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.

12 Days of Moonshine Ink

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A Sustainer Member family bestows an awesome gift this holiday season, by letting us know what they think makes the Ink AWESOME.

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.

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.

Staying Connected to Community

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When she wants to know what’s happening, longtime resident Dinny Evans turns to the Ink.

And 20 Years Went By …

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Moonshine Ink’s longtime column writers have plenty to say about their commitments to the monthly paper. Read their comments here.

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.

The One Thing Reporters and Members Must Fight For

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Fighting for democracy is what matters to us at Moonshine Ink, and our publisher believes that is one reason why its members support the paper.

Newspapers Take on Big Tech Directly

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A massive antitrust lawsuit against Google and Facebook is giving hope to newspapers by seeking to break up a monopoly, level the playing field for digital advertising, and revive a key part of our democracy.

Deadline by Headlamp

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75 editions ago the Shiners wrapped up a doozy of a deadline. Grab your hot cocoa and blanket, as those of us who were there that night share the tale that proves the presses don’t stop for nobody.

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.