About Us

The Southwest Journal was Southwest Minneapolis’ community newspaper for 31 years, providing high-quality news coverage of government, schools, parks, crime, and more. We existed to serve our community with integrity by producing a reliable professional publication and are committed to fairness, teamwork, and openness to new ideas.

The Southwest Journal was family-owned and operated in Minneapolis since 1990, and provided award-winning local news coverage for 20 neighborhoods in Southwest Minneapolis. Our small team of reporters, designers, salespeople, administrative staff and delivery personnel produced and delivered the free newspaper paper every two weeks to homes and businesses.

Janis Hall and Terry Gahan launched the newspaper in 1990 in their Linden Hills home, brainstorming ideas with a small news team at their kitchen table. At the end of 2020, they announced their intentions to close the publication after the December 17, 2020 issue. You can read more about the closure here: Southwest Journal to stop publishing at end of year.