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Supporters rallying to save Missoula Independent newspaper

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Staff members of the weekly newspaper in Missoula are calling on the community to help them stay afloat.

The Missoula Independent is asking supporters to participate in a social media campaign to discourage the paper's owner, Lee Enterprises, from shutting the paper down.

The Indy operated as an independently-owned paper in Missoula for nearly 30 years. Lee Enterprises, which also owns the Missoulian, bought the Independent from previous owner Matt Gibson in spring 2017.

Missoula Independent staff formed a union in response to the sale. 

Union members say Lee is now threatening to shut down the paper if the union doesn't agree to cut most of the paper's staff.

In response, the union is asking the public for its support. Dozens of community members are already responding by posting messages and creating videos using the hashtag #KeepMissoulaIndy to show their support. Local filmmaker Andy Smetanka even made a short silent-picture style film with a Super 8 camera.

Independent staff are also hosting an event at the Union Club on Sept. 7 to meet with supporters.

Watch some of the videos in support of the Indy:

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