About Us

Limestone Post co-founders (left) Ron Eid and Lynae Sowinski | Photo by Chaz Mottinger

Limestone Post co-founders (left) Ron Eid and Lynae Sowinski | Photo by Chaz Mottinger

Mission

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.

Support local journalism

As a 501(c)(3), Limestone Media, Inc. accepts gifts, grants, and sponsorships from individuals, companies, and other organizations in any amount for the general support of Limestone Post’s activities. 

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.

To keep our content free and available to everyone in our community, we rely on donations to pay for our operating costs, such as  contributor fees. You can support local artists — including freelance writers, photographers, illustrators, poets, and others — by supporting Limestone Post.

This photo was taken by Limestone Post contributor Richard Koenig, the Genevieve U. Gilmore Professor of Art at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Growing up in Bloomington, Richard often photographed trains throughout the area. Some of those photos became the focus of his essay “Tracks Through Time: The Trains of 1970s Bloomington,” which is one of our most-viewed stories of all time. This southbound train is shown on its route between Morgantown and Bloomington, near Mt. Gilead Road and State Road 45 on March 25, 1977. Richard sent us this photo because of the limestone post in the foreground. | Photo by Richard Koenig

This photo was taken by Limestone Post contributor Richard Koenig, the Genevieve U. Gilmore Professor of Art at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Growing up in Bloomington, Richard often photographed trains throughout the area. Some of those photos became the focus of his essay “Tracks Through Time: The Trains of 1970s Bloomington,” which is one of our most-viewed stories of all time. This southbound train is shown on its route between Morgantown and Bloomington, near Mt. Gilead Road and State Road 45 on March 25, 1977. Richard sent us this photo because of the limestone post in the foreground. | Photo by Richard Koenig

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 another innovative way, each contributor has the distinctive voice, vision, and passion to create interesting and engaging stories about our community and beyond.

Print edition

A Sense of Place is a commemorative magazine that depicts the history of Bloomington and Monroe County in stories, paintings, poems, illustrations, and more. Published by Limestone Post in 2018, this art magazine has 100 pages depicting where we came from, how we got here, and what makes this community so special — the art, the architecture, the music, the people, the history. A Sense of Place is fine reading for anyone interested in our community. More information can be found here

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Form 990-N, Limestone Media, 2019

Ron EidRon Eid

Publisher

Ron started Limestone Post in 2015 to create an online publication where people could find amazing stories about Bloomington, Indiana, and the southern-Indiana hill country. An award-winning writer and editor, Ron has written feature stories about the arts, culture, business, and adventure travel for publications across the country.

The Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded Ron first place in Magazine Sports Reporting in 2010 for his story on the local roller derby league, Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby. After writing and editing at several print publications and teaching journalism at Indiana University, he began developing Limestone Post, an online-only culture and lifestyle magazine. 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.

Lynae SowinskiLynae Sowinski

Cofounder

Lynae joined Limestone Post in the summer of 2015, working with all contributors and managing the editorial content for the site.

A Bloomington native, Lynae graduated with honors from Indiana University’s School of Journalism in 2012 with a minor in sociology. 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. Among other duties, she managed the website, magbloom.com, which won Best Journalism Website in 2012 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Lynae retired from skating with Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby in summer 2016. She was on the organization’s board of directors as vice president of marketing from 2013 to 2014 and president from 2014 to 2015.

Photo by Chaz Mottinger

Design Team

We have been extremely fortunate in teaming up with two of the best web and graphic designers in town, Jenny El-Shamy of Jenny El-Shamy Design and Jordan Warner of August Road Design.


Jenny El-ShamyJenny El-Shamy 
(Jenny El-Shamy Design)

Jenny El-Shamy is a professional graphic designer with more than 15 years of industry experience. Before starting her own design studio, she worked professionally in the publishing industry and at design firms in Cincinnati and Chicago where her clients included American Girl, Bath & Body Works, Target, Simon and Schuster, and Totes-Isotoner. Her work has been featured in Print and Step-By-Step Graphics magazines and included in shows by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Chicago Book Clinic, and the Art Directors Club of Cincinnati. She has received multiple awards for her work. In addition to her professional practice, Jenny is a Senior Lecturer at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University.


Jordan WarnerJordan Warner 
(August Road Design)

Jordan Warner is the creative director and founder of August Road, an award-winning web design & creative consultancy based in downtown Bloomington. With over 15 years experience, Jordan has crafted web sites which have been featured in the USA Today and for companies profiled by the New York Times.