Local independent media matters and, folks, it sure isn’t easy keeping it alive. Therefore, we take a moment to acknowledge Moonshine Ink’s work — a pat on our own back — to honor winning four awards from the National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest.

These awards include: honorable mention for best investigative story, It Rolls Downhill, by Megan Herbst investigating the Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency’s (TTSA) alleged disenfranchisement and dysfunction while employees fight for union representation. “Fascinating work on something that could have been let go by a less ambitious staff. Kudos for sticking with it,” judges from the NNA said.

We were awarded first place for best business feature story, Back of the House in Dire Straits, by Ally Gravina with photos by Jeremey Jensen, reporting on the employee shortage in the service industry throughout Truckee/North Lake Tahoe. The judges credited this story to have a “Good focus, strong lead, and interesting angle to an otherwise typical worker shortage story.”

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In the best editorial cartoon and best sports column categories, Moonshine Ink took home second place for both. The (second) best editorial cartoon was awarded to Mike English’s cartoon regarding affordable housing as told through locals living out of their Subarus. Emily Harrington also took second with her sports column, Balancing Act.

We are honored to receive these awards from the National Newspaper Association, a nonprofit and the largest newspaper trade association in the United States.

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