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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.

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.

In Other Words …

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery … but at what cost? When it comes to maintaining journalistic integrity, you can count on Moonshine Ink to go straight to the source.

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).

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.

What’s Really Real

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We face real problems here in North Lake Tahoe. In the growing nuance of real world problems, we need a voice that’s objective and for facts to rise to the surface. Moonshine does this for us, says a fellow publisher.

Our Members Keep Darkness at Bay

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Our call to save and support this newspaper moved many of you to take quick action and make contributions.

Snapshot of a Lifetime

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The digital and the tangible ... We’ve got all the conveniences of having everything literally right at our fingertips, but keeping a way to physically connect with our memories is so very important.

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.

Our Chronicles

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

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.