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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.

Why Truckee’s First Mayor is a Moonshine Warrior

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This month’s question addresses how to reach out to local newcomers and enfold them into the community fabric. A charity, foundation, chamber of commerce, and fresh tenderfoot herself share their perspectives.

The Local Thread that Binds

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Let’s just say that without local journalism, there is no local. No local pride, no local connection, no local politics, nothing.

Disappearing Ink is Not a Foregone Conclusion

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Through 397 donors, we’ve received $55,420 over the past year. It’s been a lifeline in these tough times. But we need a larger percentage of readers to support the paper.

Our Hero

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Our first Hero membership arrived in October, from Truckee resident Heather Boger.

Should the Government Help Newspapers?

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Would government support of private media violate the spirit of the First Amendment?

Our Chronicles

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How a last-man-standing reporter in a small Pennsylvania town speaks to the Ink’s story.

Red, White, and News

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Who needs news? We all dews. Why I went from partying snowboarder to becoming an advocate for news.

New Horizons for News & Review

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On the eve of coronavirus lockdown, the Reno News & Review halted the presses. However, a talk with the publisher shows that the company has no plans of stopping.

The Crushing Ironies of Coronavirus

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A noxious tale from the meat industry has lessons for our media landscape and democracy, both of which are faltering. It’s another reason to consider a Moonshine Membership.

Memberships continue to grow; “shine” stickers are here!

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Memberships increased rapidly since March; your “shine” stickers are here!