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 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.

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.

Will Big Tech Finally Pay Small Newsrooms?

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Legislative and legal efforts to force tech giants to either share ad revenue or compensate media organizations are in motion.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Because You Have To

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A surgical hospital set up from “literally nothing” shows how mission-oriented work can make the impossible, possible. Much like our members do for 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...

A Case for Newsprint

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There’s a reason we choose to print Moonshine on newsprint, the paper made chiefly from groundwood pulp. While a glossy magazine has that oh-so-alluring pop,...