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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.

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.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, it’s an … Adorable...

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Introducing, from Moonshine Ink World Headquarters … Stoddy! We unmask an underrated ambassador for our growing Membership Campaign.

Why Donate to a Business Like Moonshine?

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Watching the rest of the world struggle during the Covid-19 pandemic, 45-year Tahoe-area resident Ed Miller considered why the local newspapers should be any different.

Patching the Parachute

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The newspaper industry faces an ever-uncertain future, but the Truckee/North Tahoe region continues to support its only local, independent news source.

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.