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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.

Revival of the Great Bingo Revival

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Ready yourselves, Moonshiners, for the Great Bingo Revival. Here’s the story of a revolution.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Importance of Independence

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Get to know your community in an authentic way with mom-and-pop stores. That includes media.

Big Tech & Local Media

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It had ferrets. It had Zuckerberg. It showed our Orwellian state of media. It featured three Moonshine staffers,  covering how today’s huge companies are impacting...

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.

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.

Our Chronicles

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