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COVID-19: A message from our publisher

By Bob Conrad

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April 24 update: Great news. Thanks to the Local Media Foundation and its Local News Fund, This Is Reno can now accept tax-deductible donations. We are incredibly fortunate to be able to accept funds through a nonprofit intermediary. Our donation forms have all be updated as a result, and you may donate below.

Thank you!

April 8 update: Good news. We were notified last week that we received $5,000 from Facebook’s local journalism project. We still need help. These funds are going directly into new reporting on how COVID-19 is impacting the greater Reno area, but that means our regular reporting is still in need of support. Any assistance is appreciated. Thank you! We will (likely) get through this.


March 24 update: Here is where we are as of today. Despite reduced coverage from freelancers, our publishing output is double what it was a month ago. Cautiously, we are okay through April (thank you to generous supporters and advertisers). We are still plugging away until then. I’ll update this page when and if anything changes.


March 19 update: We’ve eliminated our weekly business news email and business news briefs. Our food/restaurant reviews are also suspended. I’ve applied for an emergency grant to continue operations and am considering a small business disaster loan. We’re still plugging away on the day-to-day reporting. I’ll update this post when anything else changes.

Original post

Thank you for your continued interest in This Is Reno. Like many small businesses, we too are feeling the impact of coronavirus in the Reno area, as well as impacts from the necessary efforts being made to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The cancellation of so many special events in the Truckee Meadows, along with cuts to local business and government operations, means we are also taking a financial hit.

The ultimate impact remains to be seen, which is, frankly, a scary position. We do not anticipate scaling back any news coverage in the near term; however, with what is happening to businesses, nonprofits and local governments—especially when they are shut down—that will inherently affect us, and it could be drastic.

We ask in this time of crisis to please, if you are able, help support our community, particularly locally owned businesses and Reno’s vulnerable populations.

We also need your support. There are three ways you can support continued reporting of Reno news.

  1. Subscribe. If you are not already a subscriber, we hope you consider supporting our news coverage by becoming a subscriber. We have not put any articles behind our paywall since early March. When this turns around, non-COVID-19 stories as before, especially when involving considerable resources on our end, will be published behind the paywall.
  2. Advertise. We have incredibly competitive advertising options for effectively reaching online audiences in the greater Reno area. Businesses and organizations affected by COVID-19 will be considered for discounted advertising.
  3. DONATE using the form above.

The nature of this virus inherently means news topics will change. For example, our list of upcoming events this week—and in the coming weeks—is focused on activities that require minimal contact with others. Importantly, you may read all of our coronavirus news coverage here. It’s free, open, and accessible to everyone.

On behalf of the This Is Reno team, stay strong and healthy — and again, thank you for your continued support.

Bob Conrad, PhD

This Is Reno’s COVID-19 news coverage

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Scott Allen March 16, 2020 - 4:28 pm

Your articles have continued to encourage people to get out, go skiing, go to museums, etc. Ski resorts are closing, Nevada museum of art is closing. This doesn’t seem to be responsible journalism when we should be encouraging people to stay away from group activities.

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