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The Nevada Independent team as seen in 2017. From left to right: Associate Editor Luz Gray, CTO CJ Keeney, reporter Michelle Rindels, reporter Riley Snyder, reporter Megan Messerly, reporter Jackie Valley, managing editor Elizabeth Thompson, editor Jon Ralston. Photo by Jeff Scheid.

We have come a long way since January 2017.

When we launched The Indy, we had high hopes, talented reporters and few donors. Now, as we approach our third anniversary, I couldn’t be prouder of what our nonprofit has accomplished. We didn’t need the recent Nevada press awards for validation. Our work speaks for itself, and our hard work has been rewarded with hundreds of donations from readers and members to supplement our generous corporate supporters and event sponsors.

But we are not there yet. And that’s why we are trying to turbocharge our way along the path to sustainability with a membership drive designed to increase the number of recurring monthly donors. As I wrote in the first of several emails:


Journalism is vital to our democracy. And we believe it should be free and accessible to everyone. That’s why we don’t have a paywall on our site, charge a subscription fee or clutter our website and articles with ads that have nothing to do with our community.


We believe there is another way to fund quality journalism. We are doubling down on the idea that if we ask our readers to contribute what you think we’re worth, we can build a sustainable business model for nonprofit journalism.


Our memberships now start at $1 so everyone can be a part of Team Indy — and your donation to our 501c3  is tax deductible. But if you can give more, please do. $5 a month is good. $10 is better. $25 or $50 is better yet — and makes a huge difference when hundreds of readers are doing it.

I have never had more faith in a team and a vision. We will get there, but we need help.

If you appreciate what we are doing and rely on us for your news, please give here or send us a check. We have come a long way. Help us get to where we need to be.


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