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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I Say ‘BIN,’ You Say ‘GO’!

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For the Moonshine bingo fundraiser, Alibi Ale Works buzzed with energy. Rev. Rusty Reams, the charismatic host, turned the game into a modern sensation, with disco lights and contagious beats.

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.

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.

Let It Shine

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Gallery 5830’ owners Sara Dube and Curtis Blassingame say it’s only natural to support Moonshine Ink.

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.

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...