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Membership Updates

Since the 2008/2009 recession, American newspaper jobs have fallen 51%, and COVID-19 has accelerated the industry’s crisis: As of this past December, at least 60 local newsrooms across the U.S. have shuttered since March, some of them more than a century old.

Here at home, Moonshine’s Members have kept us afloat to keep shining light on the region’s problems. 2020 marked the year we have been in business 18 years, having published 216 monthly print editions and winning as many first place awards in the National Newspaper Association contest as the years we’ve existed. It also marked the year that 400 community members chipped into our membership campaign, raising us so far a total of almost $60,000.

Join the ranks to save the Ink here, and read the testimonials below from staff and readers about why they Shine.

Newspapers Take on Big Tech Directly

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A massive antitrust lawsuit against Google and Facebook is giving hope to newspapers by seeking to break up a monopoly, level the playing field for digital advertising, and revive a key part of our democracy.

Staying Connected to Community

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When she wants to know what’s happening, longtime resident Dinny Evans turns to the Ink.

A Case for Newsprint

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There’s a reason we choose to print Moonshine on newsprint, the paper made chiefly from groundwood pulp. While a glossy magazine has that oh-so-alluring pop,...

Playing by a Different Set of Rules

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As government and big tech stall on curbing social media polarization, responsibility falls to you (the reader).

Because You Have To

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A surgical hospital set up from “literally nothing” shows how mission-oriented work can make the impossible, possible. Much like our members do for this newspaper.

Keeping a Strong Backbone

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Good journalism is an essential part of what differentiates a community from a place. Why this member supports this newspaper.

Do You Deserve to Know?

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Our duty as journalists is to share the truth with our community, and Moonshiners have a long history of doing just that.

Reporters on the Local Streets

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Who’s writing the stories that essentially comprise 50% of our historical record? Journalists like me.

Bottoms Up to Resilience

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Engineer, family man, 23-year resident … Andrew Ryan is a Moonshine member who believes solving community problems requires a bottom-up approach.

Will Big Tech Finally Pay Small Newsrooms?

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Legislative and legal efforts to force tech giants to either share ad revenue or compensate media organizations are in motion.