Big change in Nevada journalism: The Nevada News Bureau will shut down

The Nevada News Bureau, which has provided a reliable source of news outside of the state's newspapers, will close this Friday.

Very sad news for the industry here as NNB broke stories and kept other reporters on their toes.

Here's the announcement from Publisher Elizabeth Crum:


Readers, Colleagues, Media Partners & Friends:

It is with deep appreciation for your help, encouragement, readership and support over the past three years that I am tasked with announcing the suspension of operations at the Nevada News Bureau.
In short, we have been unable to secure the funds we would need to continue operating in 2013. Such is life, sometimes, in the non-profit world.
More than two dozen Nevada newspapers and websites have been regularly publishing our stories this year, and I regret that we will no longer be able to provide them with free, non-partisan content about Nevada government and politics. I am also sorry to disappoint the more than 330,000 readers who have visited our website since we launched in 2009, as well as our regular Nevada readers who total nearly 20,000.
Sean Whaley, our stellar capitol bureau reporter, has landed on his feet at his old digs, the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He starts soon, and I know you will all wish him well. It has been my great honor to work alongside Sean and call him both a colleague and friend.
I will continue to co-host the daily political talk show "The Agenda" at KSNV-Channel 3 and will still be Tweeting pithy remarks and links from @elizcrum. I will also soon be revving things up at my old blog and posting news and opinion blurbs for your reading pleasure.
Nevada News Bureau will continue to register with the Nevada Secretary of State as a non-profit organization and will, in the eyes of the Department of Treasury, be an inactive nonprofit for the time being. Our governing board is open to restarting operations should we secure funding through one or more donations or media partnerships. If you are donor looking for a worthy cause or a media organization wishing to discuss opportunities for partnership with us, please contact me.
All in all, it's been a great ride, and we hope we brought something worthy to Nevada.
Our last day will be this Friday, December 21, which is also Mayan Apocalypse Day. Sean and I thought the timing was appropriate.