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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Bright Lights, Small Paper

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Our members’ support helps us to create an environment that fosters these bright lights for the future of journalism — like Lola Hadley, our summer intern.

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.

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.

Staying Connected to Community

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

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,...

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).