two dogs, Ziggy and Zeva, are proud to call Bloomington their home. Joy joined the Limestone Post board in 2021.
Krista has over 15 years of experience working with nonprofit and government organizations to design and implement research and evaluation plans. She recently graduated from Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a Master of Public Affairs focused on Nonprofit Management. Originally from the East Coast, she has settled into Midwestern life and happily frequents IU sporting events with her husband and two children.
Maqubè is the founder and CEO of TRIBE Consulting. TRIBE stands for “Together, we are choosing to make room for Reconciliation focused on Intersectionality while Building a sustainable Ecosystem of care and responsibility.” Learn more at her website here: tribeconsulting.net.
Maqubè is the youngest of 13 and loves her family deeply and values communal support, and her standard poodle Kovu!
Frederick A. Turner
Fred is a Hoosier, born and raised in Indianapolis. He has been a Bloomington resident since he returned to attend law school at Indiana University in 1990. He received his undergraduate degree in Finance from IU, too. Fred currently practices criminal defense and has had an office in Bloomington since 1994. Fred has been a member of the board of directors for several other organizations, including the Indiana Alcohol Tobacco Commission (President, 1998-2018), Monroe County Criminal Justice Council, Bloomington Learning Development Center, and National Association of Environmental Law Society. Fred is married to Nicole Jacquard, and they enjoy traveling, food and wine, live music, and spending time with family, including Fred’s two adult sons, Noah and Danny.
Lynae Sowinski, Vice President
Lynae co-founded Limestone Post in the summer of 2015 and served for years as Editorial Director, working with all contributors and managing the editorial content for the site. A Bloomington native, Lynae graduated from Indiana University’s School of Journalism in 2012. She started her editing career at Bloom Magazine as a high school intern and, over the course of almost eight years, advanced to the position of Associate Editor. Lynae currently lives in Athens, Georgia, with her wife and daughter and works for Global Online Academy, a nonprofit organization that reimagines learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.
Carol Williams, Treasurer
Carol arrived in Bloomington in 1979 after earning degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Arizona. It was supposed to be a temporary move, but it turned out that Bloomington is such an enjoyable place to live that she’s still here. A longtime community volunteer, she has served as treasurer for nonprofits Cougars for Better Education, Tri Delta House Corporation, and currently Limestone Post. She is board secretary for Bloomington Meals on Wheels and is looking forward to her twentieth year as assistant coach for the Bloomington High School North girls tennis team. (l-r) Carol and Dyson.
Kaytee is the Marketing & Communications Manager at the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. Kaytee grew up in Greenwood, Indiana, and came to Bloomington in 2011. After one year, she went to Ball State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a photo concentration in 2015. After graduating, Kaytee moved back to Bloomington to grow roots in the community. Kaytee has been in her role at the Chamber since May 2021, and since then she began her master’s degree journey at Purdue University in Communications and also graduated from the Indiana Chamber Executives Association’s Hoosier Chamber Academy. Kaytee and her boyfriend, Zech, share a 5-year-old Australian shepherd, Kora, who is their only child. Kaytee loves to travel, try new foods, and is passionate about photography.
Emily arrived in Bloomington after living abroad in Bonn, Germany. Since moving to Bloomington, she has served in various capacities on University Elementary and Tri-North Middle schools’ PTOs. Currently, she is a member of Cougars for a Better Education and helps with grants and other projects to support teachers and students. In her spare time she loves practicing yoga, spending time at the horse barn, and traveling with her family.
Jennifer Fettchenhauer comes to Limestone Post with experience as a journalist who’s covered local, regional, and national news. In 2008, she left the newsroom for a career in Public Relations and Media Outreach where she has served clients in agriculture, tech, startup, alternative energy, and transportation. A native Texan and TCU Horned Frog, she relocated to Bloomington ten years ago and immediately got to work volunteering in our community. As co-hair of the Tri North PTO, Jennifer developed and started the Y.E.S. Club (Youth Engaged in Service), started a partnership with faculty and students at IU’s SPEA program for Global Youth Service Day, and also brought the Presidential Service Award to the school.
“What draws me to Limestone Post is the solutions-based, nonprofit approach. This kind of coverage gives our readers comprehensive information they can trust, on issues that can affect their lives,” said Jennifer. “ And a better informed community is a more robust and civically engaged community.”
She now enjoys living the empty nesting life in Bloomington with her husband, Scott, and their two dogs, Lucky and Luna. Their son, Max, is a recent graduate of Ball State, pursuing a career in film production and directing.
Publisher & Executive Editor
Ron created Limestone Post with Lynae Sowinski in 2015 to publish long-form stories about Bloomington, Indiana, and beyond. The goal was to feature diverse, local writers, photographers, illustrators, videographers, and other creative people. An award-winning writer and editor, Ron has written feature stories about the arts, culture, business, and adventure travel for publications across the country.
In 2020, Lonely Planet published a chapter that Ron wrote about the American Discovery Trail for its new guidebook National Trails of America. The editors had seen Ron’s article on the ADT in Limestone Post and asked if he would write about it for Lonely Planet. Before working on Limestone Post, he wrote for and edited at several print publications and taught journalism at Indiana University. He’s been a member of Kappa Tau Alpha National Journalism Society and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Ron graduated from IU with a bachelor’s degree and, in 1993, earned a master’s in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. He worked as a freelance writer and editor in Austin, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, and New York before moving to Bloomington — the Austin, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, and New York of south-central Indiana, or so he says.
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