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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.

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.

Breaking the Meh Mold

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Five years before Moonshine Ink publisher Mayumi Peacock started seeing her journalistic dream come to life in print, Moonshiner Juliana Demarest was following a similar aspiration on the East Coast.

Chipping In!

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Two local newspapers are closing every week in the U.S. Chip in to support the mission of keeping quality journalism here in Tahoe/Truckee.

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.

Why We Support Moonshine

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A community without a press is a community that is out of touch with the world, says Moonshine member Richard Beaty.

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.

Our Chronicles

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

Your Choice: Lose Your Power or Be Empowered

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A conversation with a healthcare insurance rep and a story about a newspaper being muzzled from reporting bring to mind for our publisher how it’s a choice whether or not to hand over our power.

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.

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).