Missoula Independent

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317 South Orange Street Missoula MT 59801
317 South Orange Street Missoula Montana 59801 US

Western Montana’s weekly journal of people, politics, and culture. As Montana’s largest weekly newspaper, the Missoula Independent provides a popular antidote to the more conventional local media. Published on Thursdays and distributed free at more than 550 locations across western Montana, the Independent has a weekly circulation of 20,000 and reaches a broad cross-section of readers. Three-quarters of all the adults in Missoula read the Independent, and thousands more read it throughout the region, from Hamilton to Whitefish. The Independent offers a rich, in-depth perspective on our unique life here in the “Last Best Place.” From performing arts at the University of Montana, to labor disputes at the local lumber mills, the Independent covers western Montana in all its variety. And we do it with style. The Independent has been honored with countless editorial awards, including prestigious national first-place prizes in 1998 and 2000 from the the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Our goal at the Independent is to provide a resource for people who want to make informed choices, whether political, social, artistic or recreational. With nearly 250,000 people living in our western Montana distribution area, and more arriving every day, we are presented with new choices all the time. Our readers count on the Independent to give them insight into the wealth of changes affecting their cultural landscape, to help them understand the true nature of their community, and to help them guide its future, as well as their own.